Namaste, Divine Brothers and Sisters,
Tomorrow's Full Moon in Capricorn/Cancer sun is celebrated in India as Guru Purnima and Vyasa Purnima. Sage Vyasa is famous for writing the entire Mahabharata by giving dictation to Ganesha, who did the writing after he had understood all the levels of meaning within it. On the 2005 India Pilgrimage Tour Namadeva Acharya and I led, we went to the temple at Bhadrinath and visited the nearby cave of Veda Vyasa. The energy there was wonderful, and the priest and others there were happy to hear us chant with them. We were really tired and planning to leave immediately, so we missed going to Ganesha's cave near Vyasa's. I really regret missing that.
Belated Happy Fathers Day to all who have chosen to father children, whether our own or others', and those whose fathering is to the whole world.
As you know, the three new Mantra Therapies are ready for sale. However, due to the continuing problem with our store server, we do not have them on the website. You may purchase them through PayPal with your credit card using the link to the earlier announcement, which is in the right column.
I'm looking forward to our Summer Retreat, starting 7/31. The update on it will go out Wednesday. Hope to see you there!
Prem & Shanti,
Annually, at the full moon in Cancer/Capricorn Hindus around the world celebrate the Guru. For those who have a beloved guru, it is a time to propitiate and thank your guru with a puja and/or chanting mantra. Here at the Gayatri Temple, we are grateful that Satguru Rama Mata will be arriving 7/4 for her weekend programs with us.
You may know, as Namadeva Acharya and other gurus have taught, that the guru is a principle not a person and is called the upaguru in Sanskrit. As he said in "The Ancient Power of Sanskrit Mantra and Ceremony, Vol. I": It is true that this principle may operate through flesh and blood people of high spiritual attainment. . . . The true guru is a principle that resides in your own heart and will lead you, as and when you are ready, on your spiritual journey of many winding paths." He also taught that "there is a small chakra, the guru chakra, located on the underside of the Sahasrara Chakra at the crown of the head." This small chakra will act in concert with the Crown Chakra to send energy down the spine until, in one lifetime or another, it reaches the base of the spine, and we become seekers. It is also possible for an advanced guru to activate the guru chakra to speed things up for both individuals and groups.
"Some rare people throughout history evolve to a state where they can become True Gurus. The nature of our ego is such that during its development, the mind can take it in a direction where it is able to contain and use increasing amounts of the energy coming down from the Guru Chakra. Some such beings come to embody the energy and the guru principle," becoming gurus in the flesh. Guru, which means dispeller of darkness, is a job. There are others who may have high attainment but then choose to spend a solitary life in meditation. While the Earth and humanity benefit from their spiritual work, they do not work with individuals and teach. The guru's job is to lead the struggling souls, by their own best optimum path, to the divine goal of liberation. The True Guru will be in tune with all kinds of people on every spiritual level and be able to guide them on their paths.
Jupiter is the Guru planet. As Certified Mantra Instructor and intuitive astrologer, Jill Jardine writes in her newsletter that "Jupiter went into Gemini on June 11th, shining light on new potentials for the coming year, and releasing the heaviness of Jupiter in Taurus which seemed to emphasize lack in the past year." To increase the benefit from this transition, chant the last mantra in the Mantras of the Month. Jupiter is a planet of expansion and will help us in our spiritual and material pursuits.
Mantras of the month:
Om Gum Gurubhyo Namaha The seed sound Gum is used to remove any barriers to the operation of the upaguru within.
Guru Brahma Guru Vishnu Guru Devo Maheshwaraha Guru Sakshat Param'Brahma
Tasmai Sri Guruvae Namaha
Honors the Guru and seeks to propitiate that energy within.
Om Dram Om Guru Dattaya Namaha
Basic mantra of Dattatreya, the first guru to manifest a physical body.
Om Gram Grim Graum Sau Guravae Namaha
Mantra for the guru planet Jupiter.
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.
Certified Priests and Pujaris
Sri Savitri Devi and Maheshwara, 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 10+ 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
Parvati/Pat Murphy J has been certified by Sanatana Dharma Satsang as a Pujari. She is available for pujas and yajnas in Los Angeles area. Please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Shivani/Silvia Sune has been certified by Sanatana Dharma Satsangas a Pujari. She is available for pujas and yajnas in the Boston Area. She also travels frequently to the Miami/Hollywood, FL area. Please contact her at email@example.com
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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Ancient Power of Sanskrit Mantra and Ceremony, Volumes I, II & III CD-sets now available separately or bundled with or without the books.
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Mantra Therapy Healing Intensives 1,2
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Mantra Therapy for Prosperity CD
- Help with karmic blocks to prosperity and mantras to bring it in.
Mantra Therapy for Restoration of Dharma & Peace
Piercing the Knots-Granthis CD - A Mantra & Visualization Meditation
to gently release the Kundalini from its home at the base chakra, through the knots and to the crown chakra, then back again.
Gayatri Mantra Meditation -2CDs with the long and short versions of the mantra, an intensive Gayatri Discipline and 1000 Names & Powers of Gayatri on Disk 2.
Adventures of Sita & Rama, Co-Starring Hanuman, a version of the Ramanaya with mantra intensives, including the Bala Ati Bala mantra - 16 CDs
Mantra, Path to Spiritual and Material Attainment
- a 15-hour workshop on 14 CDs. This is a comprehensive overview of Eastern and esoteric cosmology and spirituality with mantra intensive practice.
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2012-13 Schedule of Workshops
Satyabhama will be doing workshops in the following places: 2012 information: http://sanskritmantra.com/schedule.shtmlMay - Calgary, AL, Canada SUMMER RETREAT - Albuquerque, NM
July 31-August 5
September - Niagara Falls, Canada; MO -Kansas City and St. Louis; 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
Events at the Gayatri Temple
July 6-9 - Satguru Rama Mata, Lalita Yajna
August 18 - Shiva Triambakam Yajna
September 1 - Sudarshana Chakra Yajna
October 1. - Namadeva Acharya's Second Mahasamadhi Celebratin
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