This has been a very busy summer. In early July, Satguru Rama Mata visited the Gayatri Temple in Beaverton, OR, blessing us as only she can. The Fire Ceremony there was Lalitha, and Mother chanted the 1000 Names of Lalita, which was a huge blessing for all in attendance. She will also be giving satsangs at the Summer Retreat, July 31-August 5th. On August 1, Mother will be chanting the 1000 Names of Lakshmi for the Full Moon yajna in the yard of the new place in Albuquerque, NM. She will inaugurate the workshop building there, Bhakti Yoga House, during the retreat.
On August 5th, we will do a Planetary Fire Ceremony/Navagraha Yajna.
Invitation to join the Mantra Teacher Community: Lately, there have been more people joining the Teacher of Mantra program, which is a self-study course. It includes membership in a closed Yahoo Group, which is a lively discussion board between students and Certified Mantra Instructors. When certified after passing the exam, the Mantra Instructor is ordained in Sanatana Dharma Satsang, a nonprofit religious corporation, and has all the legal protections of any ordained minister. Testing is being done by me and Certified Mantra Instructors. We will do testing in other countries via Skype or other services. Please check out the program via the link in the column to the right.
Many thanks to all of you from whom I receive so much support during the workshops and from your prayers and chanting, especially for my Leo birthday.
Krishna, the 8th Avatar, & Panduranga, the 10th Avatar, the One to Come
Krishna was born about 10,000 years ago in the Dvarpara Yuga as the "dark one." Lord Krishna is the embodiment of love and divine joy, that destroys all pain and sin. He is the protector of sacred utterances and cows. Krishna is an instigator of all forms of knowledge and born to establish the religion of love.
Krishna was born as the 8th child of Devaki, sister of the cruel demon king Kamsa. Sage Narada had predicted that Kamsa would be killed by his nephew, so the king killed Devaki´s first six children. The 7th, Balarama, escaped and the 8th, Krishna, was secretly exchanged for a cowherd's daughter, who was really Durga. When Kamsa tried to kill her, she revealed her true form and told him he would be killed before long by Krishna.
Krishna was brought up in a cowherder family and loved to play the flute to entertain the other cowherders (gopas,) the milkmaids (gopis,) and the cows. As a child, Krishna had great love for his foster-mother Yashoda, and their relationship stands as a great example for the love between a mother and her child.
Krishna and Bhakti in the Mahabharata
After Krishna killed Kamsa, he became king. He married Rukmini, who became his first queen. He had 6 other wives, and after Rukmini died, he married Satyabhama.
In the great Mahabharata epic, Krishna spoke memorable words on the essence of Bhakti Yoga or the yoga of pure spiritual devotion. During the battle of Kurukshetra, Lord Krishna revealed to Arjuna the essence of Bhakti Yoga, of love for God. This revelation is found in the famous Hindu scripture called the Bhagavad Gita.
Krishna exacts a promise from Uddhava.
Uddhava was Krishna's cousin-brother, that is they were cousins, and Krishna was raised by Uddhava's mother, Yashoda. Towards the end of his life, he told Uddhava and others that he had to leave the body, because the energy of the coming Kali Yuga was too dense for him to be able to maintain a body. Uddhava and others were astonished and cried out, "Adharma will predominate during Kali Yuga. That is the time we will need you the most." Krishna asked the group, "Since I cannot manifest a body, who will come for me to bless the people." Uddhava volunteered to incarnate as an amsha avatar (partial avatar,) which he does regularly, so he is always here to uphold the dharma.
Krishna's Janmasthami (birthday) is celebrated annually in August. This year it will be August 10, 11th in the US. Statues of Krishna are placed in wooden chariots and paraded around each temple. There are pujas and other ceremonies all over India and wherever Krishna is worshipped.
Panduranga and Rukmini at their temple in Pandarpur
The central shrines hold the murthis of Panduranga and Rukmini, which are about 42 inches tall. Next to them is a shrine for Satyabhama, whom many believe was the re-incarnation of Rukmini, which I do not believe. The first murthi to self-manifest was Rukmini.
One of the stories about that manifestation is that she was upset with Krishna's constant dalliances with the gopis and went to the forest near Dwaraka, turning herself into the statue in austerity. Immediately understanding both her act and its meaning, Krishna went and joined her.
After some time, Krishna noticed the sincere devotion with which Pundalika served God through his parents. He came to stand outside Pundalika's hut, and told Pundalika he was pleased at his devotion. Pundalika was busy taking care of his parents, so he said, "Whoever you are, you will have to wait." This pleased Krishna even more, and he spoke again, "Ask any boon you like, and it shall be fulfilled."
After thinking for a moment, Pundalika found a brick and placed it on the ground near his hut. Then he prayed to God to stand on the brick and bless humanity forever with his darshan (ecstatic vision.) Bound by the cords of Pundalika's love, Krishna placed his energy in the murthi for worship in Kali Yuga. Then Rukmini came and joined him.
Both statues have their hands at the waist and elbows out (akimbo), which symbolizes the justice they will bring.
These black stone murthis of Krishna and Rukmini are spiritually charged and radiate that divine energy out to the world at all times. Another statue that does the same is the Vijaya Vittala statue, standing over 35 feet tall and radiating that divine energy of the avatar to come to everyone from Vishwa Shanti Ashram, founded by Satgurus Sant Keshavadas and Rama Mata, just outside Bangalore.
In May 2012, we will be taking the 24-day India Pilgrimage again, landing in Chennai, visiting the Shankaracharyas in Chennai, and then going to Bangalore to Vishwa Shanti Ashram. The tour will emphasize visits to several temples to Divine Mother in different forms, and we will also go through Delhi to the Himayayas to visit various ashrams, do fire ceremonies and visit Yogananda's Babaji's Cave. The itinerary is posted on sanskritmantra.com and when the new website is put up, it will have many more photos of past trips. Hope you will join us!
Mantras of the month:
For order and proper rhythm to all of life's activities by the grace of Sri Krishna:
Krishna Krishna Maha Yogin
Bhakta Nama Bhayam'kara
Sarva Me Vasha'mana'ya
Salutations to Krishna, King of the Yogis! I am your devotee. Make me fearless and let those things that concern me come under my control.
Om Radha Krishnaya Namaha
Invoking the bliss of the Divine
Panduranga Hari Jai Jai Rama Krishna Hari
Victory to the love and light that is Panduranga Hari, who took incarnation as Sri Rama and Sri Krishna.
Om Vijaya Vittalaya Namaha
Victory to the form of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, known as Panduranga Vittala, who comes in the form of the Kalki Avatar (the 10th and final avatar.)
Mantras for Healing the Earth
Om Vighna Nashanaya Namaha
For immediate assistance.
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:
Certified Priests and Pujaris:
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.
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 email@example.com
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/Marc Bennett has been certified by Sanatana Dharma Satsang as a Pujari since 2001. He was initiated by Sadguru Sant Keshavadas at age 15. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Parvati/Pat Murphy J, a Certified Pujari, is available for pujas and yajnas in Los Angeles area. Please contact her at email@example.com
|Guru Namadeva Acharya|
The works of Thomas Ashley-Farrand (Guru Namadeva Acharya) give unprecedented, detailed instruction in how to empower yourself using the techniques of the ancient sages and rishis. He and Satyabhama were given the mission by their Gurus Sadguru Sant Keshavadas and 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.
In May 2013, Satyabhama will 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. This trip will focus on Goddess Temples.
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
Video Quick Links
Visit with SatGuru Mata at Vishwa Shanti Ashram and Pujas
India Video HD
Teacher of Mantra Program
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is the equivalent of a college level course in mantra. This course has two objectives: (1) A comprehensive course for those interested in the subject, and, (2) A course that would prepare one to become a teacher of mantra, teaching methods for solving problems that we encounter in life. The Teacher of Mantra Program is designed to meet both of those objectives.
Mantra Therapy for Overeating
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Mantra Therapy for Undereating, Anorexia, Bulimia
TO ORDER THE FOLLOWING ITEMS, GO TO WWW.SANSKRITMANTRA.COM
Ganesha's Abode of Bliss - Guided Meditation (CD)
Ancient Power of Sanskrit Mantra and Ceremony, Volumes I, II & III CD-sets now available separately or bundled with or without the books.
True Stories of Spiritual Power on Amazon Kindle to download to iPod, iPhone, iPad, or your computer.
Dr. Wright's Clean Out Technique - guided pranayama for healing and releasing negativity
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.
Mantra Therapy for Prosperity CD- Help with karmic blocks to prosperity and mantras to bring it in.
Other Mantra Therapy CDs in the series:
Healing Intensives 1,2;
Restoration of Dharma & Peace
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. Click on its name for a complete description.
Rama & Sita Workshop, Co-Starring Hanuman - The Ramayana, amusingly taught by Namadeva Acharya, with many esoteric mantras. 16 CDs
Vital Yoga, A Sourcebook for Students & Teachers, by Meta Chaya Herschl - This is a full-color yoga book like no other on the market. Meta Hirschl opens the door to the full vision of yoga with graphics, photographs, and personal stories. Only 10 left.
2011 Schedule of Workshops
Satyabhama will be teaching Namadeva Acharya's workshops in the following places:
2012 information: http://sanskritmantra.com/schedule.shtml
September - Canada: Niagara Falls, ON; MO: Kansas City, St. Louis; Chicago, IL.
October - FL: Tampa & Miami organizing
November - Austin, TX
May 2013: India Pilgrimage - emphasis on Goddess temples
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Events at the Gayatri Temple
August 18 - 11:30 am
Shiva Mahamritunjaya Yajna
Sept. 1 - (Sat) 12 pm
Sudarshana Chakra Yajna
Oct. 1 - Namadeva Acharya's Second Mahasamadhi Celebration - Guru Puja
Dec. 21 - 7 pm
Winter Solstice Planetary Puja
Dec. 31 - 7:30 pm
New Year's Eve Gayatri Celebration
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Cochrane, Alberta, Canada
Los Angeles, CAAtma Jyoti Chanting Group, Contact Jagadamba, Certified Mantra Instructor: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chicago, IL - 2 Groups
Contact Mary Huddleston, Certified Mantra Instructor, at email@example.com
Contact Lalitha/Deanne Lozano atSt. Louis, MO
Contact Nita Turnage,
Certified Mantra Instructor, at firstname.lastname@example.org Western MA Contact Rev. Bharata/Bill Barry, Certified Priest, at email@example.comNew Hampshire
Keene: Contact Rajeshwari, Certified Priest at TheYoga Space@gmail.com
Moultonborough: Contact Don Campbell and Chris Walsh, Certified Mantra Instructors: firstname.lastname@example.org