By Rama Brooke, SVA Board Member
Contemplating the meaning of our spring fundraising campaign brings up immense gratitude for the current generation! Swami Nirmalananda has written about gratitude, saying:
To express your thanks is one of the easiest ways to melt your heart. To feel grateful is to pause in a moment of sweet surrender… Yoga says, “Just let go!” Let yourself be overwhelmed by the beauty of the moment. Give over to the majesty of the space between the ticks of the clock. Gratitude is one of the best ways to do this.
— Swami Nirmalananda, November, 1996 Contemplation
Where would I be without the many teachers who have inspired me along this yoga path? I can think of many for whom I am so grateful. They include my dear friend who gave me her copy of the Primary Practice video tape 12 years ago. They include as well my local Svaroopa® teacher, my Teacher Trainers and DTS mentors. Also included are the many “Guru siblings” from whom I learn so much as we cross these oceans together.
Of course, Swami Nirmalananda is the Foundation, the Essence, the Source. She carries her Baba’s teachings and keeps them alive, as he and many others carried Nityananda’s teachings. Now our newly trained Svaroopa® yoga teachers and Svaroopa® Vidya meditation teachers carry Swami Nirmalananda’s teachings far and wide in today’s world.
Where would we be without teachers!!
Please join me in this yogic practice of gratitude and sweet surrender. Inspire and support the next generation. Donate your one-time gift, or pledge your monthly contribution to our Scholarship Fund. The Ashram’s policy is to allocate 10% of tuitions to scholarships, and your donation will make it possible to expand this.
Or contribute to the Swami Support Fund and allow our Guru to focus more on teaching and writing, and less on administrative tasks. This, in turn, supports the next generation, as well as current teachers.
The choice is always yours. Do more yoga!