The rest of May will be devoted to making the recordings I have been planning for ages. June 13-15, we will do a Ganesha Puja and workshop, Myths & Mantras of Ganesha, in London, England, and June 17-29, Mantra: A Path to Spiritual Evolution and Abundance in Atlanta, Georgia.
What Is A Guru?
A true guru has spiritual gifts to give, and they give them -
sometimes lavishly - to students, disciples and complete strangers. A
true guru will know the appropriateness of the gift and can "see" how
it will be applied. That's not to say that all possible outcomes from
application of the gift are known. Although a sadguru has this
ability, the true guru does not. Still a clear direction is apparent
to the guru which points strongly to how the gift will be employed. This is how the appropriateness of the gift is determined. Sometimes a
new color, signifying a new gift, is added to the aura. Orange, for
instance, might be given, and with it a definite body of knowledge.
Suddenly, many things become clear for no apparent reason. This new
knowledge ends up changing everything about the life of the person who
receives it. Old relationships may end and new ones begin. New goals
and ways of reaching them appear in the mind. All from one new
color/gift. All the while, increasing the ability of the
ego-mind-personality to eventually merge with the soul or self is the
A true guru can change the direction of the life-paths of those he/she
meets with relative ease. A word, a glance, a thought can change the
course of a life as easily as one switches the path of a train from
one track to another by pulling a lever. The self of the individual is
accessed, and a new set of instructions or a new instruction is issued
that changes the conditions one will meet in life. Or the true guru
may make a tiny change in the set of foundation assumptions (or
knowledge) the ego-mind-personality uses to make decisions. Often only
one tiny change can completely alter the nature of the decision-making
process. If one has a near-death experience and survives, for
instance, the fear of death is usually completely eradicated. The
elimination of fear from the ongoing decision-making process affects
A true guru is compassionate. S/he has usually "been there." The
experiences of many lives have been integrated so that probable
choices and decisions resulting from certain circumstances are clearly
seen. Understanding not only mentally but almost viscerally what a
particular aspirant is going through, the true guru may search
intensely for an acceptable way to help deserving ones whose karma may
mitigate strongly against such help. Compassion is active, not
A true guru knows his/her limits, the limits of how they can help or
how they can speed things along. The boundaries are always in sight
and usually observed.
May Mantra of the Month
HUNG VAJRA PEH
The Protector Of Dharma And Great Initiator, who is often seen at the entrance of a temple, holding a vajra (thunderbolt) to keep out negative entities.
This is the Tibetan version of the Sanskrit, Hum Vajra Phat (Fat).
This mantra is very powerful in clearing space of negativity, whether that negative energy is within us or in a room in our house or at work.
Mantra: Hung Vajra Peh (Phat)
of the meaning is, "Invoking the word (object of power) and putting it
forth with force from the throat chakra, I destroy negativity."
"Hung" is the Sanskrit word "hum," spoken in the back of
the mouth with lips parted. This pronunciation is most common in
Northern India, Nepal and Tibet. "Vajra" means object of power/thunderbolt. "Peh"
is a peculiarly Tibetan and Chinese pronunciation form of the Sanskrit
In His beatific form, his energy is said to empower initiators giving
The Ancient Power of Sanskrit Mantra and Ceremony Recordings
The Ancient Power of Sanskirt Mantra and Ceremony, 2nd. Ed., is now being revised to simplify pronunciation.
As promised some time ago, Namadeva is recording all of the volumes to be sold in CD sets of 10 or more CDs.
Volume I will be for sale at our online store at the end of June. Volume II will be ready in August 2008, and Volume III shortly thereafter.
The works of Thomas Ashley-Farrand (Namadeva) give unprecedented, detailed instruction in how to empower yourself using the techniques of the ancient sages and rishis. He and Satyabhama have been given the mission by their Gurus Sadguru Sant Keshavadas and Guru Rama Mata to bring these teachings to everyone.
To that end, he has written and recorded a number of works, and he travels to North America and the UK to teach workshops. Bi-annually they lead a Pilgrimage Tour of India's Holy Places, visiting with the Shankaracharayas at Kanchi Math, Guru Mata at Vishwa Shanti Ashram, and doing fire ceremonies in the Himalayas, among the highlights of the trip.
They have founded a religious organization, Sanatana Dharma Satsang, which has opened a Gayatri Temple in Beaverton, Oregon. Plans are in the works to found temples with residential communities in Oregon, New Mexico, and other locations. The link to it is in the right column.
These works are offered in a spirit of service. We sincerely hope that they will further you on your path.
Prem & Shanti,
Satyabhama (Margalo Ashley-Farrand)
Saraswati Publications, LLC
2008 Schedule of Workshops
We will be doing workshops in the following places in 2008:
June - London, England; Atlanta, GA
July - Portland, OR; Indralaya on Orcas Island, WA
August - Seattle, WA; CA: Far Horizons Camp, Sierra Mountains (near Fresno)
September - Charleston, SC, and Kripalu, MA
October - IL: Arlington Hts, Highland Park, Chicago; CA: Los Angeles, and CANADA: BC, Calgary (10/31)
November - CANADA: Calgary, Red Deer.
December - Bangalore, India
India Pilgrimage - May 2009
Please see our schedule for details and updates: