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Shri Yoga Vedanta Ashram, California Chapter - May-2005 NewsLetter

Posted on:9/28/2005
Written By: Shri Yoga Vedanta Ashram, California Chapter
Right now you have no responsibilities. There are no worries. You are getting complete rest. Let the mind become pure in this state of divine peace. This technique is capable of removing all kinds of shortcomings & evils. It results in the development of pure & good thoughts & keeping good health.

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An Easy Technique to Get Peace of Mind
There is a very simple technique for the mind to get complete rest...

Spread a blanket (aasan) in a clean & solitary place & lie down on it. Stretch your body to the maximum that you can do. Let all the parts of the body, right from the toe to the head, get exercised. Stretch in a way that every single part of the body gets fulfilling exercise. The way cats & dogs extend themselves to full length while stretching, in the same way for about 2 & 1/2 minutes you stretch your body completely by spreading your hands & legs. The nerves, arteries & veins which were not functioning will also become active.

After 2 to 2.5 minutes stop stretching. Let the whole body get relaxed. Keep lying very peacefully. Take the tip of the tongue out of the mouth & press it slightly with the teeth. Close your lips. Press the index finger against the thumb for each hand. In this position you are doing the Shava aasan in the Jnayan Mudra & Vishranti Mudra. After sometime if you feel uncomfortable in keeping the position of fingers & the tongue as described above, then you can release them. Spread your hands & knees in a naturally comfortable position. Give complete rest to your body & mind.

Do not entangle your mind in the chains of any kind of thoughts. Let the mind become worry-less. If still any thought comes to your mind, become an observant & keep coming back to thought-less state. Keep observing the process of breathing. Keep feeling that you are getting complete rest in the God who is always present inside you (Antaryaami Ram).

Right now you have no responsibilities. There are no worries. You are getting complete rest. Let the mind become pure in this state of divine peace.

This technique is capable of removing all kinds of shortcomings & evils. It results in the development of pure & good thoughts & keeping good health.




What is Bhajan?

Pujya Bapuji says: Works done with the mind engrossed in the Lord, or those actions that cause divine modification of the mind, are called Bhajan.

Shabari, a Bhil (tribal) woman, simply swept the ground but she did it with the spirit of participating in the divine work of God and the Sadguru. The woman sweeping the public road is merely doing her occupational job. The mother sweeps the floor of the house, or even other members of the family do work in the house, these activities constitute service. But when even a menial job like sweeping the floor is done for the sake of God, it constitutes Bhajan. Thus sweeping of the floor at the Guru’s ashram by Shabari is Bhajan. ‘That which infuses divine delecation is Bhajan.’

The action that exudes devotional memory and love, together with Divine delectation, is Bhajan.





What is meant by Sumiran? Should it be done with eyes closed or open?

Pujya Bapuji says: Sumiran is done with neither closed nor open eyes. Sumiran is done by remembering. Remembrance with the Knowledge of Truth is called Sumiran.

You see an electric lamp, an amplifier, a refrigerator, an electric iron, a motor pump – all these instruments are different, but they all function on the supply of the same electric power. There may be different makes of fans, but the power running them is one and same. A heater heats the water, a refrigerator cools it; but both are operated by the same electricity. Similarly, some people spread the soothing coolness of virtue, while the sinners exude the heat of atrocity; but the Truth remains that both have the source of their strength in the very same Lord, the beloved friend of all beings. To constantly keep this fact in one’s mind is called Sumiran.




Lust, greed, attachment, pride and anger are the inner enemies that rob you of the treasure of Self-bliss. Among all, anger is the most dangerous and detrimental to sadhana. If the fire of anger overtakes our mind, our entire treasures of JAPAS, TAPAS and virtues are destroyed. Therefore, beware of anger. It is all right to act out anger, but be alert not to allow it to possess you.

Techniques: Do not eat hurriedly. Take at least 25 minutes to eat and chew your food properly. If you find it difficult to ward off anger, press your tips of the fingers into your palms making a fist. Eat SATTVIC food. Stay away from garlic, red chillies and fried foods.




For High Blood Pressure

Soak one raisin (kishmish) overnight in pure rose water. Eat it empty stomach the next day. Soak 2 raisins on the second day, 3 raisins on the third day & keep on increasing the number for 21 days. That means one should soak 21 raisins on the 21st day. If you do  not get pure rose water, then prepare it at home by boiling 1 kg of rose petals (desi gulab) in 1 liter of water & then filtering it using a fine cloth. To make sure that high blood pressure is cured permanently, one should repeat this course again after a month.

For Low Blood Pressure

One should say the mantra "Hari Aum..." several times at a fast speed. One should read satsang books that helps one get rid of depression. Whenever one feels low, then one should fight back the negative thoughts with the powerful positive energy of "Hari Aum...".







  • Knowledge of Brahman is very subtle. Therefore guidance of an enlightened Guru is necessary to dispel all the doubts arising in the sadhak’s mind.
  • It is impossible to attain intuitional Self-knowledge even for very intelligent sadhak without the grace of a mighty Guru.
  • One may read all the books of philosophy, one may travel all over the world giving lectures to the people, one may practise penances for several thousand years in Himalayan caves, but one cannot attain self-Knowledge without having grace of Guru.
  • Unshakeable faith in teachings of the Guru is the basis of Guru-Bhakti Yoga.
  • If you want to learn cooking, science or fine arts you need a master of cooking, a professor or an artist as a teacher. How can you attain self-knowledge without having an enlightened Guru?


Herbal Medicines from Ashram

“Gou Jharan Vati”

This is one of the most beneficial medicines since it helps to balance the three doshas: Vat, Pitta, Kapha. It cures cold-cough, intestinal, liver, spleen, & kidney disorders, prostrate & urinary infections, diabetes, rheumatism, body pain & all sorts of female diseases.

“Sant Chyavanprash”

This medicine/tonic increases appetite & strength of the body. All are benefited from this medicine/tonic: children, old people, weak people, people weakened by copulation, people with heart problem & so on. It also cures cough, chest congestion, vatta & pitta problems, urine problems etc. It improves memory, increases happiness, strengthens mind & also helps in delaying old age. It strengthens lungs & heart, cures chronic cough and cleans the stomach. It is also helpful in acidity, semen-problems & prevents nightfall. It cures T.B. (Tuberculosis) & increases appetite. In short it regulates the whole body system.




  • We waste a lot of energy by indulging in our senses by being extrovert, indecisive, over imaginative, sensual, etc. Energy and vitality are highly essential to be successful in every walk of life. This vital force develops by imposing self-control over speech, wavering mind and the senses. This is not difficult for a keen and enthusiastic spiritual aspirant. Subdue the wavering mind by the repeated japa of Pranava mantra and practice the total celibacy by acquiring techniques.
  • Obstacles, hindrances, sorrows, struggles, oppositions – all these are meant to awaken your inner strength. A tree which has weathered more storms has stronger roots. Similarly, when sorrows, humiliations and oppositions come, take refuge in God and strengthen yourself by His knowledge. Don’t be frightened. Face life bravely as it comes to you. Adverse circumstances come only to strengthen you.






Benefits of Meditation

Physical benefits:

Lower pulse rate Lower blood pressure Sense of relaxation-known as the relaxation response or stress relief       Slower breath rate

Mental Benefits:
Person gets more control over his life by gaining control over his mind and senses.
Person becomes more aware of his true identity as a spiritual being and not as his identification such as his body, job, race, religion etc.
A person gets more in tune with his true identity and with the soul, universal energy, supreme truth, Lord or whatever term you would like to use.
Inner peacefulness-stress relief.
Regular practice of the mantra meditation systematically unfolds one's full potential: enlivening the inner intelligence of the body, and developing higher states of consciousness.
This experience of the self-referral state enlivens orderliness, dynamism, and creativity within the meditator resulting in greater effectiveness and success in daily life.



Video Satsang at Sunnyvale temple – May 08 – 3.00pm to 5.00pm

Video Satsang at abc ‘s house at San Jose – May 14 – 3.00pm to 5.00pm

Video Satsang at Fremont temple – May 21 – 3.00pm to 5.00pm

Video Satsang at pqr’s house at San Jose – may 28 – 3.00pm to 5.00pm




Baal Sanskaar (Children’s Moral Education Program) for kids between ages 5-16 years will be organized at Sunnyvale temple and Fremont temples simultaneously. This will expose them to the Great Indian Heritage & develop moral character. Focus is on teaching Pranayam, Meditation & Yogic Exercises for improving intellect & concentration.


Local TV Channel/Online Satsang Currently Being Webcast

·         Watch Pujya Bapuji’s Amritvani on Comcast, Channel 29 (in Fremont, Newark, and Union City) at 4.30PM (PST) every Friday.

·         Watch Uttrain Shibir, Holi Shibir and Bhopal Satsang webcast of Pujya Bapuji at



Hindu calendar: Upcoming Festivals of May 2004


1  4th May 2005- Varuthini Ekadashi.

2 21st May 2005- Mohini Ekadashi.

3 23rd May 2005- Buddha Purnima.


Please Contact for more information

Avinash Arora: 408-382-9251, Bhulabhai Desai: 650-654-9676, Dilipsinh Zala: 209-830-9830, Sanjay Bhatnagar: 831-212-4680, Vishal Sharma: 916-355-8979, Vibhash Trivedi: 408-667-8884




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