Saraswati Publications Newsletter          

January 2015



Namaste, Divine Brothers and Sisters, Satyabhama-2010 India  


Winter has arrived, and I am enjoying Albuquerque's daily sunshine even on chilly days.

While I am here, I will be doing two more pujas between now and March in which you can participate in absentia.
On January 24th, 2 pm - I will be doing the annual puja to honor Saraswati.  Saraswati (Sanskrit: सरस्वती sarasvatī) is the goddess of knowledge, speech, spiritual discipline, music and the arts. She is the consort of Brahma, thus co-creator of all using mental creativity. Saraswati is considered to be the "mother of the Vedas." Saraswati's  blessings of this puja are to increase your abilities in one or more of the items under her provenance listed above. 

  For those who send a donation, I will be praying for you individually and also remembering you at the puja.  If you wish to donate before 10 am MST on Jan. 24th, please go to undefined, and I will include you in my prayers and the puja.


Prem & Shanti,






Change is on the way, some desirable and some not so much, at least short-term.  We do not have to be passive in the face of these changes, because we understand the power of collective chanting of mantras.  Throughout the summer and fall and Martin Luther King Day, there have been widespread protests to change the policing so that black and brown men are not regularly killed.  This is one way to make change in the Dark Yuga; another is to chant so much positive energy that the surrounding energy no longer supports the evil of the day.

Chamundi is the fierce crone. Her bija is Eim, so her weapon is speech, the powerful vibration of mantra.  Some say she is Durga; some say she is Kaali, but she is a unique Goddess churned out of the Ocean of Consciousness by the Celestials, when even they could not eliminate the demons Chanda and Munda.  As you can see from her portrait, she is kind and loving to her devotees but removes the heads of the demons.

The black or red colored Chamundi is described as wearing a garland of severed heads or skulls (Mundamala). She is described as having four, eight, ten or twelve arms, holding a Damaru (drum), trishula (trident), sword, a snake, skull-mace (khatvanga), thunderbolt, a severed head and panapatra (drinking vessel, wine cup) or skull-cup (kapala), filled with blood. Standing on a corpse of a man (shava or preta) or seated on a defeated demon or corpse (pretasana), she is described as having a skeletal body with three eyes, a terrifying face, drooping breasts, protruding teeth, long nails and a sunken belly. Chamundi is depicted adorned by ornaments of bones, skulls, serpents and scorpions, symbols of disease and death. She also wears a Yajnopavita (sacred thread)  of skulls. She wears a jata mukuta, that is, headdress formed of piled, matted hair tied with snakes or skull ornaments. Sometimes, a crescent moon is seen on her head.  Her socket eyes are described as burning the world with flames. She is accompanied by fiends and goblins.  She is also shown surrounded by skeletons or ghosts and beasts like jackals, who are shown eating the flesh of the corpse the goddess sits or stands on. The jackals and her fearsome companions are sometimes depicted as drinking blood from the skull-cup or blood dripping from the severed head, implying that Chamundi, like Kaali, drinks the blood of the defeated enemies.  This quality of drinking blood is a usual characteristic of all Matrikas, and Chamundi in particular. At times, she is depicted seated on an owl, her vahana (mount or vehicle,) also used by Lakshmi. Her banner figures an eagle, Vishnu's vahana.


These characteristics, a contrast to usual Hindu goddess depiction with full breasts and a beautiful face, are symbols of overcoming old age, death, decay and destruction.  All the fierceness is the face shown to the evil ones, but to the devotees she is a loving grandmother/crone. 


Chandi is associated with good fortune as well as disaster. Her auspicious forms like Mangal Chandi, Sankat Mangal Chandi, Rana Chandi bestow joy, riches, children, good hunting and victory in battles while other forms like Olai Chandi cure diseases like cholera, plague and cattle diseases.

You will find the mantras, among others, in the CD:

Mantra Therapy for Restoration of Dharma and Peace. 


Mantras of the month:
Om Eim Hrim Klim Chamunda'yae Vich'che Namaha
Hail to the Goddess Who Is Always Victorious. She who cuts straight through negativity and clears the field of evil entities, please protect us now.

This mantra builds strength and self-confidence, as well as providing protection.

Hum Vajra P'hat
This mantra uses the three most powerful words to eliminate/dissipate negativity.

Om Vajra Sattva Hung
Sound of Creation-Thunderbolt-Truth-Hum;  This mantra uses similar words to return the world to Dharma/Truth by the thunderbolt and mantra sound from the throat chakra: Vach

Om Chandika'yae Namaha
Salutations to the Charming One (another protection mantra)

Click here for Planetary Mantras on YouTube


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.  She has also written a new workshop on Shiva & Shakti.

In 2016, we will 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 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
Table of Contents
Chanting for Change
Mantras of the Month
Mantras for Healing the Earth
Pujas and Fire Ceremonies to Order
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 Ancient Power of Sanskrit Mantra and Ceremony, Third Edition:

Vols. I & II have corrections and simplification of the transliteration.

Vol. III has 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 for Vol. III. 
Bundle Price is $90.

The Pujari Course is available in the Courses section, click here. It includes all the Ancient Power books and CDs plus 2 DVDs and time with Satyabhama. A how-to class is also required separately. 

The updated Mantra Teacher Course is also available.
Ancient Power of Sanskrit Mantra and Ceremony,2nd Edition, Volumes I, II & III   CD-sets are  available separately or bundled with or without the books. 

5 Kirtan CDs are available:  4 by Deva Premal and Prasad, by Thomas/Namadeva Acharya

Dr. Wright's Clean Out Technique - guided pranayama for releasing negativity and the same amount of time for receiving blessings at the Sacred Heart Chakra.


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 Physical 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:



Stories & Legends of India - download only. In this workshop, Thomas/ Namadeva Acharya tells the traditional stories and his own stories, along with group chanting of mantras.

Click here for more info and to buy.   


Health, Healing & Reduction of Karma DVD, 

Discussion of Karma and how it works and mantras to alleviate it and for good health. 


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.   


PUJA AT HOME DVD - Five short pujas/worship ceremonies performed by Namadeva Acharya & Satyabhama at Henson Studios. 

Quick Links Online Store 

Preview of Ganesha Puja from DVD
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2015 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

January  24- Saraswati Puja Ceremony, Abq, NM

Feb. 6-8, Miami, FL
Shiva-Shakti with Satyabhama and Satguru Rama Mata with special satsang. 
For Info,
Contact Rama Das

April 24-26, London, England

July 28-Aug. 2- SUMMER PROGRAM IN ALBUQUERQUE, Click Here for details

Other workshops are in the process of finalizing their dates.

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


February 17 - Maha Shivaratri
(also at Bhakti Yoga House, Abq, NM)


Click on the Events link above for more information.  


Please support the work of the temple and the mission of certifying priests, pujaris, and mantra teachers by donating to Sanatana Dharma Satsang.  


CLICK HERE or Send your donation via PayPal to    


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Summer and Winter Events in Albuquerque, NM



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


Cochrane, Alberta, Canada 

Niagara Area
Contact Kim 

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 (
near Dallas) 
 Listed at Dr. Jennifer Laing's website: