Saraswati Publications Newsletter        


February 2015

Satyabhama-2010 India








Namaste, Divine Brothers and Sisters, 








If you are interested in going to India in May 2016, please email me at  I would like your input as to what you would like to see, whether you are interested in going to several Devi temples or another plan.   The trip can be 24 days or 17 days


We will be celebrating Maha Shivaratri at the Gayatri Temple in Beaverton and Albuquerque on Feb. 17.  If you would like to attend in absentia, please click here undefined   
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At the bottom right of the newsletters is a list of chanting groups in the US and Canada.  Chanting in a group is so powerful for the attendees that the effect is 10x10 for a group of 10 chanters.  It is the number squared, so the good you get out of it is really worthwhile. 
Prem & Shanti,




Maha Shivaratri

Maha Shivaratri is celebrated at the new moon before it is full in Pisces.  In India, it is celebrated all night long, singing songs in praise of Shiva and his Shakti and pouring milk, panchamrita, and water over the yoni-lingam. Turmeric is offered for prosperity, kumkum for and flowers for blessings of the Mother.  This year it is on February 17. 


Everything you offer in worship is for your own purification, cleansing yourself of your emotions, all your negativities in body, mind, spirit, and karma. 


ATTRIBUTES OF SHIVA, translated by Swami Sivananda, founder of Divine Life Society:


Advaita, Akhanda, Akarta, Abhokta, Asanga, Ashakta,
Nirguna, Nirlipta, Chidanandarupah Sivoham Sivoham.

Non-dual, indivisible, non-doer, non-enjoyer, Unattached, without qualities, I am Shiva (auspiciousness), I am Shiva of the form of knowledge and bliss.


Avyakta, Ananta, Amrita, Ananda, Achala, Amala, Akshara, Avyaya, Chidanandarupah Shivoham Shivoham.

Unmanifested, endless, immortal, bliss, Immovable, without impurities, imperishable,inexhaustible, I am Shiva, I am Shiva of the form of knowledge and bliss.

Ashabda, Asparsha, Arupa, Agandha, Aprana, Amana, Atindriya, Adrishya, Chidanandarupah Shivoham Shivoham.
Soundless, touchless, smell-less, formless,without Prana, without mind, without senses, unseen, I am Shiva, I am Shiva of the form of knowledge and bliss.

Satyam, Shivam, Shubham, Sundaram, Kantam, Sat-chit-ananda, Sampurna, Sukha, Santam, Chidanandarupah Shivoham Shivoham.
Truth, auspiciousness, good, beautiful, resplendent, existence-knowledge-bliss, all-full, pure
happiness, peaceful. I am Shiva, I am Shiva of the form of knowledge and bliss.

Chetana, Chaitanya, Chid'ghana, Chinmaya, Chidakasa, Chinmatra, Sanmantra, Tanmaya, Chidanandarupah Shivoham Shivoham.
Consciousness, mass of knowledge, full of knowledge, All-pervading like ether, consciousness alone, full of That, I am Shiva, I am Shiva of the form of knowledge and bliss.
Amala, Vimala, Nirmala, Achala, Avang'manogochara, Akshara, Nischala, Chidanandarupah Shivoham Shivoham.
Pure, stainless, immovable, Beyond the reach of mind and speech, imperishable, steady, I am Shiva, I am Shiva of the form of knowledge and bliss.

Nitya, Niru'padhika, Niratisaya
Ananda, Nirakara, Hrimkara, Omkara, Kutastha, Chidanandarupah Shivoham Shivoham.

Eternal, without attributes, supreme bliss, Without form, Hrim and Om (Pranava), rock-seated Self, I am Shiva, I am Shiva of the form of knowledge and bliss. 

Purna, Para Brahma, Prajnana Ananda, Sakshi, Drashta, Turiya, Vijnana Ananda, Chidanandarupah Sivoham Sivoham.
All-full, Paramatman, knowledge and bliss, Witness; Seer, the fourth state, self-knowledge, bliss. I am Shiva, I am Shiva of the form of knowledge and bliss.

Satyam, Jnanam, Anantam, Anandam, Sat-chit-ananda, Svayam Jyoti Prakasam, Chidanandarupah Shivoham Shivoham.  
Truth, knowledge, endless, bliss, Existence-knowledge-bliss, self-luminous, I am Shiva, I am Shiva of the form of knowledge and bliss.

Kaivalya, Kevala, Kutastha, Brahma, Shuddha, Siddha, Buddha, Sat-chit-ananda, Chidanandarupah Sivoham Sivoham.
Immortality, alone, changeless, Self Pure, perfect, illumined, existence-knowledge-bliss, I am Shiva, I am Shiva of the form of knowledge and bliss.

Nirdosha, Nirmala, Vimala, Niranjana, Nitya, Nirakara, Nirguna, Nirvikalpa, Chidanandarupah Shivoham Shivoham.
Without defects, pure, spotless, eternal, formless,
without qualities, superconsciousness, I am Shiva, I am Shiva of the form of knowledge and bliss.

Atman, Brahma Svarupa, Chaitanya-Purusha, Tejomaya, Ananda, 'Tat-Tvam-Asi' Lakshya, Chidanandarupah Shivoham Shivoham.
Self, Supreme Self, consciousness, Full of light, bliss, that which is indicated by 'Tat-Tvam-Asi -Thou art That'. I am Shiva, I am Shiva of the form of knowledge and bliss.

'Soham', 'Shivoham', 'Aham-Brahma-Asmi' Mahavakya, Shuddha, Sat-chit-ananda, Purna Para Brahma, Chidanandarupah Shivoham Shivoham.
I am He', 'I am Shiva', 'I am Brahman*', Pure, existence-knowledge-bliss, all-full Self, I am Shiva, I am Shiva of the form of knowledge and bliss.


*Brahman is not Brahma but the entire Divine Energy that is 100% of the universe. 


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

Om Namah Shiva'ya*
Shiva's Moola Mantra

Om Shrim Klim Namah Shiv'ya*
This mantra joining Shakti with Shiva makes you a siddha (perfected being.)

Om Pashupatiyae Namaha
Shiva is lord of all creatures, earth, plants, animals, fish
This mantra is excellent for issues with your pets or other animals that need good energy sent.

*Not pronounced 'aya.'


Mantras for Healing the Earth

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

All of these mantras are powerful Ganesha Mantras. 

Om Vighna Nashana'ya 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 Ganapata'yae Namaha  
To destroy negativity

Om Vakratunda'ya Hum
To correct something that is not working properly; to end corruption.

Om Dumra Ketuvae Namaha 
To bring difficult circumstances under an umbrella of peace.

Om Gana Dhyaksha'ya 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, blessing.

Note:  The ye/yae ending is a shakti-activating syllable.  The ya ending brings the energy of the mantra to the heart.  Sanskrit is not pronounced as aya at the end of a mantra ending in 'a' before the ye/ya at the end.  

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.  

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, including writing and recording workshops. 

We have lead  Pilgrimage Tours 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.  The next trip will be May 2016.


We 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.

Bhakti Yoga House & Studio in Albuquerque, NM, is the location of some workshops and pujas, particularly the Annual Summer 5-day program.  We  hope to expand to the East Coast and other locations, as soon as we can. 


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
Maha Shivaratri
Mantras of the Month
Mantras for Healing the Earth
Certified Priests & Pujaris
Events at the Gayatri Temple


Courses Click here 
Mantra Teacher Course, 2nd Ed

Pujari Course (How to do Sanskrit Ceremonies)

Single CDs, CD $15, or $10 for download. Double CD sets, CDs $25, download $18.
Ancient Power of Sanskrit Mantra and Ceremony, 3rd Ed., Volumes I, II & III CD-sets available separately or bundled. 
The companion CDs are also available separately or bundled.  They may also be ordered bundled with the books.
Healing Mantras book and CD


Shakti Mantras book and CD/download, Mantras of the Goddesss 
Chakra Mantras 
There are 5 kirtan CDs available:  Namadeva Acharya's Prasad (also download) and 4 CDs by Deva Premal Click here.

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 2015: 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. 

NEW - Legends & Stories of India 
Download only

- 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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2015-6 Schedule of Workshops

Satyabhama will be doing workshops in the following places.
Details are on the Events Calendar at this link:

April 24-26, London, England
Gurus, Avatars, Siddhas & Masters

June 12-14, Keene, NH
Shakti & Shiva, The Consciousness and The Energy of the Universe

June 19-21, Boston, MA
Shakti & Shiva, The Consciousness and The Energy of the Universe

July 28-Aug. 2, Albuquerque, NM  
Summer Program
Gurus, Avatars, Siddhas & Masters

September 4-6, Niagara area, ON, Canada
May 2016 India Pilgrimage   
May 6-22 (2 weeks & the next weekend-17 days,) 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 will be posted at this link India Pilgrimage, after September 2015.

Email Kirit Pandya for information/registration at

Gayatri Murthi
  Events at the Gayatri Temple 



Feb 17- Maha Shivaratri Puja

April 3 - Hanuman Jayanti


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 

Didsbury, Alberta, Canada
Contact Yvonne Werkmann, Certified Mantra Teacher:

Niagara Area, Ontario, Canada
Contact Kim Reid,

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

Miami, FL 
Contact Certified Priest Rama Das/Esly at  

Kilauea, HI
Contact Anandra George, Certified Mantra Instructor:
Chicago, IL
Contact Lalita/Deanne Lozano at

Boston, MA

Contact Jill Jardine, Certified Mantra
Instructor, at

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

St. Louis, MO
Contact Nita Turnage, Certified Mantra 

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: