Karma Yoga is the way of selfless work for the benefit of all living beings. The great Saint Sri Deep Narayan Mahaprabhuji said:
"True joy can be found in the service of all creatures, and in this is the wisdom and meaning of life."
Following these principles the Australian Association of Yoga in Daily Life works to make a positive contribution.
Initiatives in Australia include our Community Yoga programme, yoga and meditation classes for all areas of the public including adults, seniors, athletes, children, teenagers, corporate groups as well as disadvantaged community groups such as intellectually challenged adults in institutions; wheelchair-bound children and adults; senior citizens in aged-homes; inmates of prisons; the terminally ill and their carers.
Initiatives in India include, work with the local community to provide health services, environmental conservation, humanitarian aid, education programs, and the implementation of long term poverty reduction strategies. The Australian centres support this work by providing financial aid, volunteer workers, fund-raising, and campaigns to raise international awareness of third world issues. The most active centre where volunteers from Australia spend time each year is the centre in Jadan village, Pali, Rajasthan.
The Australian Association of Yoga in Daily Life (AAYIDL) is a non-governmental organisation in roster consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and affiliated with the Department of Public Information (DPI). The Association's activities are aimed to serve humankind by fostering health, world peace, humanitarian aid, protection of the environment and all creatures, tolerance, respect and freedom among religions, cultures and nations.
The Sri Madhavananda World Peace Council was established by His Holiness Swamiji in commemorative honour of his beloved master, His Holiness Dharmsamrat Paramhans Swami Madhavananda Ji. The aim of the Sri Madhavananda World Peace Council is to support international forums for dialogue between individuals, cultures and religions on the topics of peace, ethics, spirituality, education, health, youth and environmental sustainability.
The "Austria Hospital in India" project.
In the Pali district of Rajasthan, India, construction of a naturopathic and allopathic hospital began in September 2002. This will provide residential health care to neighbouring districts. Until the hospital is complete, the Jadan Ashram continues to provide a free mobile ambulance service to the surrounding rural area.
This is a grassroots project aimed at alleviating poverty and providing a reliable water supply to some of the most remote populations in rural Rajasthan who have been in the grips of severe drought for the last four years.
The project will utilise traditional Rainwater Harvesting techniques to provide a sustainable model to be used in drought affected areas throughout the world.
In 1990 His Holiness Vishwaguru Paramhans Swami Maheshwarananda laid the foundation stone of a monumental project, called the Om Vishwa Deep Gurukul, Swami Maheshwarananda Education & Research Centre (commonly referred to as the “Om Ashram”). Situated on 250 acres in the Jadan district of Rajasthan, India, this centre is being constructed in the shape of the ancient symbol OM. On its completion, the monument will be the largest man-made symbol of OM in the world…
The Shree Vishwa Deep Gurukul Senior Secondary Vidyalaya (Jadan School) is located in the state of Rajasthan northern India, in the district of Pali, nestled in the village of Jadan. The school is within the Om Vishwa Deep Gurukul, Swami Maheshwarananda Ashram Education & Research Centre - an international epicentre of learning based on the precepts of Yoga, and the largest Yoga in Daily Life ashram in India.
Yoga in Daily Life’s retreat property is located in a pristine environment on 640 acres just outside the rural township of Dungog, 3 hours drive/train north of Sydney. The property presently offers acres of undulating, native bush with an abundance of Australian flora and fauna at an elevation of 500m above sea level, with expansive 280 degree views.
On a daily basis, qualified Yoga in Daily Life instructors around the world volunteer their time and skills to individuals or various disadvantaged groups conducting classes in Yoga stretches, Relaxation, Meditation and Visualization, with the aim of providing an equal opportunity for all people in the wider-community so that they may enjoy the benefits of enhanced physical and mental health.
The desert region of Rajasthan is a harsh environment to live in and the current drought is particularly hard on cattle let free by villagers who can no longer afford to feed them. Within the Jadan Ashram a large animal refuge has been built, which provides humane veterinary care for over 300 old, homeless and sick animals.
The Jadan Ashram has a long term project of reforestation. To date approximately 200,000 trees have been planted in a bid to 'turn the desert green'. The Ashram's organic farm aims to be a model for the local area, as local farmers tend to use pesticides heavily.
The Jadan Ashram is host to residential education programs for women. Graduates of the program are able to act as the advisors within their local community on matters of child development, hygiene and on the education and development of girls up until their maturity.
Workers from the Jadan Ashram are uniquely placed to help with the distribution of relief aid to victims of flood in India. Using trucks from the Ashram plus local knowledge, they are able to quickly respond to crisis, which has been all too frequent in the early years of this millenium.