Sadhana Mandir Ashram
Founded in 1966 on the banks of the Ganges in Rishikesh, India, Sadhana Mandir Trust was established by Swami Rama as an international retreat center for sincere aspirants to practice meditation in a spiritually elevating environment. Away from the hustle and bustle of Rishikesh, nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, Sadhana Mandir is located on the banks of the holy river Ganges. Surrounded by beautiful flowering gardens, mango trees and a lotus pond, a quiet and serene atmosphere permeates the ashram making it ideal for sadhana.
The Himalayan Tradition
Swami Rama’s tradition is an unbroken chain of Himalayan sages that is more than 5,000 years old. The tradition was formally established by Shankaracharya 1,200 years ago. The scriptures of his tradition are the Vedas, the oldest spiritual scriptures in the library of humanity. The teachings have been passed on primarily orally, each sage transmitting knowledge directly to prepared students. According to his tradition, yoga encompasses all the philosophies and practices that have ever been followed by the great sages, not only of the Himalayas, but also of Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism, Zen, and Sufism as well.
Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times
“You have the capacity and strength to expand your conscious mind with the help of a method that is called ‘interior research,’ the internal journey. . . . This instruction is leading you on the path called ‘the path of the keyless door.’ . . . To open the door and start your inner journey you need to learn several points and to apply them systematically.”
Sadhana Mandir Ashram offers a variety of retreats for both beginners and experienced practitioners. There are weekend retreats exploring the art of living and being, focusing on meditation and well-being. Guided meditation and silence retreats are also available. Longer 10-day retreats are offered on Basic Practices of the Himalayan Tradition, Science of Joyful Living, and Self-Transformation. These individualized residential retreats lead the participants to explore the nature of their beings on the physical, pranic, mental and spiritual levels. The participants engage in daily gentle yoga classes, breathing and relaxation practicums, guided meditation practice, and individualized instruction in yoga science.
“Meditation will give you a tranquil mind. Meditation will make you aware of the Reality deep within. Meditation will make you fearless; meditation will make you calm; meditation will make you gentle; meditation will make you loving; meditation will give you freedom from fear —those are the results of meditation.”
Retreats & News
Lectures on Yoga Sutras: Mind by Swami Rama Recorded live from lectures Swami Rama gave to the graduate students at the Himalayan Institute in Glenview, Illinois, in the late 1970s. In this lecture Swami Rama explains that by having control over the modifications of...read more
Shri Gurave Namah Shri Gurupurnim Shri Gurugita Path (24 hours chanting) and Fire offerings (Fire offerings 2 hours morning and 2 hours evening daily) Date - June 30, 2017 First Day Program Guru vandana, at 7:00 am Panchang puja, at 7:15 am Shri Guru puja, at 8:15...read more
Dates: July 27-31 & August 1-5, 2017 This 5-day Yoga Retreat offered in the gentle, rainy, breezy monsoon season of Rishikesh, is a perfect time to enjoy a peaceful retreat with daily yoga classes and delicious, fresh vegetarian food in a spiritual and uplifting...read more
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