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YOGA VACATION

Vipassana Meditation Centre.
Dhamma Sikhara Himachal Vipassana Centre
Dharamkot, McLeodganj; Dharamsala 176219
Dist. Kangra; Himachal Pradesh;



Shivanand Ashram - Delhi-Badrinath Highway-Rishikesh
It is the headquarter and spiritual focal point of vast worldwide organization called “The Divine Life Society”. The society encompasses more than 300 branches around the world, as well as individual devotees in India and abroad. At the centre of this vast network of spiritual uplift throughout the world, in the form of the Divine Life Society, stands the Sivananda Ashram as the guiding light. The Ashram is dedicated to the service of all and is itself benefited by the generous donations of the devotees who want to see that service continue. It is in the Ashram that any person interested in the spiritual life, whether a member of the DLS or not, can come and be nurtured by the spirit that pervades this place.

LOCATION
Rishikesh is 225 km by road north-north-east of Delhi on the Delhi-Badrinath National Highway. Sivananda Ashram is 3 km from Rishikesh, on the way to Badrinath. This region is known as 'Devabhoomi,' region of gods, and the area around the Ashram as Muni-Ki-Reti. Rishikesh is 24 km from the well-known pilgrim centre, Haridwar, and 45 km from Dehra Dun, the capital of the state of Uttarakhand.

VISITING THE ASHRAM
The Divine Life Society International Headquarters (Sivananda Ashram) is beautifully laid out on the sylvan Himalayan Foot hills interposed with spurs and saddles and the beautiful Holy River Ganga flowing majestically by its side, at Muni-ki-Reti, 3 Kms. away from the holy city of Rishikesh on the Rishikesh-Badrinath Highway. The setting is so alluring and capturing that all physical and mental ailments are forgotten for a moment and there appears to be a standing invitation by the Hills and Dales and the Sacred Ganga, for periodical visits by people from all Countries and from all strata of society for recoupment and conditioning of both body and mind. Added to this the Ashram is a most Holy Pilgrimage Spot for Spiritual Seekers, Devotees of Gurudev Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj and lovers of God from all over the world. Here live a band of dedicated Sanyasins, Monks and Seekers after Truth trained by the Great Master Sri Swami Sivanandaji, for service to the Humanity. This Holy place has been treaded by the Saints and Sages of yore and there is tangible Spiritual Vibration.

TWENTY INSTRUSTIONS TO ATTAIN SUPREME HAPPINESS:
1. Get up at 4. a.m. daily. Do japa and meditation.
2. Sit on padma or siddha asana for japa and dhyana.
3. Take sattvic food. Do not overload the stomach.
4. Do charity ‑ one tenth of your income or one anna per rupee.
5. Study daily one chapter of the Bhagavad Gita.
6. Preserve veerya (vital force). Sleep separately.
7. Give up smoking, narcotics, intoxicant drinks and rajasic food.
8. Fast on Ekadasi days or take milk and fruits only.
9. Observe mouna for two hours daily and during meals also.
10. Speak the truth at any cost. Speak a little and sweetly.
11. Reduce your wants. Lead a happy, contented life.
12. Never hurt the feelings of others. Be kind to all.
13. Think of the mistakes that you have made (self‑analysis).
14. Do not depend upon servants. Have self‑reliance.
15. Think of God as soon as you wake up and when you go to bed.
16. Have always a japa‑mala on your neck or in your pocket.
17. Adhere to the motto ‑ 'Simple living and high thinking'.
18. Serve the sadhus, sannyasins and the poor, the sick and the suffering.
19. Have a separate meditation room under lock and key.
20. Keep a daily spiritual diary. Stick to your routine.

Sivananda Ashram - Spiritual Field
Sivananda Ashram is a place for Sadhana (spiritual practice) preferred by aspirants from all over the world. Everyone - whether a beginner or a very advanced level Sadhaka (spiritual aspirant) - has found this Ashram as an ideal place for Sadhana, a place highly charged with the spiritual vibrations. Any person who wants to pursue sadhana as per his pre-planned sadhana programme with advance intimation is given permission to stay for a some days, if accommodation is available, without any discrimination with regards to caste, religion, country, social/economic status, etc.

What has contributed to such a wonderful spiritual atmosphere? Several factors, such as:
1. Sivananda Ashram is situated in the foothills of Himalaya on the right bank (which is considered to be very sacred) of holy Ganga. This brings in some divine splendour as the background.
2. According to mythology, the pot containing the Divine Nectar was put on the bank of Ganga at Haridwar. The Divine Nectar sprinkled around covering this Ashram area as well, leaving Divine vibrations permanently.
3. The name Rishikesh was given to this place because Hrishikesh (Lord Krishna) gave here His admonitions to Uddhava. This Uddhava Gita (book XI, Ch. 6-29) is a top jewel not only of Srimad Bhagavatam, but also of the entire gamut of Indian philosophy.
4. Lord Rama's brother Laxman had practised the most intense austerities for twelve years here (at a place only 150 meters from the Ashram).
5. This area on the outskirts of Rishikesh is known as Muni-ki-reti, - Muni (sage), ki (of) and reti (sand) - indicating that here on the sands of Ganga bank sages practise austerities and sadhana.
6. During the intense sadhana period (1024-34) of Swami Sivananda, the Ashram area was a hilly jungle and here (at the site of Vishwanath Temple); he used to practise meditation and had attained transcendental Experience. Also, after the Ashram was established, many sages have done sadhana here and are still doing.
There are many buildings on the slope of a hill making it possible to have a view of Himalaya and Ganga from most of the buildings and even from good many rooms as well. The construction is done economically to provide moderate accommodation providing basic requirements to sincere sadhakas
Daily Activities The ashram offers a myriad of activities for serious seekers of all levels and backgrounds on the path of the truth to strengthen their sadhana and further their spiritual progress.
Visitors are encouraged to attend as many of the programmes as possible and make fullest use of the uniqueness of location as well as activities.

DAILY MORNING PROGRAMMES


5:00 - 6:00: Jai Ganesh, Guru Stotra, Shanti Path,Pratah Smarana Stotram, Silent Meditation (30 minutes), short talk (English)
6:00 - 7:00: First Worship of Lord Viswanath,Chanting of OM NAMAH SIVAYA & Aarati, Yoga Asana & Pranayama Class, Only for Men (Except Sundays)
7:30 - 9:00: Vishnu Sahasranama & Chanting : Om Namo Narayanaya
09:30-10:30: Second Worship Gruedev's Samadhi Shrine, Paduka Puja (Every Thursday & 8th of Every Month)
9:30 - 10:15: Second Worship Lord Viswanath Arati & Puja

Durga Temple: Worship
8:00 - 9:00 (Morning)
6:30 - 7:30 (Evening)

Dattatreya Temple: Worship
8:00 - 9:00 (Morning)
6:30 - 7:30 (Evening)

Books Library:
8:00 - 11:00 (Morning)
2:00 - 4:00 (Afternoon)
(Except Sundays)

Audiio Visual Library:
8:30 - 10:30 (Morning)
2:00 - 4:00 (Afternoon)
(Except Fridays)

DAILY EVENING PROGRAMMES


Music Hall:
1:00 - 3:00 Sivananda Music Hall (Except Sundays)

Om Namah Narayana
4:30 - 5:30 (Winter)
5:00 - 6:00 (Summer)
Chanting: Om Namo Narayanaya, Arati & Puja

Yoga Hall:
4:00 - 6:00(Winter)
4:30 - 6:30(Summer)
Yoga Asana & Pranayama Class,
Only for Women
(Except Sundays)

Gurudev Kutir (Satsang)
5:15 - 6:00(Winter)
5:45 - 6:30(Summer)
Bhajans, Kiratans at Gurudev's Kutir
Ganga Arati & Puja

Samadhi Shrine (Worship III)
5:30 - 6:00(Winter)
6:00 - 6:30(Summer)
Third Worship Gurudev's Samadhi, Arati & Puja

Vishwanath Temple (Worship III)
5:00 - 6:00(Winter)
5:30 - 6:30(Summer)
Third Worship Lord Viswanath, Arati & Puja

Evening Satsang:
7:30 - 9:30
Evening Satsang: Lectures, Kirtans & Bhajans, (English and Hindi)
Apart from the above regular program there are some special Spiritual functions and celebrations:
Sadhana Week:
As a very large number of devotees come to the Ashram on Guru Purnima, a one-week Sadhana Shibir (spiritual retreat) is organized from the following day. Discourses of eminent spiritual dignitaries and other spiritual programmes are arranged. In the evening, cultural programmes are also organized.
Christmas Retreat:
The devotees from cold countries prefer to visit the Ashram during December and January. So, a special spiritual retreat is held during Christmas.
Akhanda Kirtan:
Non-stop chanting is arranged on all the Purnimas, Amavasyas and on the eve of certain special days like Mahasivaratri, Gauranga Mahaprabhu Jayanti, Guru Purnima, Sri Krishna Jayanti, Sivananda Jayanti, Anniversary of Akhanda Mahamantra Samkirtana, Anniversary of Viswanath Mandir.
Special Pujas:
9 days Navaratri Puja, Six-day Skanda Puja, night-long Siva Puja on the Mahasivaratri Day, special Puja on Sri Krishna Jayanti, Sri Rama Jayanti, etc. are performed with great enthusiasm.
Special Day Celebrations:
Special programmes are held on the Lunar New Year Day, Sri Rama Navami, Adi-Sankaracharya Jayanti, Guru Purnima, Aradhana Day (Punyatithi of Swami Sivananda), Birthday Anniversaries of Swami Sivananda and other saints, Vijaya Dasami, Dipavali, Sri Bhagavad Gita Jayanti, etc.
5-6 am Chanting, prayers, meditation, talk Samadhi Shrine
5:40-7:15am Worship/ Om Namah Sivaya chant (6-7am) Viswanath Mandir
6:30-8am Yoga asanas (men only) Yoga Hall.
7-7:30am Breakfast Dining Hall
7:30-8:30am Vishnu Sahasra Nama & Om Namo Narayanaya chanting Samadhi Shrine
8:20-9am Vedanta class Divya Naam Mandir
9-11am, 2-4pm Reading Period Main Library
8:30-10:30, 1:30-3:30 Viewing of videos films A-V Library
8-10:30, 1-3:30pm Purchase of Sivananda books SPL Bookstall
9:30-11am Philosophical discussions, meditation Academy Building
9:30-10:15am Worship Viswanath Mandir
9:30-10:15am Worship (Thursdays, pada puja) Samadhi Shrine
11-11:30, 11:30-12 Lunch Dining Hall
3:00pm Tea served Dining Hall
4-5pm Matri Satsang Main Library
4:30-5:30pm "Om Namo Narayanaya" chant Samadhi Shrine
5:30-6:30pm Yoga Asanas (women only) Yoga Hall.
5:30-6:30pm Bhajan, Kirtan & Ganga arati Gurudev Kutir Ghat
5:30-6:30pm Worship Viswanath Mandir
6-6:45pm Worship Samadhi Shrine
6:30pm (7 in summer) Dinner Dining Hall
On-going Akhanda Kirtan Bhajan Hall
7:30-9:30pm Evening Satsang Samadhi Shrine.

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