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Invitation to Join or Re-Join Sanatana Dharma Satsang - Gayatri Temple

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Dear Friend,


Satyabhama (Margalo Ashley-Farrand,) and the Board of Directors (Rev. Parvati/Pat Murphy Johnson, Suan Yin, Rev. Bharata/Bill Barry, Rev. Sri Savitri Devi/Debi Sheetz) invite you to join/re-join Sanatana Dharma Satsang, a religious organization which is the founder of the Gayatri Temple, by paying your annual subscription.

We all find Sanatana Dharma Satsang and the Gayatri Temple to be a community of loving, like-minded devotees who have formed strong family bonds with each other, no matter how many miles separate this international group of devotees.  We seek to strengthen these bonds with each other and to make the organization grow stronger to serve all of its members better and better as the years pass.

To achieve these goals, we invite you to join with us and contribute your energy and your funds to make Sanatana Dharma Satsang and Gayatri Temple's maintenance and growth possible.

In Oregon, we have Healing and Gayatri Mantra meditation every Thursday evening and monthly pujas.  We have more than one pujari student almost ready to take the exam and increase the puja frequency there.  Frankly, there is not enough funding from donors to pay the rent and utilities without help from you, so please send your donation monthly through BillPay at your bank.

Many Blessings to you,

Satyabhama purchased a half-acre property with large house and a 40'x20' Bhakti Yoga Studio for  hatha yoga, workshops, pujas/yajnas, and dorm.  After lots of remodeling, it was ready  for the Summer Retreat in 2012.  The 2013 Summer Program was also held there.

Satguru Rama Mata blessed the place to be a spiritual resource for us at the 2012 Summer Retreat.

Satyabhama regularly does pujas and yajnas in Albuquerque during Winter.

Here is a picture of the main house:

Click here for more photos in NM 

Future Plan:


Guru Rama Mata


Temple Community


Namadeva Acharya and Satyabhama planned to obtain 15-25+ acres in the Willamette Valley. OR, on which to build a Gayatri Temple, with altars to other deities. The land will have dome homes and dormitory facilities for workshop attendees. We plan to grow nut trees, herbs, vegetables and fruits, and use as much renewable energy as possible. Part of the space would be used to host several different types of healers. 

If enough people come together, it will be a reality, perhaps on the East Coast.



These plans will only manifest with your assistance.

How You Can Help

The sages have often said that seva, or selfless service, is the most powerful practice for spiritual advancement. If you wish to take advantage of this opportunity for service, you can assist the Gayatri Temple and other projects in any of the following ways:   


Join Sanatana Dharma Satsang as a contributing member at $50/year (about $4 per month).  Use the donation button below.   


Commit yourself to taking on a project with others to expand SDS to the East Coast, either a Yoga Center in Brooklyn, NY,  or building a larger residential Temple Community for retreats, workshops, and more.  If you have interest in doing this, please email Satyabhama at satyabhama@dharmasatsang.org 


Send tax-deductible contributions in the form of checks or money orders, made out to Sanatana Dharma Satsang.  You can send a monthly donation by check through BillPay at your bank.


The address is: Sanatana Dharma Satsang
3300 NW 185th Avenue, #92
Portland, OR 97229-3406


Make an online donation using PayPal. You may use your account or your regular credit/debit card at PayPal.  


Click on the link here to donate in any amount you choose.

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Many thanks to our regular monthly donors!
We also thank in advance all of you who are making your donations before the December 31 tax deadline.

Swami Sivananda
Swami Sivananda

Swami Sivananda, a great avadhut and guru and also friends with Sadguru Sant Keshavadas and Satguru Rama Mata, said "Share with others whatever you possess, physical, mental and spiritual. You will expand. You will experience oneness and unity of life." He also advises us about the wrong approach towards charity saying, "Charity should be given with faith, with modesty and with sympathy, love and affection."

He promised: "Many have achieved power, popularity, peace and happiness through the generous heart. Therefore, give plenty in charity. You will enjoy Peace, Prosperity and will attain purity of heart and Moksha (liberation)." 
--Swami Sivananda from Bliss Divine

Sanatana Dharma Satsang, Inc., was founded in 2001.  It is a 501(c)3 tax-deductible religious organization.

The name Sanatana Dharma Satsang is a Sanskrit phrase that, loosely translated, means the ancient law/right path gathering of people together to learn and share spiritual teachings.

More specifically, Sanatana Dharma Satsang teaches and promotes:

  • The practice of ancient wisdom techniques, including especially mantras, pujas/yajnas (religious rituals), and meditative disciplines from the Vedic and Tibetan Buddhist traditions. The goals of such practice include enlightenment, prosperity, and healing on all levels of the body, mind and spirit. Another important goal is the ability to help other people to also experience such benefits.   
  • Respect and understanding for all the world's great spiritual traditions, in the sure faith that although their specific doctrines may differ, their deepest essence comes from the same divine well of inspiration. In the words of Sadguru Sant Keshavadas, "Truth is One, Many are the Names."
 The Gayatri Temple is located at
 4040 SW 114th Ave.
 Beaverton, OR 97005
 Contact:  503-627-0215, or email Satyabhama.
 RSVP for any events by email or online at the Gayatri  Temple Meetup group.

The temple schedule includes Gayatri Meditation every Thursday at 7 pm (led by Tara Ma,) pujas, yajnas/fire ceremonies June-September, workshops, mantra classes, spiritual movies (Tukaram, Ramayana, etc..) Satguru Rama Mata gives programs at the temple annually.

Satyabhama performs the pujas when not traveling to workshops. 

Gayatri Temple Photos


Krishna, Narayana & Lakshmi with Brahma,

Photos of Panduranga & Rukmini,

Photos of Sadguru Sant Keshavadas and Satguru Rama Mata

Court of Rama on left; Shiva Nataraj, Subramanya, KalaChakra on right.
QuanYin, Saraswati, Lakshmi, Durga, Lalita.
Bodhisatva, Buddha, Tara.
2012 Events

Satguru Rama Mata July 2012
Satguru Rama Mata - Hari Katha, Juy 2012

Arathi July 2012 
Satyabhama-Sudarshana 2012
Satyabhama at Sudarshana Chakra Yajna, 9/1/12.

Sudarshana 9-1-12
Tara Ma assisting and attendees at Sudarshana Chakra Yajna, 2012


Mantra Teacher Training Program

We are now offering certification as a minister with ordination through Sanatana Dharma Satsang, which will show your level of expertise and provide a legal shelter for spiritual counseling. The certification as a Mantra Instructor will be awarded after learning the materials and being tested by a written test and an oral test in person or via Skype.    


Sanatana Dharma Satsang has certified 22 Mantra Instructors to date.  


The materials and a full explanation of the course can be found on our Sanskrit Mantras and Spiritual Power website.

Pujari Training Program

We are training and ordaining pujaris in the practice of Puja and Yajna (Fire Ceremony). Baby blessings, weddings, funerals (obsequis) and other standard activities will be part of the training. The training consists of the student's learning to perform the pujas and yajnas, including certain memorized material, then being tested on the ability to pronounce the Sanskrit and perform the ceremony properly.   There are seven certified Pujaris, four of whom are also priests.

Priest Training Program

Those who become certified as both Mantra Instructors and Pujaris, will be ordained as Priests.  We have ordained four priests to date.

Acharya Training Program (by or before 2020)

Only certified Priests will be eligible for Acharya Training.

The training that is envisioned will be rigorous, in line with the principles of higher education. A combination program of mail or Internet lessons together with on-site learning and residency requirements is being considered. An acharya is a Master Teacher, thus the program will provide an education in teaching workshops similar to the ones which Namadeva Acharya has researched and currently teaches.