Namaste, Divine Brothers and Sisters,
This is a time which seems to be bringing many changes to people's lives. Some of them are challenging, some are heart-breaking and some are uplifting. The Gayatri Mantra practice will bring you the protection and strength to be like the lantern in the wind of these changes, ever guarding the flame of the Divine within.
For every question on how he got his spiritual abilities, Namadeva Acharya always answered that his intensive practice of the Gayatri Mantra was the cause of his achievements.
Prem & Shanti,
The highest liberation mantra is the Gayatri Mantra.
While chanting it, we ask for the enlightenment of our intellect at a level that brings complete Enlightenment. It is also a sun mantra, bringing the highest vibrations from the Great Central Sun through each one of our 7 Major Chakras. It is the single most powerful mantra for enlightenment. The Gayatri can even protect against negative influences of the Nine Planets. It establishes a relationship between the practitioner and the sun. It charges the mind in tangible and esoteric ways. It contains 24 formulas and holds 24 keys to creation and energy.
How results are produced by the Gayatri Mantra: It produces
1. Activation of the centers of power in the chakras and the brain;
2. Our glands and chakras respond to spiritual sound;
3. Our spiritual perceptions increase, and our power to travel to other higher lokas (dimensions) increases over time;
4. The connection to the vital force of the sun is increased in us;
5. The colors of the spectrum begin to come
into alignment within, laying the ground work for balanced development through all chakras and their corresponding vibrations;
6. The mind becomes infused with solar spiritual energy.
The human body can be compared to a sitar with 24 strings. Gayatri activates the nerve ganglia and nadis, activating the power that yields the proper type of knowledge. Repetition of the mantra produces notes which mingle with the vibrations already existing in nature or Prakriti. This aligns us with the forces of nature, both subtle and gross. Gayatri sadhana transforms the physical, as well as the etheric.
Here is the long form of the mantra:
Om Tat Savitur Varen'yam
Bhargo Devasys Dhi'mahi
Dhiyo Yonaha Pracho'dayat
Here is a loose translation of each line above:
Om and Salutations to the Earth Plane (1st Chakra)
Om and Salutations to the Atmospheric Plane (2nd Chakra)
Om and Salutations to the Solar Region (3rd Chakra)
Om and Salutations to the First Spiritual Region Beyond
the Sun (4th Chakra)
Om and Salutations to the Second Spiritual Region Beyond the Sun (5th Chakra)
Om and Salutations to the Third Spiritual Region Beyond the Sun, the Sphere of the Progenitors (6th Chakra)
Om and Salutations to the Abode of Supreme Truth (7th Chakra)
Om and Salutations to that realm which is beyond human comprehension
In that place where all the Celestials of all the regions/lokas have received enlightenment, kindly enlighten our intellect.
In Gayatri, The Highest Meditation, Satguru Sant Keshavadas says, "Supreme pure consciousness is Parabraman, the impersonal, formless Godhead. This transcendental consciousness as Power is Mother. She is known as Gayatri. She is the primal cause of everything that was, that is, and that will be."
Gayatri is Vedamata, the Mother of the Vedas (the source of Divine Wisdom.)
Gayatri invokes Savitur, the masculine principle of the Sun. She is Adi Parashakti, a combination of Lakshmi, Parvati/Durga, and Saraswati. She is the ultimate source of power. She is called the Mother of Gods and supreme power of all the gods. She is infinitely more powerful than Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara/Shiva, combined or separate. She manifests all of the phenomenal aspects of ParaBrahman.
Adi Shankaracharya said, "It is beyond human competence to describe the glory of Gayatri. Gayatri is the primordial mantra that destroys sins and promotes wisdom, and nothing in the world is more important than wisdom. The Gayatri Mantra has specifically manifested so as to destroy falsehood and establish truth."
By chanting this mantra, Divine spiritual light and power are infused in each of the seven major chakras, connecting them to the Spiritual Realms. The last part of the mantra infuses our minds, hearts and souls with the power of the spiritual light that created the Universe.
Mantra of the month:
Om Tat Savitur Varen'yam
Bhargo Devasys Dhi'mahi
Dhiyo Yonaha Pracho'dayat
I invoke the Earth Plane, the Astral Plane, the Celestial Plane, the Plane of Spiritual Balance, the Plane of Human Spiritual Knowledge, the Plane of Spiritual Austerities, the Plane of Ultimate Truth. O Great Spiritual Light which is the brilliance of all divinity, I meditate upon You. Please illumine my mind.
Mantras for Healing the Earth
For immediate assistance.
Om Vighna Nashanaya Namaha
To relieve energy blockages especially for the Devas that work with the energies of the various species: wind, water, plant, bird, mammal, fish and human.
Om Ucchista Ganapatayei Namaha
To destroy negativity
Om Vakratundaya Hum
To correct something that is not working properly.
Om Dhumra Ketuve Namaha
To bring difficult circumstances under an umbrella of peace.
Om Gana Dhyakshaya Namaha
To bring healing to a group. In this case, the people harmed by the earthquakes and tsunami.
Om Kshipra Prasadaya Namaha
We offer a number of pujas and fire ceremonies which may be done on your behalf for various purposes. You will find a list of them here:
If you wish to have a puja performed for you, purchase it online, and one of the priests will contact you to make arrangements with you as to which puja or fire ceremony/yajna you want and when.
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Sanatana Dharma Satsang Certified Priests, are available for pujas and fire ceremonies in absentia. Please click here for further details: Pujas in absentia.
Bharata/Bill Barry, a Certified Priest who lives in Massachusetts, is available for pujas and yajnas in his area. Please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rajeshwari/Gretchen Carmel is a Certified Priest, living in Keene, NH. She is available for pujas and yajnas in her area. Please contact her at TheYogaSpace@gmail.com
Mahavir has been certified by Sanatana Dharma Satsang as a Pujari for 9 years. He is available to do pujas or yajnas in Brooklyn or at your location in the New York City area on a donation basis. He can be reached at email@example.com
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The works of Thomas Ashley-Farrand (Namadeva Acharya) (1940-2010) 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 (d. 1997) and Satguru Rama Mata to bring these teachings to everyone.
To that end, he wrote and recorded a number of works. He also traveled to North America and the UK to teach workshops, which Satyabhama is now continuing.
Bi-annually, we lead a Pilgrimage Tour of India's Holy Places, visiting with the Shankaracharayas at Kanchi Math, Vishwa Shanti Ashram (our gurus ashram), and doing fire ceremonies in the Himalayas, among the highlights of the trip.
We have founded a religious organization, Sanatana Dharma Satsang, (a 501(c)3 nonprofit) which has opened a Gayatri Temple in Beaverton, Oregon. The link to it is in the right column.
Our new place in Albuquerque, NM, will be the location of the 2012 Summer Retreat. We hope to expand to the East Coast and other locations.
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
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Piercing the Knots-Granthis CD - A Mantra & Visualization Meditation
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2012-13 Schedule of Workshops
March 2012 - Beaverton, OR; Tampa, FL; Keene, NH
April 2012 - New York, NY; London, UK, with Satguru Rama Mata; Boston, MA SUMMER RETREAT - Albuquerque, NM
July 31-August 5
September - Niagara Falls, Canada; MO -Kansas City and St. Louis
October - Chicago, IL
November - Austin, TX
December - Tampa, FL
Other workshops are in the process of finalizing their dates.
May 2013: India Pilgrimage - emphasis on Goddess temples
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June 8 - Puja TBA
July 6-9 - Satguru Rama Mata
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