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October 2009
The Ancient Power of Sanskrit Mantra and Ceremony
Namaste Friends,
I first want to express immense gratitude for all the prayers and mantras that have been directed my way over the last few weeks.
The blessings I receive from God due to your kindness I will use to serve with the ways given to me.  You are all a treasure for this earth.

I have had my surgery, and I am recovering well.  My doctor said that the surgery was quite successful, and the nurses say that my recovery is quicker than most.  I will be taking time off until the end of November, when we are scheduled to be in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, for a workshop.

I pray God attend your every need and pour forth so much blessing that you will wonder how you have the capacity to receive it all.  Together, we will change the direction of prevailing energies on this planet.  Our earthly home and her inhabitants will receive more Divine energy because of what we can do though our combines efforts.  I have said it before and I say it again. I salute you
In Service with Prem,
Namadeva Acharya
Holy Deva!

In September, we were in Lansing, Michigan, for a workshop.  Lansing is where my paternal grandparents lived while I was growing up until we moved away when I was ten.  Flint, about an hour away, was where our family lived along with the other set of grandparents, so I spent a lot of time in Lansing and Flint.  I could viscerally relate to Michael Moore's first movie, "Roger and Me."  Flint, particularly, was turned into a city resembling a war zone during the 1980s.  Shuttered middle class houses and nearby neighborhood businesses were everywhere.  Because it was a state capital, Lansing wasn't hit as badly by the GM meltdown and transfer of jobs to Mexico and other countries, but things were definitely not great. Since the 1980s things have not gotten noticeably better.

So I was getting ready to lead the mantra meditation on Friday evening when I became aware somehow that there was a Deva that is responsible for certain energy manifestations for the entire state of Michigan.  All life in Michigan falls under its purview: plants, animals, humans, everything, and it was struggling.

Deva life is different from human life in that it operates in a continuum of consciousness.  Devas are intelligent but not sentient. That is, they are not self-aware in the sense that you and I are, but the higher levels of Devas ARE sentient. They are aware of themselves in a similar sense to the way we are, but their intelligence and sentience is different from ours.  It is not a human sentience but sentience nevertheless.  There are Devas that preside over the animal kingdom, and Devas that preside over the plants. We each have a Deva that is responsible for our health.

As I sat there I became aware of the Deva for the state, struggling with the garbage we humans have created.  These are energy-based beings, and they experience all the mental and emotional highs and lows we create. They are stuck with the suffering we create, with the agony we create for fellow humans.  They experience the selfishness and greed that creates these conditions, but it is not their job to oppose us.  They just go about doing their jobs of attempting to optimize the energy patters for all life that falls into their domain.  They experience and bear everything.

I experienced the Michigan Deva as permeated by a dark energy, masking its purplish nature.  Then, somehow, I realized that we could help.  We could chant a mantra that would help the real energy nature of the Deva to prevail.  The mantra that came to me was the Ganesha Mantra Om Vighna Nashanaya Namaha.  I suggested this spontaneous practice to the group in Lansing, and they enthusiastically agreed, so the group of 27 of us chanted this mantra for the Deva of the State of Michigan.  I felt good about it, but nothing special occurred to me after the practice except to see the Deva's light clear.  Later, Rose Rogers came to me and said that while we were chanting, she saw a scene of a structure that was overgrown with aggressive vines.  As we chanted, the vines retreated giving the structure some breathing room.  This convinced me that we were positively affecting the situation in Michigan.  I also came to know that there is a Deva who is responsible for the whole of the U.S.  Each country has its own Deva and also Devas for each unit within the country (city, county, state/province, etc.)

A few days later we were in Chicago visiting the home of Astrologer Barbara Shermer.  The small group of us there was receptive when I suggested we do the same Ganesha mantra for the State of Illinois.  They enthusiastically agreed.  As we completed the practice, I felt a tap on my third eye and heard a silent, "Thank you" inside, which I relayed to the group.

The next week, I was in Quincy, Massachusetts, where I proposed the practice again.  As we started the practice, I "saw" the Deva over the state communicate with the other Devas.  The idea was something like, "They are doing it again."  Then the Deva for Massachusetts managed an energy link up with Illinois and Michigan, and they began to share the energy coming from our chanting with the Devas in the other remaining states. They were sharing the energy. 

I couldn't help but think that humans could follow their example.  If we followed their lead, we would not have hunger or homelessness or any of the other problems caused by callousness and selfishness.  They showed mutual compassion in action.  Clearly, Devas  do not need a Dalai Lama to tell them about compassion.  I think they understand that idea already.

Om Vighna Nashanaya Namaha
This Ganesha mantra will remove every impediment to your life and works.  All obstacles and blocks are released.

Let us all help the Devas for our state and country by chanting a mala of this short mantra daily, holding the Devas in our intention while chanting.
Certified Priests and Pujari

Maheshwara and Sri Savitri Devi, Sanatana Dharma
Satsang Certified Priests, are available for pujas and fire
ceremonies in absentia.  Please click here for further details:  Pujas in absentia.

Mahavir has been certified by Sanatana Dharma Satsang as a Pujari for 7 years.  He is available to do puja in Brooklyn or at your location in New York City area on a donation basis.  He can be reached at

The works of Thomas Ashley-Farrand (Namadeva Acharya) 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, we 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.
We 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
In This Issue
Holy Deva!
Mantra of the Month
Certified Priests & Pujari
CDs of Ancient Power Volumes
Video Quick Links
Visit with SatGuru Mata at Vishwa Shanti Ashram and Pujas
India Video
India Video HD
The Ancient Power of Sanskrit Mantra and Ceremony
Piercing the Knots-Granthis CD
- A Mantra
& Visualization Meditation to release the Kundalini
Mantra Therapy for Prosperity CD - Help with blocks to prosperity and mantras to bring it in

Ancient Power of Sanskrit Mantra and Ceremony, Volume I & II CDs now recorded and available

Mantra, Path to Spiritual & Material Attainment - a 15-hour workshop on 14 CDs
Rama & Sita Workshop, Co-Starring Hanuman - approx. 15 CDs.
Quick Links
Online Store
Preview of Ganesha Puja from DVD
2009 Schedule of Workshops

We will be doing workshops in the following places:
November - CANADA: Waterloo, Ontario
December - Austin, TX

January - Los Angeles, CA; Puerto Rico

April - London, England

June - CANADA: British Columbia - 2 worshops

2009 information:



Portland, OR
Gayatri Temple
Gayatri Temple Meetup

Ashland, OR
Monthly Puja and Chanting
Contact Sri Savitri Devi, Certified Priest, at

Cochrane, Alberta, Canada  Contact

Los Angeles, CA
Jyoti Atma Chanting Group, Contact Jagadamba,  Certified Mantra Instructor, at

Chicago, IL
Contact Mary Huddleston, Certified Mantra Instructor, at

St. Louis, MO
Contact Nita Turnage and Craig Hamby,
Certified Mantra Instructors, at

Western  MA
Contact Bill Barry, Certified Mantra Instructor, at

New Hampshire
Contact Don Campbell and Chris Walsh, Certified Mantra Instructors, at
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The Ancient Power of Sanskrit Mantra and Ceremony
 The Ancient Power of Sanskrit Mantra and Ceremony, 2nd. Ed., is now being revised to simplify pronunciation.
As promised some time ago, material to be chanted is being recorded by Namadeva
to be sold in CD sets of 7 or more CDs.
Volume I and Volume II 7-CD sets are now for sale at our online store for $65 each.
Volume III, which will be more than 7 CDs, will be ready in late 2009.