CREATIVITY FROM OUR LITTLE ANGELS At Nachiketa Tapovan, there are so many aspiring budding artists and poets

and what not! We will showcase strengths of two students each fortnight.

Shailaja 3rd Grade
is a kind hearted, hardworking, and lovable child who expresses herself in her drawings

Yadi, 3rd grade is our bright eyed little imp. With his high spirits, indeed he keeps our hands full. He is well known for his quick retorts and expressive drawings.

NACHIKETA TAPOVAN
Plot No.70, Phase I, Kavuri Hills, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad – 500 033 Phone No. 040 – 23113887 Mobile No. – 9849168937 Regd. By Govt. of A.P. (Regd. No. 53/IV/99)

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Nachiketanjali

10th February, 2009 Tuesday

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“Devotion to the mother is the root of all welfare”. This was the spirit echoing in every inch of Nachiketa Tapovan on 26th January, the day on which Indian Constitution came into force 59 years ago. We proudly bore the badges of Indian Flag in and on our proud bosoms. The celebrations started with the Chief Guest Sri K Vinai Garu MD Embedded Infotech Pvt. Limited, hoisting our Tiranga completed by a heartfelt National Anthem from all of us. The students of Tapovan opened the cultural affair with Veda Pathanam, followed by cheerful dances, thought provoking discussions, orations and yoga vinyasa. Vinai garu and Swami Nachiketananda also awarded certificates to the 2nd batch graduates of computer literacy classes. It would be more apt to say that Sri Vinai Garu had a hearty chat with us rather than a speech. The fun and frolic came to an end after words of enlightenment from Swamiji. ..Illustrations on page 8

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There is no other teacher but your own soul.

Ask not what your country can do for you, Ask what you can do for your country!

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CONTENTS

♦ Swamiji's Message ♦ Ashram Activities ♦ Republic Day ♦ Chardham Yatra

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♦ Hatha Yoga by Mataji

♦ Special Health Camps ♦ Donations ♦ Upcoming Events
EDITORIAL BOARD

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Editor
Subhadra K.

Editorial Consultants:
Annapurna R. Sowja A.

EDITORIAL When this newsletter was launched on January11th 2009, as a part of Vidya Mandir’s Annual Day Celebrations, I was in for a surprise. Swamiji announced my name, requesting me to come and receive the first copy from Smt Padmaja Rambabu. I stepped forward after some hesitation. “Do I deserve this honour?” This was the foremost thought in my mind. Anyway, since it is the ‘Divine Will’, I am left with no option. After all the guests had left, Swamiji called me to the office and sprang yet another surprise. He entrusted me with the assignment of writing Editorials and you can well imagine my plight. Swamiji gave me no scope to voice my uncertainties. I submitted myself to the Divine plan. Many cautioned me that it would be very difficult to keep up with this task. I knew that, but still went ahead in the belief that if we take one step, Swamiji would take care of the rest and that sure has happened. We have successfully brought out our 3rd Issue of Newsletter without any teething troubles, thanks to Swamiji’s Grace and of course your good wishes. We are featuring our Republic Day Celebrations and an update on the Ashram Construction activities in the current issue.

Message by Adhyatmik Praneta

When you say, I want to reach God, who wants to reach
God? And where is that God? If the time ceases then distance ceases and there is no question of reaching God. You don’t need to say I have to reach my body or my mind. You exist everywhere in this body but not in just one part. That existence has been forgotten by every individual. When you exist everywhere you don’t need to reach somewhere. If you are able to drop that thought from your mind then this word “reach” doesn’t exist. If that word doesn’t exist then you know very well where you exist.You start searching for God elsewhere trying to find him in temples. When you look at yourself in the mirror, do you need to remind yourself of who you are? It is not at all necessary. The moment you think of God you have already created separation. In separation time exists, if time exists distance exists.

Yours in the service of Motherland Subhadra K.
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Swami Nachiketananda Blessed are those who are into Sadhana!
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Pure love has no motive. It has nothing to gain.

HATHA YOGA

Sage Patanjali
In the previous issue we described different streams of yoga. In this issue we shall discuss about one of the streams that is Hatha Yoga. These days people are more health conscious. People have a misconception that yoga is meant for only treating obesity and other ailments. Even though we are practicing Hatha yoga, the main purpose or the real essence of Hatha yoga given by our sages is being forgotten. The spiritual aspect of life needs to be emphasized. HATHA YOGA is a combination of two Bija Mantras. ‘Ha’ represents ‘Prana’ the vital force, and ‘tha’ represents ‘Mind’, the mental energy. So Hatha yoga means the union of pranic and mental forces. It is a unique and wonderful event in man’s life when he experiences the union of pranic force and mental energy, he experiences the higher planes of consciousness and the purpose of life is fulfilled. If you are a real hatha yogi you will be aware of your body and internal mechanism. You will understand the relationship of body and mind in a better way.
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Day by day science is progressing and we are very delighted to see that. But when a hatha yogi balances Ida and Pingala, develops sensitivity through hatha yoga, he can discover a new world, a new era of life full of intrinsic and external joy which is incomparable to that derived by scientific advancement. When a hatha yogi brings balance between ‘Ida’ and ‘Pingala’, he develops control over prana. This Prana Shakti and mental force exist in every object of world. These two forces are responsible for the creation and destruction. When the union occurs, then the creation unfolds. When there is separation between Prana Shakti and mental force and if they go back to their source then the creation is dissolved which leads to Pralaya. In yoga, life and consciousness are known as Prakriti and Purusha, in Tantra they are known as Shakti and Shiva, in Hatha Yoga they are called Ida and Pingala. Hatha yoga harmonizes Ida and Pingala. Due to imbalance of these forces people develop psychosomatic illnesses. This imbalance manifests as anger, greed, jealousy, lust etc. resulting in crime, murders and such vices. Always these forces are not harmonized. If Ida is active Pingala is passive and if Pingala is active Ida is passive. To bring harmony between Ida and Pingala, you need to purify your external and internal body by adopting shatkarmas or six cleaning techniques which are prescribed in Hatha yoga. Hatha Yoga Pradipika (2:21) Shatkarmas create balance between three doshas and help to prevent physical and mental diseases. In whom the doshas (phlegm, wind

and bile) are balanced, they need not practice them. When fat or mucus is excessive, the shatkarmas can be practised before Pranayama. Shatkarmas ‘Shat’ means six ‘karma’ means action, so the six cleansing processes are mentioned below. 1. Neti- It is a process of cleansing nasal passages. Jala neti and sutra neti are two kinds of Neti. 2. Dhauti- It is divided into three groups, Antar dhauti (internal cleansing), Shirsha Dhauti (head cleansing) and Hrid dhauti (thoracic cleansing) The internal cleansing techniques clean the entire alimentary canal from the mouth to the

anus. They are divided into four practices, Shankhu prakshalana – Cleansing of the intestines Agnisara - Activating digestive fire Vaman dhaut i- Cleansing the stomach with water Vastra dhauti - Cleansing the intestines with air 3. Nauli- It gives a nice massaging effect to all the abdominal organs. It activates the inner fire within. Nauli kriya strengthens all the abdominal organs. 4. Basthi– It cleanses the large intestine. 5. Kapalabhati- It purifies the frontal region of the brain. 6. Trataka- It is a technique of constant gazing. It develops the power of concentration.

Sutra Neti by Chalapathi

Danda Dhauti by Mataji

Shatkarmas are very powerful practices and these shatkarmas should not be learnt from books or taught by inexperienced people. They are to be learnt under perfect guidance of a guru. Our ancient sages used Hatha yoga as a means to prevent diseases and facilitate a smooth journey. Hence Hatha Yoga has been referred to as a “Science of Purification”.

Hatha Yoga is the science of purification!

Let us never, never, forget our Ideal

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AT THE ASHRAM...
RAMAKRISHNALAYA'S CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS IN SWING!

RECENT CONSTRUCTION STATUS

Temple Foundation

Aerial view of Dhyana Mandir

Inner view of Dhyana Mandir

SPIRITUAL INVITATION Selfless souls, those who want to serve society without expecting any thing and ready to take up challenges without fear and ready to be a part of organisation can contact our Adhyatmik Praneta, on Phone or can visit organisaton.

Final stage of Staff Quarters

Ph. 098491 68937
Workshop in progress 6 Rest rooms 7

That which is bound is nature, not the soul!

The purer the mind, the easier it is to control it.

REPUBLIC DAY CELEBRATIONS

National flag being hoisted by Sri K Vinai and Swami Nachiketananda while the young patriots pay their salute.

We are thankful to Shilparamam Co-ordinators who invited young artists to showcase their talent on Republic Day which was also covered by a few regional newspapers! We appreciate Smt Pallavi and Kum. Krishna for sharing their dancing skills with our students.

THE BLESSING The Mother’s heart, the hero’s will, The softest flowers’ sweetest feel; The charm and force that ever sway The altar-fire’s flaming play; The strength that leads, in love obeys; Far-reaching dreams, and patient ways, Eternal faith in Self, in all, The light Divine in great, in small; All these and more than I could see, Today may “Mother” grant to thee!
by Swami Vivekananda

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A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its

‘Love India .’ That is the lesson for all of us.

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Char Dham Yatra

As a group of 44 pilgrims we had the rare privilege of going to Char Dham on a quest to find the meaning of life under the auspices of Swami Nachiketananda. Swamiji motivated us to connect with our higher self and this tour turned out to be the most beautiful, insightful and thought provoking inner journey. Rishikesh, the home for hundreds of Ashrams was the starting point of our journey. The variety of floral and herbal trees, the breath taking view of Himalayas and the river Yamuna flowing down at Yamunotri held us spellbound.
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A visit to the temple of Mother Ganga, the spectacular Ganga Aarti and a meditation session on the banks of River Bhagirathi at Gangotri elevated our spirits. While Kedarnath is famous as one of the Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva, the trek up the hills is very strenuous. The high altitudes, scarcity of oxygen and freezing nights made it tougher. Once we reached there we found it an amazing place, nestled in the lap of nature. The gurgling Mandakini river, the snow clad peaks and the presence of spiritual seekers (yogis) make the place ethereal. The sanctity of Badrinath left us speechless. Standing face to face with mythology was a thrilling experience. This 18 day pilgrimage to Char Dham and other spiritual places made a powerful impact on all of us in so many levels. We recommend this tour to all spiritual aspirants.

Special Health Camps
Services of various specialists were provided at the free Special Health Camps organized by Nachiketa Tapovan on Sunday, February 1st2009. More than 200 underprivileged citizens got themselves screened for various ailments. Long lines of potential patients began forming lines as early as 8:30 AM at the Registry desk. Patients ranged from newborn to 75 years old. An enthusiastic team of doctors led by Dr.Ramesh, ENT rendered services and were kept busy from9AM to 3 PM. Volunteers escorted patients to their respective rooms. We sincerely thank Dr.Krishna Kishore, Opthalmologist and his team from Sarojini Devi Eye Hospital, Dr. Eshwara Chary Paediatrician,Dr Ramesh ENT and Dr.Sudhakar Reddy, General Physician for spending their valuable time in supporting our cause. Cost of medicines, spectacles and cataract surgeries will be funded entirely by charitable contributions.
There is no other teacher but your own soul!
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“Unalloyed love of God is the essential thing. All else is unreal.”

Various Construction Committees 1. Temple 2. Vidya Mandir 3. Dispensary cum Hospital 4. Ramakrishnalaya 5. Compound Wall 6. Dhyana Mandir 7. Vanaprastha

Various Ad-hoc Committees 1. Advisory Committee 2. Medical Committee 3.Vidya Mandir Committee 4. Yoga Research Committee 5. Ayurveda Research Committee 6. IT Committee 7. Spiritual Committee

UPCOMING EVENTS
Spiritual Discourse by SWAMI SHIVANANDAMAYI

on "Spirituality in Daily life"

Date: 10th Feb 2009
Time: 7.30 pm to 8.30 pm Organised by Rotary Club. Venue: Jubilee Hills Club. Dear Atmabandhu
We solicit your gracious presence on the occasion of Sri Madhav Varma MD, Infomile Solutions has kindly consented to be the Chief Guest. Venue:
NACHIKETA TAPOVAN

DONATIONS RECEIVED FOR ASHRAM Sri VijayKumar K. Smt. Padma Smt. Rama K. KVK Bio-Energy Pvt. Ltd. Smt. Subhadra K. Hotel Sri Brindavan. Smt. Manikyamba Sneha Enterprises Smt. Shanthi R. Orphans Education Foundation Smt. Nirmala K. Saptagiri Camphor Limited Smt. Sowmya C Intelli Group, Asia Pvt. Limited Smt. Premalatha K. Sri K.K. Mangrulkar

"SriRamakrishna Paramhamsa Jayanti "
On Wednesday 18th

Feb 2009 at 10.00 am

Kavuri Hills, Hyderabad

SPIRITUAL RETREAT
Basic Programme for Sadhakas who are above 18 years.

Date: 20th Feb 2009 to 22nd Feb 2009
Reporting: On 20th Feb at 4.00 pm Fee: Your involvement and commitment towards Sadhana Venue: Nachiketa Tapovan
Our beautiful relationship with this wonderful organization called Intelli Group started with a small group of employees stopping by Tapovan with small gifts and warmth for our little ones. These short visits started becoming longer and more frequent as they felt the worth of Tapovan’s cause. Our relationship has evolved to such an extent that now they have become one of our all time supporters in cash, kind, and love in our endeavor to increase the standards of life of underprivileged sections of our society. On the same note we wish to convey our gratitude to the personnel of Intelli group for their generous contribution of Rs. 2,60,000 made to our organization on the 30th of January 2009. We are happy that they deemed us worthy of entrusting us in their attempt to help the future citizens of our nation. 12 OM You are all welcome to attend a Satsanga at 9.00 pm followed by Pooja and Jagarana Venue: Nachiketa Tapovan

MAHA SHIVARATRI
CELEBRATIONS

On Monday 23rd Feb 2009
By truth we attain fruits of work.

It is easy to talk on religion, but difficult to practice it.

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Construction Committee Members Our sincere thanks to all the selfless souls who have happily consented to be a part of Ashram's Construction committees... 1. Vijay Kumar K. 2. Rama Devi K. 3. Subhadra K. 4. Leela N. 5. Prasad Y.V.S.S. 6. Sheshagiri Rao 7. Reddy P. S. 8. Manikyamba G. 9. Ram Sandila 10. Pawan Kumar 11. Subha D. 12. Durga K. 13. Annapurna R. 14. Sushma Sharma 15. Anand A. 16. Venkatram Reddy 17. Mallaiah 18. Krishna P. 19. Hema Reddy Y. 20. Chalapathi V. 21. Vijaysena Reddy 22. Sandhya M. 23. Vinay K. 24. Sudha Rani M. 25. Nirmal D. 26. Sowmya C. 27. Madhukar M. 28. Shanti Y. 29. Dr. Ramesh C. N. 30. Dr. Leela K. 31. Dr. Surendra A. 32. Dr. Rohini R. 33. Dr. Amulya 34. Dr.Ishwaracharya 35. Dr. Prafulla Kumar 36. Dr. Priyamvada 37. Dr. Vijay Kumar B. 38. Dr. Sudhakar K. 39. Vijaya A. 40. Ajit N. 41. Prasad T. 42. Nageswar Rao 43. Anuradha K. 44. Sucharita Tathe 45. Swaroopa R. 46. Prashanti K. 47. Dr. Shiva Reddy 48 Dr. Rohini Reddy

AN APPEAL

Dear Atman

OUR PUBLICATIONS

Cost of each CD is Rs.35/-

A set of 8 'Yogic CDs' were released on 1st April 2007. The CDs
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comprise instructions given on different yogic techniques based on an extensive research done by Swami Nachiketananda assisted by other Swamis and Volunteers. ‘Yoga Nidra’, the second in the series takes you beyond the realm of consciousness. All CDs are available at the Nachiketa Tapovan premises at Kavuri Hills and also in leading Bookstores.

With a noble vision of providing free education, medical-aid, vocational training and spiritual upliftment for the underprivileged in rural areas, Nachiketa Tapovan has launched a massive Ashram Project in Kodgal village, Jadcherla Mandal in Mahboobnagar district. Forty acres of land was acquired for these developmental projects.Temples, Dhyanamandir, Residential campus, Vidyamandir, Dispensary and Staff quarters are given priority in the first phase of construction. The Residential Campus Ramakrishnalaya comprises two big dormitories which can accommodate fifty people each, an office, Kitchen and other rooms for residential volunteers. It will also be used for residential camps and workshops. The estimated cost of this residential Campus is

one crore. We desire that we all should pool in our efforts and resources to ensure a speedy completion of this project so that Ramakrishnalaya starts operating and rendering the much required services to the needy. Please participate in this noble task. It may kindly be noted that donations to Nachiketa Tapovan are exempted from Income Tax U/S 80 G of IT Act, 1961 of Govt. of India. Donations in the form of cheques/Demand Drafts may please be drawn in favour of Nachiketa Tapovan. We acknowledge the generous contributions made by donors.
Yours in the service of Motherland

Be the change that you want to see in the world!

In religion all other countries are paupers; India is the only millionaire!

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