Saraswati Publications Newsletter         

August 2014

Satyabhama-2010 India















Namaste, Divine Brothers and Sisters,


Ganesha Chaturthi is celebrated in Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism) as Ganesha's Annual Festival. This year it is August 29th. We will be celebrating it a bit earlier with a puja ceremony at the Gayatri Temple.   


Satguru Rama Mata will be in Oregon to do programs, Fri-Sun, August 29-31.  For more information, Click Here.


We are offering an organized course to learn to do pujas and fire ceremonies.  This is the course which will lead to certification as a Pujari by our religious organization, Sanatana Dharma Satsang.  It will be available as soon as the Ancient Power of Sanskrit Mantra and Ceremony books are released in the Third Edition.   


We had a great Summer Program in NM with wonderful people; wish you were there.  The program was the Ganesha II Workshop, and the fire ceremony the night before the full moon was the very shakti & shamanic Siddhi Vinayaka Puja/Yajna.   


May the blessings of the ever-loving and helpful Ganesha come to all of you! 

Prem & Shanti,






Two Verses from the

Ataha Ganapathi Atharva Shirsham

Vyakya Syamaha

Ganesha Kavacham



You are beyond the three gunas known as sattwa (poise), rajas (passion-activity) and tamas (ignorance).  


You are beyond the triple bodies known as physical, subtle and causal as well as the three states of consciousness (wakeful, dream and deep sleep).  


You are beyond past, present and future. The Muladhara Chakra, the root support mystical center at the base of the spine is Your dwelling place.  


You are the embodiment of three powers known as Jnana Shakti (Wisdom-Knowledge Power), Iccha Shakti (Will Power) and Kriya Shakti (Creative Power). The great yogis always meditate on you.  


You are Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. You are Agni (fire god), Vayu (wind god) and Surya (sun god). You are Chandra (moon god) and that Brahma which pervades the earth, space and heaven.  


You are Om.


Salutations to the Lord of Divine species.

Salutations to the Lord of the Ganas. 

Salutations to the Lord of attendants of Shiva.

Salutations to the cosmic-bellied One, the one-tusked elephant, the remover of obstacles. The son of Lord Shiva.

Salutations to the One who showers His blessings.



Mantra of the month:
Om Shreem Hreem Kleem Ganeshvaraya
Brahma Rupaya Charave
Sarva Siddhi Pradeshaya
Vighneshaya Namo Namaha

Salutations to the Supreme Ganesha, whom I invoke now.  You are the imperishable Brahma, traveling throughout the cosmos, as well as the very form of this universe, although not limited to it in any way.  You are the bestower of siddhis (supra natural powers) and spiritual perfection.   O Vighnesha, remover of all obstacles, salutations to your divine name again and again.

From the Brahma Vaivarta Purana


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 Uch'chista 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 or Pujaris chosen by Satyabhama will contact you to make arrangements with you as to which puja or fire ceremony/yajna you want and when. 


Certified Priests and Mantra Teachers are available for private consultations.  You will find them  
on on the Menu Bar, CMT Private Consultations. 

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 are preparing a trip for 2016.


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 Bhakti Yoga House in Albuquerque, NM, will be the location of the 2015 Summer Program


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
The Esoteric Ganesha
Mantra 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


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


The volume of pujas, Vol. III of the Ancient Power of Sanskrit Mantra and Ceremony, in a Third Edition, with additions and corrections, including 2 additional pujas:  Gayatri  and the complete Navagraha (9 Planets.)  The Shiva Puja has additions.  The Sanskrit transliterations have been made easier to read and say.  The binding is a stronger wire binding for the 8-1/2 x 11 inch large format set.  There are about 100 more pages.   
                New Price is $40


The Pujari Course will soon be available in the Courses section. 
Ancient Power of Sanskrit Mantra and Ceremony,Third Edition, Volumes I, II & III  coming soon. 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


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.


Healing Mantras CD (companion to book) 

Mantra Therapy CD Series:

Healing Intensives 1,2 

Disk 1 - Systemic Disorders,

Disk 2 - Mental, Emotional Disorders

#3 Overeating, Overcoming Obesity

#4 Undereating, Anorexia, Bulimia

#5 Deeply Imbedded Habits, Addictions

(Alcohol, Drugs, Smoking) 2-CD set
#6 Traumatic Injury, PTSD

#7 Restoration of Dharma & Peace (Mantras to clear your space or yourself and eliminating negative energies dominating the world and bringing peace

#9 Prosperity CD

- Help with karmic blocks to prosperity and mantras to bring it in.

Mantras of the Goddess (companion to Shakti Mantras book) 

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.

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.   

Quick Links Online Store 

Preview of Ganesha Puja from DVD
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2014 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
September - Canada: Niagara Falls and Calgary, also NYC

October - Chicago, IL; St. Louis; Keene, NH

December - Solstice Planetary Puja, Abq, NM

Other workshops are in the process of finalizing their dates.

May 2016:  India Pilgrimage
Gayatri Murthi
Gayatri Murthi
  Events at the Gayatri Temple 



August 24 - Ganesha Chaturthi Puja 


August 29-31 - Satguru Rama Mata Programs   


August 30 - Sudarshana Chakra Yajna


October 1. - Namadeva Acharya's Fourth Mahasamadhi Celebration  


October - Shiva & Shakti Workshops in Chicago, St. Louis, and Keene, NH 


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:
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

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