Newsletter January 2015
Experiences from some of the participants on the latest India Retreats
My impressions of Rikhiapeeth Medical Camp.
I participated in the medical camp as part of my seva while visitng Rikhiapeeth for the Chakra Sadhana course. The programme included medical evaluations by pediatricians and gynaecologists for several thousand local villagers over a 4 day period.
Because of my medical profession as an otolaryngologist (ear, nose and throat specialist), I was asked to see a number of women who had medical problems involving their ears. There was also a woman who had a very large tumor growing from her palate that was obstructing her airway, and impairing her ability to swallow causing progressive weight loss.
The clinic appeared to be well organised, with many people helping to quickly facilitate the large number of patients.
For the local village people, this access to medical care is an important factor to improve their health, and to help them to be more interested in obtaining medical care for their families in the future.
Sheldon Klausner, MD>
My impressions of the medical camp was that it was very organised. I was assigned to weigh and measure the children. The women with their children were waiting in two lines with their paper work to record their health findings. Their eyes were full of gratitude. Many of the children appeared healthy and robust. A few of the infants looked sick, especially one very young baby that seemed to have no muscle tone and looked very weak.
I enjoyed weighing and measuring the children. They were shy, yet trusting. Sometimes I had to demonstrate how to step on a scale. If an infant was very young the mother was weighed with the baby and after without the baby to get the infants weight.
I was impressed by the flow of all the procedures around. I loved watching the mothers warm interactions with their children.
Chakra Sadhana October 2014
For the 3rd time in three years I am in Rikhiapeeth with a group from Anahata in New Zealand, including some first timers and old hands, all keen for Swami Karma Karuna’s Chakra Sadhana and Prana Vidya course. I ask myself, why am I here again when I could be anywhere, including enjoying the comforts of home.
As soon as you arrive at Rikhiapeeth you know why you have come. A deep feeling of love and compassion permeates the air with selfless service visibly active everywhere creating the perfect environment for opening the eyes and heart to inner knowledge.
Swami Karma Karuna’s excellent teachings in this environment are an unsurpassed combination! Gentle guidance into the subtle aspects of ourselves, via a structured and practical course was delivered always with the grace of guru present.
The eloquence, knowledge and humour of the participants from India was truely delightful expanding the Satyananda Sangha for many of us.
But of course there is no point in experiencing all of this unless what is learnt is applied to everyday life. As well as the course including hatha and meditation practices the key teaching was to develop the witness within, and seva to enhance our selflessness – serve, love, give the path for transformation . The power of this at Rikhiapeeth is so evident and serves as a mirror to give us a glimpse into what is possible and the potential in all of us.
I leave Rikhiapeeth with a sense my inner jewels have been polished a little more and a deep inner peace which is the greatest gift of all.
With much gratitude to the Swami Satyasatsangananda and Swami Karma Karuna for providing these gifts to awaken and illuminate my way ahead.
My experience of India, Ashram Life and the Chakra Sadana Course October 2014
This has been my first trip to India, so some trepidation in the first few days. Lots of support from the Anahata team and “old hands” helped a lot. Many thanks to those people.
After an exciting but fortunately uneventful train trip we arrive at the Ashram. A very beautiful place with wonderful energy and an immediate feeling of peace and spirituality.
The Chakra course has been both challenging and awakening all at the same time. I have felt most emotions over the 10 days but it was taught so professionally and clearly that I feel I now have a clear idea of what I want to practice once I return to NZ.
The Karma yoga and seva have been great lessons and very good examples of how to live in the future.
At my stage in life I am more and more wanting to be quiet and peaceful. The teachings have helped me become clear about my practice as I go into another chapter in live with great excitement but hopefully not too much attachment!
The whole experience has been amazing, including all the satsangs, kirtans etc which have been so enjoyable. Receiving Diksha from Swami Niranjanananda was a highlight and a wonderful and uplifting experience.
I am so grateful to Swami Karma Karuna and her very able team for running the trip so expertly and serenely.
Rikhiapeeth is a great example to the whole world and I feel very privileged to have been able to be a part of this wonderful expression of, “Serve, Give, Love”.
I will be back I am sure.
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