SwAr Ashram

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नर्मदे हर   NARMADE HAR!

Swami Anantram aka Tigerwalla Baba, collected an extensive Advaitic Vedanta Yoga Library at SwAr Ashram (an acronym for his name).

INDIA IS A VAST, MULTI-LAYERED INTER-DIMENSIONAL LIBRARY…. Its ancient culture holds intelligence across the dimensions, even as shrouded in modern physical adaptations. Swami Anantram has left in our care, nearly 700 Advaitic, Yoga Vedantic, Theosophic & Interfaith Texts.  Yet, one need not search any rare books to access the living traditions.

THE SEEDS OF THIS IMMENSE INTELLIGENCE of ancient teachings, technologies & therapies are cultivated here at SwAr Ashram, as the living tradition of Advaita Vedantic Yoga.  You can certainly read many books. But this is not an ancient theory about how people used to live. Genuine, Authentic Esoteric Yoga is more relevant today than ever, however unknown amid the marketing frenzy of mis-leading ideas catagorically called yoga in the West.

THE COUNTRY IS ON LOCKDOWN, ALL OF INDIA AWAITS THE NEWS OF HOW WE MAY WELCOME OUR GUESTS IN THE FUTURE. UPDATES WILL BE MADE HERE RE: REOPENING OF OUR DOOR AS SOON AS THE PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENTS ARE MADE.

the Fort in which we are located belongs to Maharani Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Trust

At SwAr Ashram, our Amma Niradhara lives the quiet, humble lifestyle of a Yogini. She encourages you to take the Teachings into the modern, traumatized, dis-eased, stressed & confused world. At the end of reading, as the great Sage Patanjali has instructed, ‘close the book’.  Join with Life. Cultural mis-appropriation, the colonization of Yoga, runs commonly outside of India because appreciation (and due respect) for its contextual culture is missing. Our Amma invites you to read this Living Library across the pages of faces that reside in the sea of Yoga’s geographical context. 1.3 billion Indian pairs of Indian eyes, Human interpretations of Divinity that live hand in hand across the subcontinent. 33,000 crore sects of Hindus spring from the 6 source schools Sanatana Dharma. At SwAr Ashram, Scientific, Metaphysical, Relativistic, Advaitic Yoga Vedanta unites the 6 Shatdarshanas (schools of thought) which Swami Anantram gave us and through his Lens & our Amma Niradhara brings us her own unique Global Village vibe.

YOGA is an Integral part of Hindu Life but living as a Hindu is not necessary to practice Yoga. In fact, to be in Yog means to be united with All That Is. There are also Jain, Sikh, 2 sects of Buddhists & over 700 Adivasi Tribes springing out of Sanatana Dharmic source & 7 sects of Islam plus a small percentage of Christian converts all sharing the blessings of Mother India. An Ashram is from Hindu tradition, however, by Sanatana Dharma, at the root is Inter-connectedness of Faiths, SwAr Ashram embraces all and is managed by our NGO, Narmada Interfaith.

OUR MICRO-ASHRAM, is rooted in a distant remote region known as the Nimar Valley in Mahdya Pradesh.   We are located in an ancient Fort, built by the beloved Queen Ahilya-bai, India’s only Matriarch, nearly 300 years ago at the same time that she built the Kashi Vishvanath Mandir, just steps away on the same Ghat. The premises was originally known as Ganapathy Dharmsala, as it is perched on the Eastern-most side of the Narmada Ghat. Since the River is flowing East to West, it is the first structure to greet the Narmada flow to our Fort Ghat, welcoming the River passing by us as Ganapathy officially opens the path for any activity or movement.

Because SwAr Ashram is managed by an NGO, there are many facets to our activities. We offer these slide galleries.

BELOW slide gallery #1: the grounds & facilities of SwAr Ashram Campus, a nearly 300 year old Fort Structure which exists partly in ruins. Restoration of this Heritage property is Amma’s dearest wish, pending funding and proper permissions.  It is her home as a Sannyasini more than 12 years, where she continues to live the simple life, serve the local community and share the Yogic Teachings after Swamiji’s Mahasamadhi.

SwAr Ashram is managed by NIWS, an NGO founded on Interfaith, a modern word for Advaita (non-dualism / all are One).  Here we promote peace between religions, cultures & economies through charitable initiatives in education centered on Education in Yoga, as well as traditional Arts, Computers & English, with emphasis on Girl’s & Women’s Upliftment Advocacy.  See the slide show below & our GALLERY PAGE for more.

The initiation of NIWS sprang from the Guru-Shishya Parampara of Swami Anantram Guruji and Swamini Niradhara Amma.  SwAr is an acronym for his name – Sw (swami) Anant ram – a humble Siddha, never seeking fame or name.  He lived very simply for the final 28 years of his life in this ancient primitive partial ruins. Amma is continuing his legacy as the Managing Director of NIWS and Spiritual Mother of SwAr Ashram.

when you VISIT Swar Ashram for support with your own sadhana WHEN YOU ARE IN INDIA, you also support local girl’s access to yoga & to continuing their education : contact AMMA.

below slide gallery #2: NIWS initiatives at SwAr Ashram. See our Gallery Page & the NGO Pages linked in the above paragraphs. This is the year-round work that is the heart of SwAr Ashram’s daily life between annual short seasons of visiting Yoga Students.

We have a significant appeal, being nested in Original Vedic Culture. Hindus from modern India flock here to get the Spiritual Bhava of these ancient stones where Saints & Sages walked for millenium. Our River Ghat is one of the most sacred & secret destinations for Hindu-s and such Tourism is our life-blood. As Yogi-s we recognize the fundamental nature of Being as One, and that non-Hindu-s may also be sincere pilgrims. To experience that Unity in Action, it is best to respect the cultures where you visit. You, who have the privilege of Travel Experience must take the lead in demonstrating your unity with the locals, who often have never seen a foreigner. If you show respect to the local culture first, they will in turn not fear, but respect you as well. SEE ALL THE GALLERIES HERE>

there is a CODE OF CONDUCT FOR HOLY INDIAN PILGRIMAGE TOWNS & ASHRAM LIFE

This is a pure veg town as are all Pilgrimage Sites in India. Pure veg / vegan options are served at our Lodge’s Cafe. Neither meats, eggs, alcohol nor street drugs are sold in our Town. This is local Law. We are required by our Town Administrators to inform our visiting non-Indian-national Yoga Students of local cultural norms & to encourage the adherence of such. In addition to this, SwAr Ashram empowers the lifestyle of Yogi-s, so we also have guidelines & suggestions. When in Rome….

The hidden treasure of visiting SwAr Ashram is the unique opportunity to become immersed in a local lifestyle which has remained intact for thousands of years. If you are travelling from the West, you are likely to be one of only a handful of non-Indians in this remote place at any given time. Those enrolled in SwAr Ashram’s Courses about Yoga Lifestyle & Ethics will be participating in the Daily Program as part of the Teachings. You are heartily encouraged to attend Daily and Holiday Programs as the immersion in such is what makes your journey here relative to the innerYatra Esoteric Yoga Experiences.

If you have questions or concerns, best to communicate with Amma about this. She holds no judgement for or against Western lifestyle as she was also raised in the West and understands your perspective. However, the guidelines are printed on the Registration Forms and she is bound by duty to see that Guests are informed during their Stay.

below slide gallery #3: The Sadhana of Ashram Daily Program, Agnihotra, Guru Aarti, Dev Puja, as well as Holy Day Puja-s, Festivals, Yoga & Meditation. The knowledge and experience that you seek by coming here is embedded in the Vedic culture & lifestyle. What you gain from this immersion is valuable to Yogic Spiritual Perspective.

Niradhara Amma is our Yoga Educator, the Resident Administrative Mother of SwAr Ashram and Managing Director of NIWS (Narmada Interfaith NGO) which Swami-ji founded for her charitable initiatives and maintenance of the Ashram. As Director of all of our Programs, she Creates & Produces the Daily & Special Programs as well as InnerYatra Retreats, Tours, Courses, Classes, Workshops, Yoga Therapy, Guest Teacher Events, YACEP, and Modules for Visiting Students. CONTACT AMMA

Swamini Niradhara Amma welcomes you – Narmade Har!

In service to our community since 2007, Swami-ji invited Niradhara to live on this site as his only residential student. Amma Niradhara was appointed by Swami Anantram in 2012 to direct his NGO (NIWS) and manage his Ashram (SwAr Ashram). Amma Niradhara is a Sannyasi (renunciate of worldly life), as the Spiritual Teacher & Mother of  SwAr Ashram, she is a Swamini, and she is a full-time Sevaka (un-salaried volunteer). Amma NIradhara is a E-RYT500 Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, YACEP Yoga Education Provider, CYT Certified Yoga Therapist, Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist, Reiki Master, Agnihotri, Sound Therapist and Ordained Interfaith Minister (New Seminary, Interfaith Temple of NY). As an Interfaith Prison Minister, for years, she taught Yoga & Sacred Arts at a maximum security women’s prison and to At-Risk Youth, with transportation & materials funded by a Sheriff’s Grant.

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REGISTER to enroll in short or longer term courses at Swar Ashram Online or IN INDIA.

THE ART & SCIENCE OF YOGA. Niradhara Amma provides Advaitic Yoga Vedanta Teachings, Tours, Technologies & Therapies, access to SwAr Library, as well as Hatha Yoga & Meditation classes to Visitors by donation and scheduled Registration based Events. These Yogic interactions with our Guest Visitors provide the only income for our NGO’s charities.

LEARN MORE ABOUT visiting SwAr Ashram by the links below and …. FAQs

below slide gallery #4: Visitors on InnerYatra (the inner journey) which contains innerEvolution (Esoteric Yoga to empower you to raise your Consciousness) and innerYajnya (intro to Vedic Agnihotra fire sadhana as a gratitude practice). Click above links to see more photos and details of events, courses, daily classes and events.

VISIT Swar Ashram for support with your own sadhana WHEN YOU ARE IN INDIA. contact AMMA.

Traditional Hatha Yoga, Yoga Therapy, Meditation, Agnihotra,  Yogic Philosophy

YOGA SADHANA (regularly practiced) is a process of innerEvolution. Hatha Yoga is a Somatic process of integrating the Body-mind (Soul) & its Life Force Energy, Prana (Spirit) – experienced through relationship to Earth & connection to Breath  –  not simply poses. Pranayama & Meditation are the foundation of Yoga itselfDevelopment of a personal practice is offered.

Here at SwAr Ashram we say we are BEing in Yoga – not DOing Yoga.

MAP... FAQs…GALLERY…

SWAR ASHRAM IS AMMA’S HOME.  SHE LIVES VERY SIMPLY IN ONE 11FT SQUARE ROOM WHICH SERVES AS HER KITCHEN, OFFICE, SADHANA AND SLEEPING SPOT FOR HERSELF AND HER CANINE COMPANION. FOR ACCOMMODATION: WE DO NOT OWN ANY ROOMS.  YOU WILL STAY AT BEAUTIFULLY RESTORED HERITAGE LODGING VERY NEAR IN OUR SAME FORT. WE OFFER OUR GUESTS THE RIVER FRONT YOGA SHALA, MANDIRS, TEACHING FACILITY & LIBRARY IN A PICTURESQUE PRIMITIVE PARTIAL RUINS ON THE NARMADA GHAT.

An Ashram is a vestige of ancient Vedic tradition. While many ‘ashrams’ have been constructed in this generation for the explosion of foreign tourism, that is not how it was done 1000’s of years ago or even less than 300 years ago when this Ashram was built. There was no air travel, and Indians have plenty of Guru-s who live within walking distance of their Students in every hometown. Therefore, these ancient homes of Spiritual Teachers & Saints were not built with rooms for guests. If anyone did travel to meet one of these Holy Ones, they would sleep on the floor outside of their Master’s room. And so, it is like this at SwAr Ashram, except local authorities now do not allow sleeping outside of hotels. Local people use the Ashram during the days as it is a Teaching Facility for Amma Niradhara, the Resident Teacher. Because we are cognizant of the trend towards Yoga Tourism, we have a lodging arrangement for those making this a destination visit for our Yoga offerings. Visiting an Ashram which is fully a part of rural India’s Traditional lifestyle and not modified as a hotel for Yoga students, requires a bit or pre-communication.

When you register for Yoga with us, you stay inside the same Fort at our affiliate Heritage Lodging.

नर्मदे हर   NARMADE HAR! ༺🔥༻ – is a regional greeting in and around the Narmada River route among locals, parikramavasi-s and tourists. When we say this we recognize the Divinity of Narmada in you.

FREE 1 HOUR INITIATION AT YOUR OWN SANDHYA TIME WITH PURCHASE OF ANY KIT OR KUNDA

GET YOUR e-Book, KUNDA OR FULL KIT HERE the Phyr-O-Sutras : Praying with Fire : Agnhotra e-book is FREE with the Kund or Kit purchase.

REGISTER HERE for the FREE e-lesson OFFERING FIRE TO THE SUN & Initiation.

FREE PRAYER REQUESTS

CONTACT SWAR ASHRAM WITH THE WORDS “PRAYing with FIRE REQUEST” IN THE SUBJECT LINE.

Your request will we entered in the next available Sandhya Time Agnihotra. Specify the duration of times you would wish to keep your Request Active.

༺🔥༻FREELive e-lesson (OFFERING FIRE TO THE SUN) & instant download Phyr-o-Sutras : printable e-bookPDF when you order ANY KUNDA KIT

नर्मदे हर   NARMADE HAR! ༺🔥༻ – is a regional greeting in and around the Narmada River route among locals, parikramavasi-s and tourists. When we say this we recognize the Divinity of Narmada in you.