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July 2013

Satyabhama-2010 India

















Namaste, Divine Brothers and Sisters,


The Full Moon in Capricorn/Cancer sun is celebrated in Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism) as Guru Purnima and Vyasa Purnima.  This year it is July 21st. 


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.


We are offering a new Mantra Therapy CD for Traumatic Injury, PTSD.  This one concentrates on mantras for accidents, surgeries, criminal attacks, war injuries and the Post Traumatic Syndrome which can happen from these injuries and other reasons.  As with all of Namadeva Acharya's Mantra Therapy disciplines, to heal one must chant each mantra on the CD daily, preferably 108 times or more.  This is the last of the Mantra Therapy CDs recorded by Namadeva.   


The next Mantra Therapy CD is for women who have been sexually abused or have negative attitudes about sex for various reasons.  Namadeva Acharya left me with 69 mantras to choose 12 from, and I will be recording them very soon. 


I'm looking forward to our Summer Retreat, starting 8/13 in Albuquerque.  Please join us for the Kalki Krishna Connection workshop, satsang, food and fun. 


Prem & Shanti,




Satguru Sant KeshavadasSatguru Mata - 2008Photo of Namadeva Acharya

Guru Purnima    


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 will be doing a Dattatreya Yajna indoors using the new nonsmoky method.   

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 

Tantric mantra for the guru planet Jupiter. 



Mantras for Healing the Earth

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 Ganapatayae Namaha
To destroy negativity 

Om Vakratundaya Hum
To correct something that is not working properly.

Om Dhumra Ketuvae 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 Prasada'ya Namaha
 For immediate assistance.

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 above for further details.

Bharata/Bill Barry, a Certified Priest who lives in Massachusetts, is available for pujas and yajnas in his area. Please contact him at 


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 

/Silvia Sune has been certified by Sanatana Dharma Satsang as a Priest  She is available for pujas and yajnas in the Miami /Hollywood, FL area.  Please contact her at


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

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


Lalita/Deanne Lozano has been certified by Sanatana Dharma Satsang as a Pujari.  She is available for pujas and yajnas in Chicago.  Please contact her at  

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
In This Issue
Guru Purnima
Mantras of the Month
Mantras for Healing the Earth
Certified Priests & Pujaris
Events at the Gayatri Temple
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

The CDs are now available to be downloaded, including workshops.  To order click here.


Mantra Therapy for Traumatic Injury-PTSD
Mantra Therapy for Traumatic Injury, PTSD

Mantra Therapy for Overeating, Obesity
Mantra Therapy for Overeating

Mantra Therapy for Under Eating, Anorexia
Mantra Therapy for Undereating, Anorexia, Bulimia

Deeply Imbedded Habits, drugs/alcohol, smoking
Mantra Therapy for Deeply Imbedded Habits, Addictions (Alcohol, Drugs, Smoking) 2-CD set

To Order Click Here
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   


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.


Recorded workshops:


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.   


Quick Links Online Store 

Preview of Ganesha Puja from DVD
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2013 Schedule of Workshops

In addition to the full weekend intensives, Satyabhama will soon be making mini workshops as podcasts available at

Satyabhama will be doing workshops in the following places: Events Calendar
August - Lakshmi Workshop, Tampa, FL

SUMMER RETREAT - Albuquerque, NM
August 13-18 For info, click here.

September - Niagara Falls, Canada

October - Chicago, IL; Miami, FL

December - Tampa, FL

Other workshops are in the process of finalizing their dates.

May 2014:  India Pilgrimage - emphasis on Goddess temples

Gayatri Murthi
Gayatri Murthi
  Events at the Gayatri Temple 


 July 21 - Guru Purnima Dattatraya Yajna  


August 31 - Sudarshana Chakra Yajna


October 1. - Namadeva Acharya's Third Mahasamadhi Celebration 


Click on the Events link above for more information.   


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Events in Albuquerque, NM
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Portland, OR
Gayatri Temple Meetup
Thursdays at 7 pm
Gayatri & Healing Mantras Meditation
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Contact Helen at 


Cochrane, Alberta, Canada 

Los Angeles, CA
Atma Jyoti Chanting Group, Contact Jagadamba,  Certified Mantra Instructor:
Centennial, CO
Contact Maheshwara, Certified Priest: 


Kilauea, HI
Contact Anandra George, Certified Mantra Instructor:

Chicago, IL
t Lalita/Deanne Lozano at

St. Louis, MO
Contact Nita Turnage, Certified Mantra
Instructor, at

Western  MA  Contact Rev. Bharata/Bill Barry, Certified Priest, at

New Hampshire
Contact Don Campbell and Chris Walsh, Certified Mantra Instructors:
and Rajeshwari Carmel at

New York-Upstate

Contact Saraswati/Mary-Ann Muth, at 

Austin, TX
Contact Sara Minnis: 
New Braunfels, TX
Contact Roger Hays at  

Sherman, TX

Listed at Dr. Jennifer Laing's website: