Mountain Path by the River of Knowing a Scholarly Tour de Force
by Kalyani Giri
Indo American News 2nd September 2011

“HOUSTON: With a voice imbued with a hypnotic lilt, Himalayan yogi and savant Swami Vidyadhishananda held riveted a capacity audience of over 400 at the Brown Auditorium at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston with a ninety-minute-long first formal preview of Mountain Path by the River of Knowing, a book he is currently working on. The highly anticipated treatise, to be published in 2012, will be a tangible extension of the swami’s vision to preserve and promulgate the Sanskrit teachings, a project close to his heart and the nucleus of many of his discourses nationwide and abroad…” Full Article…

Breathless Vedic Chanting at India House
by Staff Writer
Indo American News 2nd September 2011

 “HOUSTON: Synchronized chanting of the Veda mantra is an immensely uplifting experience for any listener. India House was once again transformed by the mesmerizing sounds of Veda mantra on Friday, August 19th. This chanting program called SwaraGanga aptly represented the flow and variation of different styles of chanting, and was thus named as Resonant Streams of Vedic Chanting. This beautiful program was hosted by the Nonprofit, Self Enquiry Life Fellowship, and was presided over by His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda. Two local priests, or Vaidikacharya, Sri Achyuta Ramaiah and Sri Vibhudatt Mishra, joined in to chant two major branches of the Veda…” Full Article…

Ganga legacy brought from Himalaya to Museum of Fine Arts
by Rajeev Gadgil
India Herald 31st August 2011

“The Brown Auditorium Theater of the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston was full to capacity last Sunday (August 28) when Swami Vidyadhishananda delivered a lecture with breathtaking photos from the Himalayan mountains and rare early photos tracing the course of the river Ganga. More than 400 people came to hear this saintly monk and Himalayan yogi give deep insights into two geographical features that have shaped the Indic ethos and acted as a source of inspiration for worshippers and seekers. ..” Full Article…

Himalayan monk shares message with local residents
by Staff Writer
The Herald Dispatch 21st July 2011

“HUNTINGTON — It was a rare opportunity for the crowd that gathered Wednesday evening at Marshall University’s Smith Recital Hall to hear the message of peace, fellowship and mutual respect from Swami Vidyadhishananda Giri, better known as “Swami V”. Swami V, is a highly ordained Spiritual Master, who is a Kriya Yogi, scholar and monk. He has visited the Tri-State twice in the past, in 2008 and 2010. It is rare for Swami V to return to any community more than once, said Charlotte Pritt, an ambassador for the Self Enquiry Life Fellowship, a nonprofit organization established for genuine seekers of all denominations…” Full Article…

Marshall set to host Vedic Himalayan monk July 20
by Beth Hendricks
The Herald-Dispatch 18th July 2011

“HUNTINGTON — Swami Vidyadhishananda Giri will bring his message of peace, fellowship and mutual respect to Huntington this week when he visits the Marshall University campus at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 20. Admission is free and open to the public. It is not the first trip to the area for the Vedic Himalayan monk, who last visit(ed) in 2010 and before that in 2008, but it is a rare occurrence for any community, said Charlotte Pritt, an ambassador for the Self Enquiry Life Fellowship, a nonprofit organization established for genuine seekers of all denominations. Dr. Tara Sharma said Swami V, as he is often referred to stateside, has a message for everyone and not just Indians only… Sharma said even the Swami’s presence is enlightening. “Just the mere presence of the guru gives you that inner power,” he said…” Full Article…

Swami returns to Tamarack to share spiritual fellowship
by Sarah Plummer
Register Herald 14th July 2011

“BECKLEY — Swami Vidyadhishananda Giri will once again visit the mountains of West Virginia to share spiritual fellowship, classical Indian dance and enlightening discourse…” Full Article…

Swami: Discipline promotes spiritual peace
by Douglas Imbrogno
The Charleston Gazette 11th July 2011

“CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The line can be long — the blessing line — after a talk by Swami Vidyadhishananda, whose Hindu teachings are rooted in ancient Sanskrit texts yet addressed to modern audiences.The orange-turbaned swami greets each person personally, albeit briefly, responding to a question, a need, a hurt. “During the blessing line, many are focused on question regarding health and healing — mostly healing — and how to bring up children in a holistic way. Many are just coming for family blessings,” said the monk, speaking by phone…” Full Article…

Enlightened Himalayan Monk to visit Appalachia Area
by Staff Writer
Mountain Messenger 9th July 2011

“It is rare for Himalayan monks to descend from the mountainous terrain to disseminate the wisdom and teachings of time honored tradition, but the July the Appalachia area has the unique opportunity to be graced by the presence of an enlightened spiritual master, His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda…” Full Article…

Swami Vidyadhishananda Proposes Introduction of
Sanskrit at U of H
by Kalyani Giri
Indo American News 16th September 2010

“HOUSTON: There’s nothing faddish or new-fangled about Swami Vidyadhishananda Giri’s vision to revitalize, preserve, nurture, and propagate the ancient Sanskrit language. From his rousing speech at the WAVES conference here in 2006…” Full Article …

Classical Dance at a Spiritual Banquet
by Kalyani Giri
Indo American News 10th September 2010

“STAFFORD: In honor of Vedic heritage and to promote a unique angle of Sanskrit and Sanskriti, a forum named as KalaaRashmi was presented in Houston that combined classical arts from India alongside a spiritual banquet on August 27 for over 350 guests by local volunteers of the US based Nonprofit, Self Enquiry Life Fellowship…” Full Article …

Swami Vidyadhishananda Giri Visits Bellaire High School
by Staff Writer
India Herald September 2010

“Swami Vidyadhishananda Giri of Self Enquiry Life Fellowship spoke to the students of Bellaire High School recently. The Hindi department under the leadership of Hindu Student Council was honored to organize this event. The students of Bellaire High School were treated to a speech…” Full Article …

Himalayan Monk to Lecture at Tamarack
by Sarah Plummer
The Register-Herald 8th July 2010

“BECKLEY — Swami Vidyadhishananda Giri will lecture on the relationship between the mind and the heart at Tamarack Friday at 7:30 p.m. … According to a news release, Friday’s discourse will expound upon the Sanskrit verse, “upon the heart is the knowledge of the mind.” Related inquiries will address if the mind resides in the heart, what controls the heart rate, what is mind-stuff and why we say “learn it by heart.” Full Article …

Himalayan Monk to Host Workshops in Area
by Beth Hendricks
The Herald-Dispatch 17th June 2010

“HUNTINGTON — From the Himalayan Mountains to the Appalachian Mountains, Swami Vidyadhishananda Giri will visit the Tri-State next week for workshops in physical and mental well-being.

It is not the first trip to the area for the Himalayan monk, who last visited in 2008, but is a rare occurrence, said Charlotte Pritt, an ambassador for the Self Enquiry Life Fellowship…” Full Article…

Vedic Peace Ceremony to Spread Good Will in a Thousand-Mile Radius
by Elena Gray-Blanc
The Santa Barbara Independent 18th July 2008

“A Vedic fire ceremony called the Guru Purnima, was held on Thursday, July 17. This ceremony, which lasted approximately eight hours, was intended as an offering to the community – its peaceful effects are supposed to extend a thousand miles from its location. Four priests participated, each of whom were brought from a different part of the country and chosen for their knowledge of Vedic scripture…” Full Article …

Himalayan Monk to Share Knowledge with the Area
by Laura Wilcox
The Herald Dispatch 25th June 2008

“HUNTINGTON — Charlotte Pritt has studied a little of everything in the past, but the lessons the Marshall alumna got from a Himalayan monk last year were life-changing. “I felt as though I was on cloud nine,” she said of her first meeting with Swami Vidyadhishananda Giri. That same monk is touring the area again, with upcoming visits to Charleston, Huntington and Russell, Ky…” Full Article …

Monk Tackles Stress of Life
by Margaret Ramirez
Chicago Tribune 30th June 2007

“‘The loss of spirituality comes from greed,’ he said. ‘If we use technology in a conscientious manner for the needs of the society, it’s part of natural evolution. But it’s the greed, when things come at the cost of the environment, at the cost of future generations, then it becomes ‘anti’ to the spiritual aspect. … One can be a very good scientist, yet be very deeply spiritual…’” Full Article …

Learning from the past: Ancient Vedic, Sanskrit traditions are Applicable to Modern Life, Monk Says
by Barbara Karkabi
Houston Chronicle 8th May 2007

“He’s been called a Himalayan master and a bridge between East and West. To his admirers, Swami Vidyadhishananda Giri is that and more. But don’t try to put the swami in a category. That only creates limitations, he gently explains. For example, he doesn’t mind if people refer to him as a Hindu monk, but that doesn’t capture his true essence and his lineage, which dates to pre-Hindu times. He is a Vedic monk, ordained in the Hindu tradition, who spent the first years of the 21st century meditating in the Himalayas. At times during his four years in the mountains, he would spend as many as 18 days at a stretch in uninterrupted meditation, without food or water…” Full Article …

In Search of Their Heritage: Summer Camp for Hindu Kids Blends Fun, Spiritual Instruction
by Barbara Karkabi
Houston Chronicle 29th July 2006

“RICHMOND — The American teens in shorts and jeans eagerly questioned the Hindu holy man in saffron-colored robes. “Swami,” a young man said, “in Texas people say if you don’t believe in Jesus Christ you will go to hell. In Islam they say there is only (one) God. How do you answer those people when they talk to you like that?” And how, a young girl asked, do they explain Hinduism and its many traditions to others? Swami Vidyadhishananda Giri’s answer was swift and direct. “There are many paths to God,” he said. “God is one, knowledge is one. The very basic teachings are universal. You cannot lose your inner strength, even if someone provokes you.” Full Article …

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