Let Grace In

By Rosemary (Rudrani) Nogue

I am grateful for Guru’s Grace.  This is why I give dakshina (financial support).  It is a powerful practice that increases my capacity to receive Guru’s Grace.  I always donate to our Ashram’s semiannual fundraisers.  They are opportunities to reciprocate and express devotion.  

Donating is a valuable, concrete way to express gratitude for all I receive.  My life would be so different without my Guru — Swami Nirmalananda — and the Grace that flows through her.

Years ago, I became aware of a tangible inner upliftment when teaching Svaroopa® yoga.  I didn’t have a name for it then.  Before teaching, I would internally ask her, whom we lovingly call Gurudevi, for support.  What I now recognize as Grace arose inside and still does.  It allows me to teach from a place of deeper awareness.  At the beginning of group meditations, I offer arati and a chant to our lineage.  I settle deeper inside.  

Of course, Guru’s Grace is always available to me, not just when I’m teaching.  Grace supports me touching into Self in day-to-day life.  Yet I must do my part to be receptive to this Grace that is always flowing.  I choose to increase my capacity, so I have space to let Grace in.  

I offer devotional arati to Gurudevi and our lineage morning and evening.  I immerse myself in beautiful Ashram practices and programs.  Daily, I partake of mantra repetition, meditation, and chanting.  I zoom into Swami Sunday with Gurudevi and our swamis.  I regularly enroll in Gurudevi’s Shaktipat Retreats.  I use her many Freebies offered online.  The more I open to Grace in my life, the more I am empowered.  My capacity to receive more Grace expands.

When I am in the flow of Guru’s Grace, life is easier even when challenges occur.  I am clearer because my mind is quieter.  I am present.  When I am in the flow of Guru’s Grace, I am more my true Self.  Grace is an integral part of my life.  Gurudevi serves as a riverbed for Grace to flow through.  The flow finds me when I am receptive to letting it in.

Grace is always flowing.  When you are receptive, you let it in.  Offering a financial gift nourishes your capacity to receive Guru’s Grace.  Your donation also nourishes the Svaroopa® organization, which provides Gurudevi’s teachings and free offerings to you.  Guru’s Grace opens your heart and mind so you can experience your Self.  

Please donate with an open heart and mind, so your heart and mind open even more.  The act of donating, in any amount, gives you an inner upliftment that builds on itself.  I offer my deep gratitude to you for considering this invitation!

Donate today on our website.  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!

The River of Grace 

By TC (Tattvananda) Richards

SVA Board Member

I invite you to join me in donating to our Ashram.  Together, we support the river of Grace flowing from the Ashram out into the world.  Grace is available everywhere.  Yet Guru’s Grace is unique.  Supercharged by the Masters of our lineage, Guru’s Grace bestows light, bliss and Self-Realization.  Guru’s Grace is a Divine Force.  A donation to our Ashram supports Guru’s Grace.

When my mind thinks I can’t do something, Guru’s Grace moves me through that resistance.  Guru’s Grace shows me I am more than my mind thinks I am.  When I practice disciple’s Grace, while fully open to Guru’s Grace, everything is so easy.  All things are possible.  No matter where I am or what state I am in, Guru’s Grace delivers more than I can imagine.  I am so grateful for the Grace of my beloved Satguru Swami Nirmalananda. 

Lovingly called Gurudevi, she is a Shaktipat Guru.  While she bestows her Grace upon us formally in Shaktipat, she oozes this Grace every second of the day.  Guru’s Grace flows from her like a powerful waterfall.  When I sit at her feet, I feel the power of Guru’s Grace.  Hearing her voice on the Meditation Club call or a Japa Club call, I am washed by her Grace.  The river of Grace that flows from this powerhouse of a source reaches far and wide.  There is no place it cannot reach.  All we need to do is be open to accept it.

Our Svaroopa® lineage is filled with this Grace, which flows through the teachings and all the teachers whom Gurudevi has trained.  It even flows online.  While Grace flows through the Guru, it is even greater than the Guru.  It’s everywhere and it finds you when you need it.

Therefore, I invite you to join me in supporting these teachings by supporting the Svaroopa® Vidya Ashram.  It is an opportunity to feel that river of Grace more fully.  Feel the Grace!  Let it flow right through you.  Donate today.  Then, sit with Grace and feel it flow.

Donate today on our website.  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!

Gentle Yoga Classes 

Your body needs help or you know someone who needs yoga; that’s why you’re here.  When you’ve got aches and pains, perhaps even impaired movement due to injury or illness, you need a yoga that meets you where you’re at.  Svaroopa® Yoga is your answer.   

This is a slower-paced yoga, using chairs and other props to customize every pose to your needs.  You can even sign up for private sessions or semi-private therapeutics classes.  All this is available Online or On-Site.  You can come to us in Downingtown PA or we can Zoom into your home through your phone or other device. 

While we meet you where you’re at, you don’t stay there.  Your condition improves quickly.  You feel better after your first class.  Within a few sessions, you have less pain.  You have more stamina and are stronger.  Best of all, you are happier and have more to share.  Everyone who knows you celebrates your improvement and enjoys your new condition. 

Our methodology is spine-centric.  Every pose decompresses specific spinal vertebrae.  With precise alignments and compassionate propping, we lead you through a full spinal series in every class.  Your spine lengthens, your breath opens up and your smile gets wider.  It’s mechanical.  It’s reliable.  It’s predictable.  And it’s fun. 

If you’ve been slowed down by illness, injury or age, we recommend you start with a private yoga therapy session.  We begin with an assessment and intake, then move you through an easy introductory yoga practice.  At the end of the hour, another assessment follows, to see if you’re getting any improvement.  We’re happy to report that 99.5% of our clients get improvement in their first hour! 

We will also give you a treatment plan.  It may include 3-8 weeks of yoga sessions, usually 2-3 times weekly.  By then, you’re usually ready for our regular yoga classes, which will continue to expand your knowledge as well as improve your condition. 

If you don’t have a specific diagnosis or limitation, you may be able to begin in regular classes.  We offer 10 or more per week, On-Site as well as Online.   

If you don’t know what your best pathway is, simply sign up for one private session to get your assessment and treatment plan.  We delight in helping you find your way to health and vitality through yoga! 

Guru’s Grace

by Kristine (Dhairyavati) Freeman

Just thinking about Guru’s Grace gives me the inner experience of fullness and joy.  I access the flow of Grace by doing the practices Gurudevi has so generously offered.  An asana practice prepares my body for Meditation Club each morning.  Mid-day and early evening, I dial in to join her free Japa Club.  In between, I find time for Ujjayi Pranayama breaks, and I zoom into Swami Sunday weekly.  Recently, I traveled to her Lokananda retreat center for a Shaktipat Retreat. 

Each of these outer experiences increases my access to the river of Guru’s Grace within.  And they increase my capacity to perceive Guru’s Grace embracing me as I move through my day.  My immense gratitude for these practices, programs and inner support is why I support the Ashram with financial donations.  Will you join me in participating in the Ashram’s Fall Fundraising Campaign? 

Guru’s Grace – guruk.rpa in Sanskrit – is a Divine Force.  While there is Grace everywhere and in everyone, Guru’s Grace is different.  It is super charged.  It bestows light, bliss and Self- realization.  When a Self-Realized Guru, such as Gurudevi Nirmalananda, transmits this Grace through Maha Shaktipat diksha, an inner capacity opens in you.   

Pay attention because guruk.rpa not only has to be given, but it also must be received. Gurudevi says, “The Guru always gives the full flow of Grace. The differences come from the capacity of the receiver.”  Are you ready to receive? 

Dakshina is one of yoga’s most important practices — selfless financial giving.  Like devotion, your offer of dakshina arises from within.  It’s a sweet surrender that comes from your heart and flows through you.  You can help keep the river of Grace flowing to you. You can help others be led to the river as well. 

It’s not about how much you give.  It is the act of giving itself that puts you in the river of Grace.  Any financial contribution of any amount helps support the source of the teachings.   

When you support yoga and meditation teacher training, you keep the river flowing.  When you support Gurudevi’s free teachings — online and in person — you keep the river flowing.  When you support the administrative and physical structure of the Ashram, you keep the river flowing. Jump in by making your donation today. 

Donate today on our website.  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! 

Mantra Meditation

By Satguru Swami Nirmalananda 

Meet your mind where it’s at.  Having a crazy-busy mind is normal these days, unfortunately.  You aspire to a better state, a deeper inner center, a quality of being that fills your life with light.  Mantra meditation lassoes your mind and brings it back home, to your core essence, called “your own Self.” 

You need the right mantra, of course.  And you need to get it from someone who knows it fully, inside and out.  An authorized teacher within an authentic tradition can open the inner doorway for you in amazing ways.  That’s what happened for me, an inner awakening that transformed my life from the inside-out.   

I got the mantra from a local meditation teacher.  She had been authorized by her teacher in India.  It gave me deep meditation immediately. 

It was only later that I understood the greatness of the gift I had been given – the enlivened mantra, full of blessings and grace. 

It infused me with a sense of wholeness and purpose that I had never known before.  And all I had to do was meditate daily, which renewed and deepened it. 

Now, almost 50 years later, I offer the same to those who aspire higher.  In free online programs as well as course and retreats, you can get this mantra and instruction in how to use it.  Let those who have done their spiritual work give you a head start on yours! 

Buoyed on the River of Grace

By Carolyn (Karuna) Beaver, Yogaratna

SVA Board Member

I get so much from my yoga practices.  My body is less tense.  My mind is more open and receptive.  I am grateful to the source of the practices that give me so much.  That is why every spring and fall, I set aside funds to participate in the Ashram’s fundraisers.  I help raise funds for the Ashram because the Ashram raises me up.  I hope you will join me!

I am buoyed on a River of Grace — Guru’s Grace (guruk.rpa).  Gurudevi Nirmalananda says her ability to serve us is like a tributary of a great river.  “I am the riverbed,” she says.  “That flow of grace comes from my Guru, and I am a wide-open channel for that flow.” Importantly, she adds, “So are you.”

I felt this strongly when I attended a meditation weekend with Gurudevi just after she had taken her swami vows.  Down the center aisle, she had a clear sight-line to a picture of her Guru, Baba Muktananda.  That aisle was just like a riverbed.  I felt the current pull me strongly toward her.  But it wasn’t “her.”  It was the power of the lineage of yogic masters who came before her.  She says, “Whatever you see in me that is inspiring and beneficial is coming from the one to whom I have dedicated my life.”

The power and Grace of the Svaroopa® tradition flows through all of Gurudevi’s teachings.  It flows through all the teachers Gurudevi has trained.  It flows online.  It’s everywhere and finds you when you need it.  I know this is true for me, and I suspect it is for you as well.  This Grace is freely given, but it must also be received.  Are you ready to receive?  Because ultimately, this is not about the Guru.  It is about YOU.  

How are you moved and changed by your yoga practices?  Does it carry into your life and into the world?  One important practice is dakshina, selfless financial giving.  Like the river of Grace, it flows through you.  It comes from the heart.  

You can help keep the river of Grace flowing to you.  You can help others be led to the river as well.  It’s not really about how much you give.  It is the act of giving itself that puts you in the river of Grace.  Any contribution of any amount helps support the source of the teachings.  Of course, it ultimately supports YOU.  

Please join me in giving today — online, by email or phone.  This is a cause-and-effect universe.  Open the channels wide and see what happens!

Donate today on our website.   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!

Living from a Deeper Place 

By Nansi Jo (Anasuya) Colley, interviewed by Lori (Priya) Kenney

Meditation Teacher Training (MTT) took me to the heart of Kashmir Shaivism’s tried and true teachings.  Knowing that our lineage has carried these teachings through thousands of years means a lot to me.  Through time, the technology and methodology have been perfected, with the Masters adding their blessings.  And Gurudevi makes these esoteric teachings so easy to understand. 

Each time I take a MTT course, I return home living my life from a deeper place.  I experience more glimpses of the ultimate state, the deepest level of my existence.  I meditate more.  I make different choices.  For instance, knowing I can’t use my mind to disentangle my mind, I choose to repeat mantra.  I choose mantra while driving, while doing dishes.  I don’t get caught up so easily in the rollercoaster of ups and downs.  I’m more even keeled.  

For much of my life, I’ve served as a scientist and professor.  Thus, I greatly appreciate the scientific approach to yoga and meditation in which Svaroopa® yoga excels.  What drew me to Svaroopa® yoga is the science of maximizing my human capacity, knowing my Self.  The clarity and integrity of the teachings has propelled me through 30 years of yoga practices and teaching.  I took Gurudevi’s first MTT in 2003.  I have been blessed to be able to attend trainings regularly since.

Being able to serve my students as a meditation teacher is deeply meaningful to me.  Each time I take a MTT course, I return to my students with even more clarity and inspiration.  I understand the teachings at a deeper level and can convey that in my discourses.  The students go deep and have profound experiences in a short period of time.  They consistently report that the mantra supports them in their daily lives.  

This course gives me an opportunity to spend an intensive period of time with Gurudevi.  It’s a deep immersion in Grace.  On top of that, while deep in Consciousness, I am intellectually involved.  It’s an incredible tantric opportunity.  My mind has to be alert and engaged.  In the course, first I listen to Gurudevi’s discourse on the sutras.  Then I write my own discourse and give it to my classmates.  They give me feedback, with compliments and coaching.  Listening to their discourses, I offer the same.  

I’ve developed a capacity to write, present talks and listen to others while in a deep state.  It truly feels like skill in action.  Not only do I have Gurudevi’s support for teaching meditation, I have the support of my classmates.  I am deeply grateful to the teachers who have gone through MTT with me.  Their coaching and compliments give me confidence.  I feel deeply supported in a tangible and powerful way when I’m teaching.  It’s the flow of Grace.  

I have immense gratitude that Gurudevi makes these powerful teachings accessible.  She has developed a tremendous curriculum that teaches us how to teach others to meditate.  Gurudevi offers a deep well to drink from.

Tapping into Grace

By Ellen (Lajja) Mitchell

Board President, Svaroopa® Vidya Ashram 

I am honored to announce our Ashram’s 2022 fall fundraiser.  Our theme is Guru’s Grace (guruk.rpa).  We are focusing on the Grace that Gurudevi brings us, having received from her Guru, who got it from his Guru.   

This Grace has led you to the Svaroopa® yoga practices.  Like a constantly flowing river, Grace flows through Gurudevi’s teachings and all the teachers whom she has trained.  Guru’s Grace is everywhere.  It will find you when you need it.  

Gurudevi teaches us many ways to access Grace.  The list includes Shaktipat, meditation,  repeating mantra, chanting, and practicing and teaching Svaroopa® yoga.  Guru’s Grace is always there for us, always with us.  We can reach out (in) anytime, anywhere.  We can float on it, settle into it, or dive deep.  It is there always.  

When you support our Ashram with a financial gift, it’s not about how much you give.  It is the act of giving itself that puts you in the river of Grace.  A contribution of any amount supports the source of the teachings. 

One of the ways that I tap into Grace is by saying mantra.  Just one and you have tapped into Grace.  Say more and you can immerse yourself in the river.  If you have not yet tried our free Japa Club, currently offered twice daily, try it.  Say the mantra out loud with Gurudevi and others, you’ll experience the power of Grace. 

For me, mantra is a reset button.  It grounds me.  It settles me and allows me to tap into the river of Grace that runs inside me. No matter what is going on in life, Grace is still there, waiting within, to welcome me home to my own Divine Essence. 

To be devoted to Grace means being devoted to your own spiritual path and your own Self-Realization. It keeps you steadfast in yoga, meditation and life. Gurudevi advises us to look for the Guru in the depths of our own hearts.  Guru’s Grace is not about the Guru.  It is about you.  It’s about finding your way inward.  How beautiful is that!  

Join me in immersing your Self in the Grace of dakshina, selfless financial giving, to support SVA.

Donate today.  Click below or 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!

Arise!

By Satguru Swami Nirmalananda 

Life got smaller during the pandemic, starting out with months of lock-down.  It’s starting to edge back out again, but everyone has a different agenda and a different pace.  Yoga and meditation will help,  Our 2023 Calendar is based on a theme:

Arising

Healing leads to wholeness, empowering choices and deep-hearted living.

As you move into the world again, you have the chance to choose your trajectory in a whole new way.  I want to empower you to live your life in the ways that are most fulfilling to you.  Our retreats and trainings are designed to give you wholeness, choicefulness and deep-hearted living.

The first step is to arise, as the yogic texts exhort, “Arise! Awake! Oh my Dear One, you have been sleepwalking too long.”  It’s time to come alive again!  It’s time to share your light.  Choose who you want to be and what you want to give to the world.  

For 2023, our asana programs are focused on therapeutics.  It’s about healing as a pathway to wholeness.  Svaroopa® yoga has always excelled at therapeutics, which are especially needed now.  Healing Retreats are available both online as well as in-person.  And 2023 Teacher Trainings expand teachers’ therapeutic skills, both for private sessions as well as for teaching groups.

My twice weekly satsangs continue, featuring sutra discourses and group meditation.  In addition, I will work closely with a dedicated study group who do five weekend retreats with me in the year.  Three Shaktipat Retreats are scheduled, beginning with the 2022-23 New Year’s event.

In this important time of transition, you are invited to join me for our Free Japa Club.  Twice daily, zoom in for five minutes of group mantra repetition, plus an additional minute for giving blessings to the world.  E-Quotes continue with daily emails and lots of other Freebies including 1-minute videos and sound bites.  Arise!  Awake!  Choose what you want to do and make it happen!

FREE Mystical, Magical & Meditation Mastery

Gurudevi is a meditation master, authorized within an ancient yogic lineage.  She specializes in making the mysteries understandable and accessible.  

Mystical and magical are not the same.  In her free program, you learn the difference between magic, mysticism and what meditative mastery really is.

After Gurudevi’s discourse and our meditation, thoughts and things suddenly fell into place.  She helped me to put puzzle pieces together into a beautiful picture. — Alina U.