Saraswati Publications Newsletter        


March 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 will be 17 days in May, because the 25%off-season discount starts May 1. 


We will be doing a SatyaNarayana Puja at the Full Moon, March 5th at 2 pm, MST.  If you would like to attend in absentia, please click here undefined   
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Prem & Shanti,




Lord Rama

Rama Navami 
[March 28 in India; March 29 in the US] Lord Rama was born on Navami Tithi during Shukla (waxing moon}) Paksha of Chaitra month. Each year this day is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Rama. He was born during Madhyana period which is the middle of Hindu day. Madhyana  11 am to 2 pm (approximately 2 hours and 24 minutes) is the most auspicious time to perform Rama Navami Puja rituals. The mid-point of Madhyana marks the moment when Shri Rama was born, and temples celebrate this moment as the birth moment of Lord Rama. The chanting of Shri Rama and celebration reaches its peak during this time.

Ayodhya is birthplace of Lord Rama and Rama Navami celebrations in Ayodhya are remarkable. Devotees come to Ayodhya from far-flung places. After taking holy dip into river Saryu, devotees visit Rama temple to participate in birthday celebrations.

Fasting is suggested during Rama Navami, which means devotes should observe the fast from sunrise to sunrise. Rama Navami Vrat can be observed in three different ways, casual (नैमित्तिक) -which can be observed without any cause, continual (नित्य) - which can be observed throughout life without any desire, and desirable (काम्य) - which can be observed to fulfill any desire.

Rama, the Eighth Avatar of Vishnu

Rama was born about 12,000 years ago, which was in the descending years of Dwapara Yuga, which is over 1 million years.  As people were devolving, we needed avatars and gurus to keep us going towards dharma, not away from it. We could no longer keep all the millions of verses of the holy books in our minds, so they were being written down in condensed form.  We were falling so far down in behavior, that we needed an avatar to rescue us from demons, inner and outer.  Vishnu sent his energy to preserve us in the form of the Court of Rama, which is Rama and his 3 brothers and Sita.  Each one of them came as the perfect role model to follow, as son, father, ruler, spouse, etc.  The energy of any avatar is many times greater than any satguru we know of, though they are enlightened beings come to help and teach us.

Rama is also revered as the avatar whose very name heals and liberates us from the rounds of rebirth.  Ra and Ma are bija mantras which will balance the Ida and Pingala (solar and lunar currents in our bodies, flowing from the left and right, up through the subtle spinal cord.) This is shown so well for us in the (correctly drawn) Caduceus, which has those currents going up, crossing at the chakras, to the Ajna/Third Eye Chakra, with 2 wings instead of petals. 

Mantras of the month:

Om Sri Rama Jai Rama Jaya Jaya Rama
Rama's Liberation Mantra

Om Ram Rama'ya* Swaha
A great healing mantra, which is particularly good at reducing pain.

Om Ap'adamapa Hartaram Dataram Sarva Sam'padam Lokaa Bhi Ramam Sri Ramam Bhu'yo Bhu'yo Namam'yaham
One of the greatest mantras for healing, which is particularly good for brain and nervous system issues, but is good for all systemic disorders.

*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 Uch'chista 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:  Unlike English, the emphasis in a word is on the first syllable in Sanskrit. 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
Rama Navami
Mantras of the Month
Mantras for Healing the Earth
Pujas and Fire Ceremonies
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, CD or Download:

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
Saturday Eve - Intro to Lakshmi

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

June 19-21, Boston, MA
Lakshmi: Shakti (Power) of Success, Abundance, Royalty, and Realization

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

September 4-6, Niagara area, ON, Canada
The Mysterious Kundalini

October 9-11, Chicago, IL
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.

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 



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: