Monthly Archives: May 2021

No More Hiding, Really?

By Swami Nirmalananda Saraswati

I went inside at Starbucks yesterday without a mask.  Yes, I’m fully vaccinated.  It was the 15th day after my final shot.  I could smile at the barista who took my order.  It was lovely!   And it felt strange.  I’m used to hiding, hiding my face and even hiding in my home.  How long will it take before we really feel like we can come and go with ease?  I’m ready!

Last Sunday, I led a meditation program with 20 people onsite.  We did mask because at least one yogi said she hadn’t been vaccinated yet.  We masked to protect her.  Remember, my mask protects you.  Because being vaccinated doesn’t mean I don’t have the virus — it only means I won’t suffer from it.

And Patanjali teaches, in the Yoga Sutras, that the suffering yet to come can and should be avoided.  Of course, he wasn’t dealing with a pandemic.  And he wasn’t talking about improving the world.  He was talking about how you handle your mind.  But this is a time to handle your mind well.

You have choices you haven’t had in a year or more.  You have skills you didn’t have before.  Hopefully, you’ve been doing more yoga practice, so you feel different inside your own skin than a year ago.  What do you really want?  Where do you want to go?  What do you want to spend your time and money on?

These are big questions.  Your choices affect what you do today and how you feel while doing it.  More importantly, your choices affect your tomorrows.  As you set your feet on a pathway back into the world, what path are you choosing?  Where will this path take you?  What will you attain from your efforts?

For my part, I like to follow Patanjali’s recommendation, do more yoga.  [Yoga Sutras 1.22]

Giving Blessings, Receiving Blessings

By Lynn (Gurupremananda) Cattafi, Board Member 

I have personally found what Gurudevi says to be true, “In supporting any organization and serving others, you put your body, mind and heart all to work at the same time.  With these three capacities all focused in one direction, you can make a difference in the world.  And uplift yourself at the same time.”   

This quotation touches my heart because it describes my own “yoga in action” since the Ashram’s inception.  Gurudevi brings these mystical and ancient teachings into the world.  Assisting and supporting her is the most uplifting experience for me.   

Supporting your Ashram is the greatest gift you can give.  I encourage you to support the organization that supports you by making a donation to the Ashram’s spring fundraiser, “Giving Blessings.” 

Think of all that the Ashram has given you.  When many yoga studios were hunkering down or even closing, Gurudevi and the Ashram swamis continued to serve.  In fact, they were more active than ever.  Within 10 days of pandemic lockdown, then began providing online programs.  They brought Svaroopa® yoga into your home.  They reached out to shield you from the bumps and bruises of 2020.  They helped you to grow and further deepen into your Self during the shutdown.  

What better way to show your gratitude than by offering your financial assistance?  Your generosity, in any amount, is a grace-filled expression of your love for your yoga.  Your financial support enables Gurudevi to expand the Ashram’s reach.  That sends more blessings to the world.  What the world needs now is more yoga! 

When you support your Ashram, you pour your own blessings into the world. Your seva (selfless service) helps keep the Ashram running.  Your asana (yoga pose) practices uncover your own light, which shines into the world.  Your dakshina (financial support) sustains the Ashram in supporting you as well as the world.   

From my own experience, I know that integrating all three practices into your life is powerful.  Your heart opens and your mind opens.  You experience your best YOU.  You live from your own Self.  Your yoga blesses you.  Your love and support bless your Ashram.   

You can donate on our website or on Facebook.  You can call us at (610) 644-7555.  Or you can even send your check to Svaroopa Vidya Ashram, 116 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown, PA 19335. 

Your support makes a difference in the world, and to you. 

Svaroopa® Vidya Meditation

Finding yourself is a matter of finding your “capital-S Self,” your Divine Essence.  For that, you need to know two things:  where and how to look.  These three taglines point you in the right direction.  Let them inspire you to find your Self, in a simple and easy way that opens up profound levels of inner experience.  We can teach you how to bring the teachings of the ancients into your modern lifestyle.

Svaroopa® Vidya Meditation: Feeling Lost? Find Your Self in Svaroopa

Discover your innermost essence.  Outer answers are never completely fulfilling.  Only when you have experienced your own Self do you really know who you are.  Called svaroopa in the yogic texts, this is the foundation of your own beingness.  We will teach you how to meditate on your own Self.

Svaroopa® Vidya Meditation: Simple, Easy, Profound

Deep and profound meditation, opened up through a simple and easy process, this is our specialty.  You experience the difference in your first meditation.  It works because we use the same methodology as the tantric sages of our tradition.  Meditation doesn’t have to be complicated.

Svaroopa® Vidya Meditation: Ancient Wisdom for our Modern Times

In the midst of the ever-changing world, your essence remains the same.  Follow the breadcrumb trail laid out by the tantric sages.  These ancient teachings guide you inside to your own inherent Divinity while explaining the process and goal.  Discover who you are at the deepest level within through meditation on your own Self. 

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Guru’s Grace and Disciples Grace

By Barbara (Girijananda) Hess, Board Member

As a Board member, I support GeoCenters, help plan and support Local Mandali activities and support both in-person and Zoomed Mandali Travel programs. Other sevites work with me in these amazing sevas.  I feel we are the extended hands of Gurudevi and the other swamis.  We reach out to our larger community.

We are also the hands and arms of Svaroopa® yoga teachers reaching to the Ashram.  The reciprocal flow of shakti is palpable.  I have the good fortune to see the dedicated service that Gurudevi, the Swamis and the Ashram staff and sevites provide.  In turn I see the dedicated service each Svaroopa® yoga teacher provides.  Each serves their students, community and the Ashram, powerfully modeling disciples’ grace in response to Guru’s Grace.

As the pandemic took hold, it seemed as if “What the world needs now is more yoga!”  Our Ashram answered the call.  The Ashram website has always provided extensive free teachings.  But last year, Gurudevi added twice daily mantra repetition in the free Japa Club.  Our social media presence expanded, with more content for new yogis on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.  This outreach is a greater presence in the world, which also supports the promotion of Svaroopa® yoga in your community.  Our five swamis also offer free Zoom programs for local teachers to host for their community.  

This has been a year of challenges.  But your yoga and your Ashram have supported you through them. I can see clearly how this has supported me in these challenging times.  What I can do to make a difference is to support the yoga organization that supports me. I have offered dakshina (financial gifts) to the Ashram over the past years. I increased these gifts this past year.  I ask you to do the same.  Now is the time to gift the organization that gives so much to each of us and the world.  The Ashram is a nonprofit organization.  As such it cannot expand and grow without consistent financial support.

You play an important role.  Yoga opens a two-way door, the light shining in and the light emanating out.  You allow access inward, to the deeper dimensions of your being.   You allow access outward, shining the light of Consciousness out into the world. 

One way I truly see this two-way door is in the Teaching Online Therapeutics (TOT).  This  online teacher training is revolutionary.  Many teachers report wonderful personal benefits as well as healing benefits for their students.  I had a significant physical challenge the end of 2020.  Through the care of a Svaroopa® yoga teacher and her offering me TOT poses, I was well supported in healing.  I gave and will continue to give extra financial support to the Ashram in her honor.  It is a way to celebrate her as well as to give to the organization that gives so much.

Gurudevi says, “In supporting any organization and serving others, you put your body, mind and heart all to work at the same time.  With these three capacities all focused in one direction, you can make a difference in the world.   And uplift yourself at the same time.”

I ask you too to reflect upon the gifts flowing your way through the Ashram.  Financially supporting the Ashram allows these gifts to continue flowing to you and the world. “What the world needs now is more yoga!”

Direct a gift to the Ashram through our website donation page:

Light the Way, supporting outreach and technology

Maintain the Miracle Factory, supporting Teacher Training

Give Blessings to the World, supporting our free programs

You can donate on Facebook.  You can call us at (610) 644-7555.  Or you can send your check to Svaroopa Vidya Ashram, 116 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown, PA 19335.  Thank you.

A Year of Yoga Blessings

By TC (Tattvananda) Richards

Yoga has been a blessing in my life.  I have been shifted by Gurudevi Nirmalananda and her Svaroopa ® yoga.  The moment I met a Svaroopa yogi, I immediately shifted.  Because I felt the Grace right away, I dove in.  I didn’t know that it was Grace I was feeling.  I just knew I was drawn to wanting more.  And this yoga has delivered.  It has given me immeasurable gifts.

Most amazing, these gifts are not just for me.  They are for everyone.  Svaroopa® yoga evokes your inner light.  Then that light radiates out to the world.  This is yoga’s promise.  While all yoga is good yoga, there is something more to Svaroopa® yoga and meditation.   It comes from a lineage of Meditation Masters, based in a Shaktipat tradition.  They open you to yoga’s promise of enlightenment in this lifetime.

Please join me in donating to Svaroopa ® Vidya Ashram’s spring fundraiser to radiate this gift out to the world.  What a way to send blessings to the world that has endured so much difficulty for more than a year!

Let me tell you about how Svaroopa ® yoga blessings inspired me to give back financially.  I don’t even like exercise, yet I wanted to sign up for a yoga class right away.  Let’s do some yoga.  Sign me up now — and so it began.

I started with the private Embodyment ® Yoga Therapy sessions.  Then life happened, and I needed Vichara (guided self-inquiry) sessions.  They helped me navigate through rocky times.  I knew I was getting something great.  I wanted even more.  How could I learn more about this wonderful practice?  I was guided to Gurudevi’s book Yoga: Inside & Outside.  I have never looked back.  I am changed in ways I wouldn’t have believed were possible.

Besides my personal experience, I see this yoga’s effects on my family.  One niece started Svaroopa® yoga classes while the other is delving into the meditation.  They have seen results right away, just as I did.  Friends have joined our Japa Club and settled into Consciousness within.  They have purchased Gurudevi’s CDs including Meditation: Deep & Easy and her Experience Shavasana & Ujjayi Pranayama recording.  These meditative tools have shifted these young women profoundly to divine inner experience.  So they shine with the light of God.  And they radiate that light into the world.

I see the effects of the Svaroopa® practices in a multitude of ways.  The Ashram is using cutting edge technology to spread Gurudevi’s teachings and the Light of the Guru through the world.  What a way to make the difference you’ve always wanted to see!

Our donations facilitate this revolution for good.  To quote one of Gurudevi’s satsang discourses, “What the world needs now is yoga sweet yoga.”  Do we ever!  Our financial support makes this happen.  Our donations shift the world to the light of God/Guru.

Direct a gift to the Ashram through our website donation page:

Light the Way, supporting outreach and technology

Maintain the Miracle Factory, supporting teacher training

Give Blessings to the World, supporting our free programs

Or you can donate on Facebook.  You can also call us at (610) 644-7555, or send us a check at 116 E. Lancaster Avenue, Downingtown, PA 19335.

If you want to give the world the gift of Divine Grace, donate to the Ashram.  Light the world with Guru’s Grace.  Donate today.  Donate in gratitude.  Donate in love.  I’ll go first.  Please join me.