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Parmarth Gurukul in Rishikesh
Parmarth Gurukul in Rishikesh In India today there are thousands and thousands of abandoned and impoverished children, roaming the streets of the cities and the dirt paths of the villages. These are children whose parents were too poor to raise them, or who simply decided they did not want to accept the burden of a child, or who were befallen by an accident that left them incapable of fending for themselves, let alone a child.

However, simple shelters with food, beds and babysitters are not sufficient. These children need not only to be fed and sheltered - they need to be educated and trained so they can be productive members of society. They need to be inculcated with values, ethics and spirituality which will make them torchbearers of Indian culture and divine cultural ambassadors.

We have opened an orphanage /gurukul in Rishikesh where 100 young boys live and study - both basic academics as well as intensive Sanskrit and ancient Vedic texts. Their days are filled with yoga, meditation, Vedic chanting, reading of scriptures, mathematics, seva and special programs designed to infuse their lives with essential sanskaras.

They are being trained to be not only doctors, scientists and engineers, but they are also being trained to be India's cultural ambassadors, to be the priests and guides who will travel throughout the world, carrying with them the ancient secrets of the Vedas combined with the blessings of Mother Ganga.

From the first minute that the boys arrived, their identity was changed from "orphan" and "poor" to "Rishikumar." With that slight, simple change of term, their entire identities have changed. Looks of hopelessness have become looks of great optimism and hope. Lightless eyes have become bright, shining eyes. Feelings of destitution and despair have become feelings of pride, of faith and of enthusiasm.

We currently have 150 young boys living in our 2 gurukuls, one on the premises of Parmarth Niketan in Rishikesh and the other on the premises of the Veerpur ashram, 8 km. away. We are looking to take in up to 500 more children.

Boys in Parmarth Gurukul in Rishikesh The ceremony was performed and all the rishikumars received the sacred mantra from Pujya Swamiji and a mala for japa, as well as a special asana for sitting for their meditation and sandhya

In the evening, after the Ganga Aarti, the rishikumars all (new and old received new clothes, new school books and big sweet ladoos, by the hands of the Shahra family from Indore and Mumbai.

"True bliss comes to me in the service of humanity. If Moksha were to knock at my doors today, I would beg the Lord to let me remain here, so I might serve a brother or sister in pain." H.H. Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji Maharaj, President of Parmarth Niketan

Yoga Courses :
Beginner Foundation Yoga Course
Monday, Jan 5 - Friday, Jan 16, 2009 Monday, Feb 16 - Friday, Feb 27, 2009
Tuesday, March 10 - Saturday, March 21 Monday, April 6 - Friday, April 17
Monday, May 4 - Friday, May 15 Monday, June 1 - Friday, June 12
Monday, August 3 - Friday, August 14 Monday, Sept 7 - Friday Sept 18
Monday, Oct 5 - Friday Oct 16 Monday, Nov 2 - Friday Nov 13
Monday, Dec 7 - Friday, Dec 18 Monday, Jan 4, 2010 - Friday, Jan 15, 2010

Instructors: Sadhvi Abha Saraswati [Mataji] & Indu
The Beginner Yoga program includes prayers, pranayama, traditional hatha yoga asana, Yoga in the Bhagavad Gita, Vedic Chanting, Meditation and Yoga Nidra. Each day will conclude with Ganga Havan and Arti at sunset and meditation / Yoga Nidra after dinner. Please note that there will be no classes on Guru Purnima and India Independence Day

Ganga Havan in Parmarth Gurukul Intensive Yoga Course
Tuesday, March 10 - Saturday, April 4, 2009
Monday, November 2 - Saturday, November 28, 2009

Instructors: Sadhvi Abha Saraswati [Mataji] & Indu
This 4-week Intensive Yoga Course includes prayers, Pranayama, Traditional general and advance Hatha and Vinyasa yoga asana, Yoga in the Bhagvad Gita, Patanjali Yoga Sutras, Vedic Chanting, Yoga Nidra and other meditation techniques. Each day concludes with Ganga Havan and Aarti at sunset and meditation / Yoga Nidra after dinner.

Pre-requisite: 1 year of regular yoga practice and a desire to live the principles of yoga.

Yoga Teacher Training Course
Tuesday, March 10 - Saturday, April 11, 2009
Monday, November 2 - Saturday, December 5, 2009

Instructors: Sadhvi Abha Saraswati [Mataji] , Indu and Dr Alka
This 200-hour Parmarth Yoga Program includes prayers, Pranayama, Traditional general and advance Hatha and Vinyasa yoga asana, Yoga in the Bhagvad Gita, Patanjali Yoga Sutras, Anatomy of Hatha Yoga; Yoga, Ayurveda and body types; Yoga therapy and teaching techniques, Vedic Chanting, Yoga Nidra and other meditation techniques. Each day concludes with Ganga Havan and Aarti at sunset and meditation / Yoga Nidra after dinner.

Pre-requisite for Yoga Teacher Training Course: 2-years of regular yoga practice and a desire to live the principles of yoga.

Finding Peace in the Chaos
Monday, April 13 - Friday, April 17, 2009

Instructors: Sadhvi Abha Saraswati [Mataji] , Indu and Tara
Yoga Nidra in Parmarth Gurukul When we accept the responsibility for peace in our personal lives, then we will see and live PEACE for us, our families, our communities and the world. For there to be Peace in the world there must be peace in our hearts. This program explores how to Take Control of Your Life; our human traits / attitudes which can either prevent or promote peace; the value of breath regulation, silence, introspection and meditation; the relationship of our Thoughts to our Destiny and the Universe; and, utilizing our Senses for Peace. At the end of this program you will develop a Personal Action Plan for creating new habits, and self discipline to live truth, non-violence and peace in thoughts, words and action. Each day begins with prayers, pranayama, traditional hatha yoga asana and concludes with Ganga Havan and Aarti at sunset and meditation / Yoga Nidra after dinner.
  1. Classes begin early morning on the first day of the course. Please come to the Ashram by 4pm the day before classes begin.
  2. Saturdays: only one yoga class will be offered
  3. Sundays: no classes
  4. To respect and maintain the traditional nature of the ashram, we request that attire be modest. Please no shorts, sleeveless tops, transparent clothing or otherwise revealing attire.
Yoga is a way of life, an integrated system of education for the body, mind and inner spirit. Every day at Parmarth Niketan there are yoga and meditation classes. These include hatha yoga, pranayama, meditation as well as classes on the Bhagavadgita, Pata˝jali's Yoga Sutras and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. The medium of the classes is English.

For the benefit of the seekers of Yogic discipline we offer various long and short-term certificate courses. People can come for one day, one week or one month to immerse themselves in the great ancient healing wisdom of Yoga. While learning in the classrooms, the students will have an opportunity to experience and enjoy Ashram Life as well as hiking and trekking in the valleys of Himalayas. They will have ample exposure to the teachings of visiting saints and scholars at Parmarth Niketan.

Also there are frequent yoga camps and meditation camps, including: Yoga for women in Parmarth Gurukul
  • Yoga for Beginners
  • Yoga Intensive
  • Yoga Instructor's Course
  • Yoga and Meditation
  • Yoga for Women
  • Yoga for Stress Management
Sadhvi Abha Saraswati (Mataji) is a disciple of H.H. Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji and is director of Parmarth's Gurukul. Sadhvi Abha Saraswati has been an avid yoga practitioner since the age of 25, when - through yoga - she cured herself of a terminal kidney ailment called nephritis. Since then she has delved more and more deeply into various forms of yoga and has become not only a practitioner, but also a teacher. Sadhvi Abhaji teaches Yoga Nidra and Nada Yoga (meditation on sound).

Karin O'Bannon Previously the Senior Teacher of the Iyengar Yoga Institute of Los Angeles, and a certified Senior Intermediate Level 3 Iyengar Yoga Instructor (one of the highest levels), Karin is residing full time at Parmarth, and offering daily Hatha Yoga classes as well as periodic special courses and workshops.

Aarti is the beautiful ceremony in which deepas (the oil lamps) are offered to God. Aarti can be done to a deity in the temple, it can be done on the banks of the Ganges to Mother Ganga, or it can be done to a saint. It is performed to God, in any manifestation, any form, by any name. The essence of the aarti ceremony is that all day long God offers us light - the light of the sun, the light of life, the light of His (Her) blessings.

Aarti is a time when we say "thank you," and we offer back the light of our thanks, the light of our love and the light of our devotion. We realize that the small deepa is nothing compared to the divine light which shines on us all day. So, aarti is a ceremony of humility, a time in which we acknowledge that "God, you are everything. I am nothing. All day you shine upon the world. All I can offer you is this small deepa, a flame which will be blown out by the passing wind. But, I offer it with devotion and with love. Please accept my offering."

One of the meanings of Aarti literally is "remover of pain." This is beautiful, because there is nothing inherent in the name of the ceremony that says which form or name of God it should be performed to. It should be performed to the Divine Remover of Pain in our life.