Saraswati Publications Newsletter        


May 2015

Satyabhama-2010 India








Namaste, Divine Brothers and Sisters, 








If you are interested in going to India in May 2016, please email me at   The trip will be 17 days in May, because the 25% off-season discount starts May 1. The new itinerary will include seeing the 8 Ganesha Temples near Pune, as we did in 2007 and 2009, as well as several Goddess Temples in both South India and North India.  We will go to Rishikesh and Hardwar at the end of the trip, which starts in the south at Chennai, Kanchi Math, and visits our gurus' Vishwa Shanti Ashrama near Bangalore. 


We will be doing a Ganesha Lakshmi Puja at the New Moon, May 17th at 2 pm, PDT.  If you would like to attend in absentia, please click here undefined   
Prem & Shanti






Annually, the celebration of the life and work of the Buddha  (Wesak/Visak/Wisaki/Baisaki) is celebrated by Buddhists of all sects and some Sikhs and Hindus.  It is supposed to be on the Full Moon in Taurus/Scorpio but is often arbitrarily celebrated in May, even when the Sun is in Gemini.  This year it is May 3rd. 


The esoteric Wesak ceremony is believed to be a gathering of souls high in a Himalayan valley, who chant for hours.  At the moment the moon is full, the Christ and the Buddha appear together and pour out the annual blessings for the earth.  Our chanting will include having a crystal bowl of water present, which will become supercharged by the chanting.  At the end of the ceremony, the water will be shared with those present.




     In Vol. II of the Ancient Power of Sanskrit Mantra and Ceremony, Namadeva Acharya/Thomas Ashley-Farrand states that the majority of Hindu priests, pundits, and scholars do not view the Buddha as a true avatar of Vishnu, as he purposefully distanced himself from the teachings of the Brahmins, even going as far as to ignore or contradict them directly.

       The Buddha, according to some sects, dismissed outright the existence of the soul, insisting that only the mind exists. The end of existence, these Buddhists claim, is to become one with the Cosmic Mind, overcoming all delusions concerning our present "reality." This idea is controversial, as Gautama (the Buddha) taught different doctrines at different stages of his teachings to his students at that time. Then he would stop teaching for a period of time, and the students left him. These teachings later became different sects of Buddhism. Because of this, there are entire schools of Buddhism (Hinayana, Theravada, Mahayana, Vajrayana) with widely divergent teachings.

       Because these teachings did not rely on Brahmin priests to act as a conduit to God through secret mantra and ritual (Hinayama and Theravada do not include any mantra teachings), it undermined the priests' job security. The fact that each individual could reach their own enlightenment through personal effort (rather than by supplication to Rama or Krishna through the person of the priest) was considered the highest heresy.

     The advent of Buddhism allowed for the breakdown of what had become a corrupt priesthood, allowing the knowledge once available only to a secret cabal to become accessible to the people once again. Those who sought power through control of spiritual mysteries lost their followers once they received the message that such methods were largely unnecessary. Those who were true priests and devotees of God continued a life of service, while those greedy for more mostly left the priesthood in search of other pathways to wealth, power or fame.

    There are, however, certain kernels of commonality containing valuable and important truths within each Buddhist sect.  

     Among the religions of the world, Buddhism is the Divine Psychology. As Namadeva Acharya/Thomas Ashley-Farrand writes:    

"[Buddhism] allows for an individual to take complete responsibility for the earthly predicament in which one finds oneself and develop a strategy and a method of extrication from the predicament. The mind is directly confronted with all its vagaries. So complete is the Buddhist approach that the mind has no place

to go to escape. It ultimately confronts its own frailties, limitations, and ignorance and becomes confounded. A surrender of sorts is the only path of any logic."


     Namadeva Acharya points out to us that the Buddha's approach is certainly consistent with the last two avatars of Vishnu, Rama and Krishna, who brought their divine power to earth and demonstrated it in abundance. The tenth avatar, Kalki, will be sent to gather those souls who have progressed enough to advance into humanity's next cycle. However, to "bridge the gap, humanity must be required to take responsibility" for their own actions and their own spiritual evolution. "After all," Namadeva Acharya writes, "[I]f divinity is the end point of evolution, when does that evolving divinity begin to take the responsibility incumbent upon increasing intelligence and will?" It is time, the Buddha teaches us, to stop depending on divine rescue and instead take the reins of our own morals and ethics, leading us to Love, which is the purest form of unity for our (and all) species.

   The Eightfold Path and Four Noble Truths of Buddhism present the central beliefs of Buddhism and outline the approach to balance life and eliminate the attachment to desires which are at the root of all suffering.


The Four Noble Truths:

All existence as we know it is suffering.

Misery is rooted in ignorant craving or desire.

Misery can be abolished by eliminating ignorant craving or desire.

This elimination can be accomplished by following the Eightfold Path.


The Eightfold Path: 

  1. Right Understanding
  2. Right Mindfulness
  3. Right Speech
  4. Right Action
  5. Right Livelihood
  6. Right Effort
  7. Right Meditation
  8. Right Emancipation.

     Because these beliefs gained much popularity in India, some Brahmin priests adopted the idea of the Buddha as an avatar of Vishnu. They, as Namadeva Acharya writes, "wanted to hitch their wagons to a rising star."

       Although the Buddha claimed in his early teachings that the tools of religion (ceremony and mantra) were not necessary (later teaching them to a small group before his long life ended,) this was likely a misdirection used to break down a corrupt system and lead to a breakthrough for the human species by forcing people to take on a new spiritual responsibility. The "roots of spiritual power," as Namadeva Acharya calls them, are unchanging. "Mantra and ceremony still are called upon when nothing but the scientifically applied use of ancient mantras and ritual power will do. The Buddha, as the ninth avatar of Vishnu, knew this, and earned his title of "The Great Deceiver." Sometimes the path of misdirection is necessary for us to reach our ultimate enlightenment.    

Mantras of the month:

Om Mani Padme Hum

The Jewel is in the Lotus

This is the mantra of Avalokateshwara. 


Om Namo Kuan Shi Yin Pusa 

Basic mantra for Kuan Yin, the feminine aspect of Avalokateshwara.   


Both bring compassion to the heart.


Gate Gate Para Gate Para Samgate Bodhi Swaha

Gone, Gone Beyond, Gone Beyond Beyond. Hail to the Goer.

Excellent mantra for developing vairagya/detatchment/dispassion.   



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
Wesak, The Buddha's Day
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 





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: