Namaste, Divine Brothers and Sisters,
Happy Valentine's Day!
The energy of 2013 feels so much better than last year. Jupiter in Taurus will help us all with prosperity. The Esoteric Prosperity Puja last Sunday was very powerful, and all those who participated in person or in absentia received great blessings.
I am looking forward to the kickoff of my new year of workshops in Miami at the end of the month. It will be the first time I have given any workshop there, so a new venue is a real blessing.
Today, I am starting a new project of videos of mantras for YouTube. I will be doing one for each planet and also for the 12 sun mantras. Look for them on YouTube and then sanskritmantra.com in March.
Prem & Shanti,
|Divine Love"Prema is supreme divine love. Prem is God. God is love; love is prem." Sadguru Sant Keshavadas
We all yearn for love. Humans are wired to need companionship, which was the way of life from the hunter-gatherer days through most of our history living in small villages. When we get to the modern era of cities, we begin to be isolated from each other among so many strangers. Many of us have also moved to new cities for work and left our friends and family behind.
From the days of chivalry, we have developed the idea of romantic love, the yearning for a mate to complete us. In reality, nobody can complete another person. That yearning for completion by a spouse is a confused yearning of the soul for the Divine Self.
We must find ways to be emotionally healthy and whole to find a mate who is also emotionally healthy and whole in order to form a successful partnership. One way to become more healthy and whole is the use of mantra, pranayama, kriya, and hatha yoga, and other meditation techniques to heal ourselves not only of a difficult childhood but of past-life wounds. The chanting of divine sound ameliorates karma. The other techniques help to release the karma dug up by the vibrations of the mantras.
Loneliness is healed by two paths. One's daily spiritual practice will peel back the maya so that we can perceive God as the always loving presence of Ganesha, Rama, Krishna, Lakshmi, Durga, or the boundless All, Brahman, according to our soul's leanings for God with form or without (or both.)
Given how we are wired, we need human companionship and can find it by joining groups of like-minded folks in areas of our own interest. One of the best ways to do that is through chanting groups and other forms of satsang, spiritual discussion. Those who choose seva (service to God by serving others) also meet their own needs for the company of others. The balance of seeking friends and companions and seeking God through meditation and the ritual of puja can bring us considerable happiness or general contentment and may also help us find a mate.
Those who already have a mate will improve their relationship through chanting together. Namadeva and I found that there was an amazing joining together at the soul level by doing puja together over the years.
Also, prayer for one's mate and other family members, including estranged ones, brings healing. Effective prayer is not just a mental request to God but a joining of head and heart to both request and co-create a better vision for self and others.
In relationships, the practice of seva to a friend or mate, seeking their welfare, also brings a response of loving kindness from that person. If there is no positive response after some time, it may be time to bless that person and move on.
If we can feel the loving energy of God, then we are never alone. God is always seeking to get our attention in the midst of this busy world, just like a parent, mate or friend, seeking to love us, or rather to let us know that we are loved every minute of every day.
We are simultaneously loved by God/dess as a distinct creation and as a part of the Divine Self--that energy of Brahman which makes up every particle, manifest or not, of the entire universe. We are also That and at the soul level always in contact with that reality.
The task of life is to constantly remind ourselves of this truth through concentration on the Divine, chanting mantra, and meditation. The Mantras of the Month help us directly on this task.
Mantra of the month:
Om Parama'prema Rupaya Namaha
The form of the highest Divine Love
Chanting this mantra aligns your vibrations to the highest Divine Love in a form.
I am Divine Love
Chanting this mantra brings Divine Love into your being and makes you feel that love. Once we have chanted thousands of this mantra, we become very attractive to others who wish to feel that Divine Love.
Mantras for Healing the Earth
All of these mantras are powerful Ganesha Mantras.
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
/Silvia Sune has been certified by Sanatana Dharma Satsang as a Pujari. She is available for pujas and yajnas in the Miami Area. Please contact her at email@example.com
Lalita/Deanne Lozano has been certified by Sanatana Dharma Dharma Satsang as a Pujari. She is available for pujas and yajnas in Chicago. Please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 some workshops. 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
Video Quick Links
Visit with SatGuru Mata at Vishwa Shanti Ashram and Pujas
India Video HD
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Mantra Therapy for Overeating, $15
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Mantra Therapy for Deeply Imbedded Habits, Addictions (Alcohol, Drugs, Smoking) 2-CD set, $25
Ancient Power of Sanskrit Mantra and Ceremony, Volumes I, II & III CD-sets now available separately or bundled with or without the books.
Dr. Wright's Clean Out Technique - guided pranayama for healing and releasing negativity
Ganesha's Abode of Bliss Guided Meditation (CD)
Mantra Therapy Healing Intensives 1,2
Disk 1 - Systemic Disorders,
Disk 2 - Mental, Emotional Disorders
Mantra Therapy for Prosperity CD
- Help with karmic blocks to prosperity and mantras to bring it in.
Mantra Therapy for Restoration of Dharma & Peace - Very effective Shakti mantras to destroy evil energies.
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.
Price Reduction: 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 plus yoga asanas.
2012-13 Schedule of Workshops
Satyabhama will be doing workshops in the following places: February 22-24Myths & Mantras of GaneshaMiami Beach, FLInfo: Esly Caldwell, email@example.com
March 241-5:00 pm- Tampa, FL
Mini Ganesha Workshop
May 24-27-Memorial Day Weekend
Myths & Mantras of Ganesha Workshop
Bhakti Yoga House, Albuquerque, NM
Bhakti Yoga House, Albuquerque, NM
Other workshops are in the process of finalizing their dates.
Events at the Gayatri Temple
March 10 - Shiva Puja for Shiva's annual celebration, Shiva Ratri.
May 17-19 - Satguru Rama Mata, Hari Kata
Click on the Events link above for more information.
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Thursdays at 7 pm
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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