Saraswati Publications Newsletter        


February 2014

Satyabhama-2010 India

















Namaste Divine Brothers and Sisters,


We are in a time period that is forecast to be good in the Chinese Year of the Wood Horse, which we just entered a few days ago, and in Western Astrology, where the energy towards the end of the year will release the constrictions we have been feeling since late 2011.  Some of us will have an easier time than others through the year, according to the effect of the Cardinal Cross and some of the other planets, but most will have it easier in the Spring and again in November.  


If more people sign up, we will definitely go to India.  We have not yet reached our minimum of 10, so if you are interested, do not hesitate -- email India  


For those of you are very interested in the most accurate pronunciation of all 50 letters of the Sanskrit alphabet,  Certified Mantra Teacher Anandra George is teaching a class at her Kuai'i Retreat, June 15-22, click here for the full information. "This is an 18-hour Teacher Training, offered as continuing education for yoga teachers, kirtan artists, and anyone with an interest in Sanskrit mantra. It's structured so that retreat training participants can fully absorb the incredible prāṇa of Kaua'i island, Hawai'i, while learning an invaluable skill. The summer solstice timing further supports our group's highest potential!"


On, I have a new blog.  You will find it to the right on the second blue Menu bar.

I have also posted my chanting of planetary mantras on YouTube.  Click here to go to my YouTube channel: 
Prem & Shanti,




Satguru Mata with Mother Teresa
Satguru Rama Mata with Mother Teresa

Finding Your Inner Self Leads To Love

   If we surrender our ego to the Divine, to the satguru, to Krishna or Rama or Shiva or Devi, then we are reborn as our true selves. When we shed the outer layer, then we can connect with the Divine and with others--all sentient beings. Then we feel love through the divine interconnectedness of everyone and everything.

   As Amma says, "Love is our true essence. You can only feel love by expressing it. The more you give, the more your heart is filled. Love is a never ending stream. Real love is the complete absence of any negative feelings towards anyone. Be like the honeybee who gathers only nectar wherever it goes. Seek the goodness that is found in everyone.

   When love overflows and is expressed through every word & deed, we call it compassion. That is the goal of religion. Love is the only medicine that can heal the wounds of the world. If we have love and compassion in our hearts, then we will wholeheartedly serve those who suffer from lack of food, clothing and shelter. May your thoughts, words and actions arise from love. Love one another without any expectations. Then,there is no need to go anywhere in search of heaven."

The mantras of the month are designed to assist you in obtaining your desires. 
Mantras of the month:

Aham Prema I am Divine Love The effect of chanting this mantra makes you feel and radiate Divine Love, and thus be attractive to others.

Sat Patim Dehi Parameshwara
O Power of Truth, please send me a husband who embodies the perfect/divine masculine attributes.

Narayani Patnim Dehi Shrim Klim Parameshwari
O Power of Truth, please send me a wife carrying the supreme feminine energy manifesting abundance and creativity.   



Mantras for Healing the Earth

These mantras are to aid with the earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, storms, tornadoes and the radiation from Fukushima:

All of these mantras are powerful Ganesha Mantras. 

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; to end corruption.

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
 For immediate assistance, blessing.

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: Pujas in Absentia 

If you wish to have a puja performed for you, purchase it online, and one of the priests selected by Satyabhama will contact you to make arrangements with you as to which puja or fire ceremony/yajna you want and when. 


Priests and Pujaris certified by Sanatana Dharma Satsang are available for pujas in absentia. Please click here for further details:  Pujas in absentia.  
Sri Savitri Devi, Certified Priest,
living in Ashland, OR, is available for pujas and fire ceremonies. 
Maheshwara, Certified Priest, living in So. California, is available for pujas and fire ceremonies.

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 

Shivani/Silvia Sune is a Certified Priest, living in Miami/Hollywood, FL area.  She is available for pujas and yajnas in her area.  Please contact her 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

Rama Das/Esly Caldwell has been certified by Sanatana Dharma Satsang as a Pujari.  He is available for pujas and yajnas in Miami.  Please contact him 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, particularly in the West.   


To that end, Namadeva Acharya 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 Kanchi, 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.  Sanatana Dharma Satsang is the organization certifying Priests, Mantra Teachers and Pujaris. The link to it is in the right column.

Our new place in Albuquerque, NM, is the location of some workshops, particularly the Annual Summer 5-day program.  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
Finding Your Inner Self Leads to Love
Mantras of the Month
Mantras for Healing the Earth
Certified Priests & Pujaris
Events at the Gayatri Temple
The Ancient Power of Sanskrit Mantra and Ceremony
Single CDs, CD $15, or $10 for download. Double CD sets, CDs $25, download $18.

Ancient Power of Sanskrit Mantra and Ceremony, Volumes I, II & III CD-sets now  available separately or bundled with or without the books.
Healing Mantras book and CD
Shakti Mantras book and CD/download, Mantras of the Goddesss 

Chakra Mantras   


Recordings Available as CDs or Downloads:

Dr. Wright's Cleaning Out Technique
- guided pranayama for healing and releasing negativity
Mantra Therapy programs are mantra intensives designed to help with serious issues by chanting all of them daily.

Mantra Therapy 
Healing Intensives 1,2 CDs

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 Overeating, Overcoming Obesity CD

Mantra Therapy for Under Eating, Anorexia, Bulemia CD

Mantra Therapy for Deeply Imbedded Habits:  Drugs, Alcohol, Smoking - 2 CD set

Mantra Therapy for Restoration of Dharma & Peace CD - We are all complaining about how things are going in the world.  This CD is a set of very powerful Devi mantras to dispel evil, just as Lalita and Durga and Chamundi and Kali put out powerful vibrations of positive energy to kill the demons/rakshas, if we all put out that energy those selfish beings in power will lose that power.

Mantra Therapy for Traumatic Injury, PTSD
  - for recovery from accidents, surgeries and PTSD from any cause. 

Ganesha's Abode of Bliss -
Guided Meditation CD - To enter Ganesha's abode, we must temporarily rid ourselves of negative qualities that cloud the heart: qualities like greed, anger, jealousy and other negative emotions and attitudes. This meditation takes us on a journey through mantra to eliminate these tendencies enough to qualify to enter his realm and receive blessings.

Gayatri Mantra Meditation -2 CDs with the long and short versions of the mantra, an intensive Gayatri Discipline and 1000 Names & Powers of Gayatri on Disk 2

Piercing the Granthis/Knots - A Guided Meditation by Namadeva Acharya using mantras to gently bring the kundalini shakti up the spine and then release it.

 COMING IN SPRING 2014: Mantra Therapy for Recovery from Sexual Abuse, Negative Attitudes About Sex  - CD



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 or download.  



- a 15-hour workshop on 14 CDs.  This is a comprehensive overview of Eastern and esoteric cosmology and spirituality with mantra intensive practice. Also as a download. 


Mantra:  Sacred Words of Power - CDs, no download.  



Puja at Home/Pancha Devata Puja - 5 Pujas on one disk, puja information on second disk.


Health, Healing and Reduction of Karma - a 2 DVD set:  workshop on one disk with full Navagraha/Planetary puja on second disk. 

Quick Links Online Store 

Preview of Ganesha Puja from DVD
Video Quick Links
Visit with SatGuru Mata at Vishwa Shanti Ashram and Pujas
India Video
India Video HD

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2013-14 Schedule of Workshops

Satyabhama will be doing workshops in the following places.

Details through November are on the Events Calendar at this link:


Other workshops are in the process of finalizing their dates.

February 21-23, Miami, FL
The Adventures of Sita & Rama, Co-Starring Hanuman

April 11-13, London, England
Shakti & Shiva, The Consciousness and The Energy of the Universe
May 2014 India Pilgrimage 
May 2-18 (2 weeks & the next weekend,) flying from JFK/New York.

We will travel to Chennai/Madras, Kanchi, Bangalore, Pushkar, Kolkata, Taj Mahal, Delhi, Rishikesh and return from Delhi. The emphasis for this trip is visiting Goddess Temples.

This trip is a week shorter than previous trips, omitting the last week in the Himalayas, and consequently less cost.  The full itinerary is posted at this link India Pilgrimage.

Email Kirit Pandya  for information/registration at
Gayatri Murthi
  Events at the Gayatri Temple 



March 1- Maha Shivaratri Puja


Click on the Events link above for more information.    


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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:
Orange County, CA
Contact Maheshwara, Certified Priest: 


Kilauea, HI
Contact Anandra George, Certified Mantra Instructor:

Chicago, IL
Contact 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 
See Certified Priest Rajeshwari Carmel's website: 
Contact Don Campbell and Chris Walsh, Certified Mantra Instructors:

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: