For the third time in the past four years Radhanath Swami took part in the annual International Yoga Festival in Rishikesh, this year from the 1st through the 3rd March. The week-long event attracted more than 1000 students from 55 countries. It was organized by Paramarth Niketan Ashram, the largest ashram in Rishikesh and one of the largest spiritual institutions in India. Pujya Swami Chidananda Saraswati is the president of the ashram.
An international group of forty-seven teachers participated including yoga teachers Gurumukh Kaur Khalsa, Laura Plumb, Jules Febre, spiritual teacher Mooji, bestselling author Janet Attwood, environmentalist Dr. Vandana Shiva and nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar.
A special highlight of this year’s festival was the Spiritual Discourses Series held on the bank of the Ganges at 11 a.m. each morning. Director of festival Sadhvi Bhagavati Saraswati explained, “These spiritual discourses make this festival unique, special and precious. Here we get to hear from revered and enlightened masters. No other event runs parallel to this event, to ensure everyone gets to participate in these discourses. Throughout the day we learn different aspects of yoga, but here we learn of the highest aspect.” Radhanath Swami was twice featured in the Spiritual Discourses Series and spoke on the topics ‘Equanimity Amidst Turbulence’ and ‘Yoga of Love’. He gave a third talk on ‘Qualities of a True Yogi’ on one of the evenings. At the end of the discourse he led the participants in the kirtan of the holy names, as everyone danced in ecstasy.