Ashram Newsletter - June, 2015

June 4, 2015

 

 

Dear Friends, 

 

I hope all of you enjoy the new look for our website.  It was a long process and we are so grateful to Jeewat for doing the majority of the work for us.  Under this same news section there are other blogs which I have been doing somewhat regularly when I feel inspired or have an interview with one of our visitors.  It may leave me a little short-winded for this message each month, but we will see how it all unfolds.

 

This unfolding is actually what I wanted to speak to a bit --- the witnessing and allowing of the unfolding of life according to the Divine.  I am learning to do this more and more in my life, and it seems to make everything flow so much smoother.  For instance, I had no thought to go to Santa Fe this last weekend for a fire ceremony and aarati.  However, when I saw how many people had won items on the auction from Santa Fe, a thought popped into my head that not all of these folks knew one another and it would be great to bring them all together at a program.  And so it happened and only a week after the date was decided we gathered about 15 people at Devorah’s, who has been doing a small monthly fire ceremony at her home.  It was great, we brought Shri Babaji’s padukas to bless her home and preside at the fire ceremony.  A couple of the musicians are now talking about playing aarati and kirtan once a month too.  If I have a goal when I visit different parts of the country, it is to inspire people to come together in ceremony and prayer.

 

In the same vane, we generally have a family meeting about once a week.  Having had one last Thursday (you can read about the inspiring satsang we had under this news blog) I did not think we would have one until Thursday.  But something inside just told me to ask to have one Monday morning and it turned out to be really important to bring more understanding between the six people staying here at this time.  Life and community just really runs smoother when we can share and talk about any issues or emotions we may be feeling.

 

The unfolding at the Ashram actually gets fuller and fuller.  The plans I had to get this newsletter out last Sunday or at least by Monday, fell by the wayside as each person, phone call, email or other activity took precedence over it.  I am continually learning that a “to do” list is a helpful guide but never something that is more important than being present for people.  The beauty of it all is that people keep showing up to help, so that the list actually does get completed in its own time, often better than I could do it on my own.  Next time you come to the Ashram you will see many new improvements from paint jobs, new batteries, to nicely weeded grounds and trimmed trees.

 

I continue to feel so blessed to be able to live and work at a place like the Ashram where I have many moments and opportunities to commune with people who either come here, or who are otherwise connected to this huge Ashram family.      

 

In Truth, Simplicity, and Love,

Ramloti

 

 

Ceremonies and Schedule

 

The next new-moon fire ceremony is on Tuesday, June 16.  The full-moon in July is on Wednesday, July 1. The fire ceremonies begin at 10am and are followed by a meal. Please arrive ten minutes early, freshly bathed, in a long skirt or pants with shoulders covered, and having fasted from grains, cereals, meat, eggs, garlic and onions. Fruit, yogurt, nuts, veggies and tea or coffee are fine to eat before.  Also, if you have a dietary need for something more hearty before our meal at 11:30 or so, please partake. 

 

Our evening aarati is at 6pm and morning aarati is at 7am, with a paduka puja in Shri Babaji’s kutir at 6:30am.  Lunch is served at about 12:30pm, and we invite you to join us. (Call if you are a group or have special dietary needs.) The Maha Lakshmi Shop is open every day from 10am until 5pm.

 

If you would like to participate by sponsoring a fire ceremony or a bhandara (feast), we ​would like to send you a blessed item from the fire ceremony if you request. They are:

$27 sponsorship - Copper, brass, nickel Om Namah Shivaya bracelet

$54 sponsorship - Rudraksha, Rosewood, or Tulsi Mala

$108 sponsorship - Rose Quartz Mala or a copper, silver, brass Om Haidakhandi bracelet

 

You can make the donation online by just clicking here or by calling 719-256-4108, or by emailing the Ashram at info@BabajiAshram.org. You may also send us a check made to HUA to: P.O. Box 9, Crestone, CO 81131.  We are continually grateful for all of your support of the Ashram.

 

 

Annual American Samaj Weekend and Meeting - July 18 & 19

 

The Annual American Samaj weekend always brings new ideas of how to better spread Shri Babaji’s message and love around the country.  With large events happening internationally this year (the Bhakti Fest in Holland to raise funds for the Shri Babaji Charitable Hospital in India, Guru Purnima in Italy, and the Charitiable Hospital expanding its facilities to serve more poor people in the rural Komaon Hill Districts), there is much to consider and to use a a spring board for more service here in America.  It is also the time for our election of Board members, if you would like to serve, please let us know.  Here is a photo some of the Board that has served for the last three years.

 

We have people coming this year from Mexico and Canada as well as folks coming from all over the States for this special time of celebration and sharing.  There is still some room in the dorm so call us at 719-256-4108 or email us at info@babajiashram.org for more details or to reserve a space.  To find out more about the American Haidakhan Samaj and its work, go to their new website at www.babajisamaj.us

 

 

15th Annual Family Week at the Ashram - July 21 -24

 

Two days after the Annual American Samaj weekend we will begin our annual Family Camp from Tuesday, July 21 through Friday, July 24.  With several of our families returning again, the dorm is already booked but we do have room still in the yurt and a couple of beautiful camping spaces on the Ashram grounds.  The children’s program includes circle time, yoga, karma yoga, chanting, arts and crafts and other fun activities and runs from 10am until 1pm.  This year's Children's camp will be run by Kelly Hosner and several assistants.  It is always such a special time for us all to be together, so call us at 719-256-4108 or email us at info@babajiashram.org if you plan to attend.  There is no charge for children to attend the camp, and the suggested donation for adults staying at the Ashram is $27 per night.

 

 

Puja -- To Touch Love, Workshop with Sofia Diaz July 21 -23

 

 

The Workshop at Family Week this year will be "Puja -- To Touch Love." It is about waking up our heart centers and then feeling outside ourselves. When you recognize something good and you are willing to extend your body into it you make a human ceremony that makes existence better for all beings. There will be group processes, meditation practices, breath awareness and, of course, the celebration of each other’s company in these precious bodies 

 

The workshops facilitated by Sofia are totally amazing and this year will be no exception. The workshop runs each day from 10am - 1pm. This is concurrent with the children’s program above, making it easy for parents to take the workshop too. It is always a true gift to give to yourself, so do not miss it.  The suggested donation for the three-day workshop is $108.  Some partial scholarships are available.  Please call the Ashram at 719-256-4108 to register.

 

 

 

 

New Website Launched, Still www.BabajiAshram.org but New Image 

 

After many, many years, the Ashram is happy to announce a new look and experience of its website.  For several years we have heard comments on how outdated our pink and purple website was. Our dear friend, Kailash who passed away several years ago, made the website for us in 1997.  Never having the time or technical know-how to make it different, we sort of just went with it. 

 

Enter Jeewat, who came for his first visit last Christmas and fell in love with the Ashram, but certainly not in love with our outdated website. He and Noura and Jessica and I all talked about different ways to give the site a facelift and he decided to take it on as a karma yoga project and has spent months in his spare time from work, creating this beautiful new site.  We are so grateful and excited.  There are still a few kinks in the blog section if you are using an older Safari browser, and there are still some additions that are being worked on for future growth.  But it is beautiful and we are sooooo happy.  Thank you Jeewat for your hundreds of hours and may Mother’s and Baba’s blessings be abundant in your life!

 

Please give us some feedback on how you like the new site as well as the blog section where we will continually be posting new blogs.  I am also wondering if folks would rather receive more frequent blogs instead of receiving this monthly newsletter. I could transition to writing more blogs over the next few months if enough people would rather just receive blogs.

 

 

New YouTube Video of Devotees Posted 

 

While in Thailand, I interviewed Raghuvir from Holland, Jamuna from the US and Kharku from Canada about their initial days with Shri Babaji. Due to some technical difficulties it is shorter than we had hoped and some of the sound is shabby but it still transports the viewer to the miracle of Shri Babaji.  Go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Li2Q39-uFr0 to view it.  There are certainly more stories to come because the response has been so overwhelmingly positive; there has been a lot of feedback about how important these stories are in today’s sometimes challenging world. 

 

I am headed to Italy for Guru Purnima at the end of July where I will be surrounded by hundreds of people who have stories about being with Shri Babaji.  Does anyone know of or have a small video recorder with good quality sound that could take many hours of footage for this purpose?  Call or email me at the Ashram if you have some ideas at 719-256-4108.  This is a rich opportunity to spread the love of Shri Babaji.

 

 

Shri Babaji Charitable Hospital in India

 

Great strides are being taken to serve the poor people in the rural Kumoan foothill region of India by the Shri Babaji Charitable Hospital.  The hospital workers now estimate that they are saving hundreds of peoples’ eyesight every week by their cataract surgeries.  They want to do more and so they have taken a leap of faith and expanded to a full retinae surgery department and ENT Center that will save even more eyes and have expanded services.  

 

Are you or do you know others who are in position to help with this lofty cause?  One of the Indian Samaj Board members, Uday Chatterlie, will be in the United States in September and he and Ramloti are happy to meet and explain further the expansion and vision of the charitable hospital.  Please call the Ashram at 719-256-4108 or email at info@babajiashram.org if you have any ideas.  Shri Babaji said that work is worship and that to serve other people is the main duty of every human being. Click here to read more about the hospital http://www.haidakhandisamaj.org/humanitarian/hospitals/

 

 

Second Annual Monte Vista Movie Manor Extravaganza Weekend!

 

We are actually not certain yet on the date for our second Annual Movie Manor Extravaganza in Monte Vista.  We know that it wants to be after the end of Fall Navratri (Oct. 21) but before Diwali (Nov.11). Finding a weekend that is not already filled with programs is challenging.  If you know when your group may be doing its Navratri or Diwali celebration, please let us know so that we can try to schedule around it.  

 

Just last Saturday, at the program in Santa Fe, one of the participants asked about the dates for this year as she said last year was so amazing and wonderful.  She was taken with how we were able to transform a hotel into an Ashram complete with a large havan kund.  It seems that all that attended last year were thrilled with the shakti, love, and beauty of the whole setting.  

 

The events begins on Saturday afternoon with reception, chai, snacks, and check in.  We than have aarti and chanting all evening followed with a sumptuous Indian feast and Indian classical movie. The wonders of this unique in America hotel is that you can view and hear the drive-in movie screen from the comfort of your room.  In the morning there will be paduka puja, aarati, chanting, and a huge fire ceremony, all followed by a delicious Indian breakfast at about 11am.  Departure at that time gives you ample time to arrive home in the late afternoon, and some last year stopped at the Ashram on the way home for Mata’s darshan.  For more information email us at

info@babajiashram.org.

 

 

Meet our Board Member, Lok Nath (Monty Smith)​​​​

 

“When I left Haidakhan in the spring of 1984 I felt like I was leaving my true home. Babaji had died. I was grieving, had no plan but knew that my life was changed for everything that would come. I first went to Haidakhan in 1979  to visit for four months - drawn by the stories about Babaji in the Rebirthing community and a dream of Him. I left with a world grown loving with friends and Ashrams; a connection with Babaji that is not determined by his physical presence; a passion to connect and be connected to people who value the over-flowing grace of creation and  a deep appreciation and  joy in the Haidakhan Aarati and our  rhythm of celebrations.

 

“I serve on the Ashram Board as a way to support others in those things that have enriched and deepened my life. We all need those “places of home” that some how touch our deepest and truest selves - that give us the greatest inspiration to offer back to life all that we can and the best that we can.” 

 

 

 

 

Karma Yoga at the Ashram

 

As always, Shri Babaji and Mother send just the right karma yogis for all the work of Spring.  We have been mitigating trees for fire prevention and wood supply, sanding and painting lots of areas that were in need, creating the new website, painting and repainting signs, sewing new clothes for the murtis, organizing the Shop, cleaning, cooking and washing dishes for the many visitors, preparing and cleaning up after our full-moon, new-moon, and daily fire ceremonies.  We are so grateful for all of the service that people render at the Ashram.  It certainly helps keep Mother and Baba’s home beautiful.