A few nights ago I was blessed with a dream of Shri Babaji. I do not remember the particulars too well other than that I was thinking to walk to the airport or someplace and He recommended that I take a train. Not finding a train, I took a taxi or rickshaw and arrived on time. A couple nights before that, I had a dream of Shri Muniraji. He was directing us in the preparation for a huge bhandara (feast).
I do not often receive dreams with Shri Babaji and Muniraji so I feel very grateful for these gifts. I refer to them as gifts because Shri Babaji said: "You do not dream of Me, I come to you in your dreams." And I feel this to be very true. Although I have yet to understand the significance of what happened in the dream, I still feel the effect. I awoke both mornings filled with deep peace and love. The dreams coupled by the mantra being in my mind as I fell asleep, any time I woke up in the night and upon awaking are a deep reassurance of the constant presence of the Divine in my life. Yes, I nurture this connection daily at the Ashram with aarati, fire ceremony, karma yoga, and japa but as I travel, it is also important to me to stay just as keenly aware of Babaji's and Muniraji's presence and love as well. I realized last night how grateful I am that even as I visit my sons and their families with all my grandchildren, I still keep a daily practice of yoga, fire ceremony, japa, and prayer.
These last two mornings as I was doing a small fire ceremony outside in Oakland, CA at my son Jake's home with his family, I appreciated how green California had become this year, the grandeur of the tall trees behind their home, and the warm sunshine on my back. Little Avalon and Sorin were so respectful at the fire ceremony and certainly know it quite well, having done it many times with me before. I know it makes a difference for them, their family, the property, the state of California, and the whole cosmos.
I remember when I first sat with Shri Babaji at His small fire ceremony outside of His room. It was 1981, at about 4:30am, and I did not have much of a clue about this ceremony that I was sitting at. But as I quietly felt and watched Babaji, His eyes looking up at the mountains, down the river, into the fire, and up to the stars; I just knew in my heart that this was affecting the whole cosmos. I also remember asking Shri Muniraji about allowing children to sit and offer at the fire ceremony. He told me that it was very good. He said that at such a young age for children to begin to burn their karma in this way and accrue the blessings of the fire ceremony was a wonderful thing. I am so grateful to have the teachings and guidance to this day from my beloved Lord, Babaji and His devoted servant, Muniraji.
Most of you know that I have been doing some videoing of devotees telling their experiences with Shri Babaji. I have heard from many viewers how inspiring these are for them and how important for them to keep that connection alive. We have decided to make the first day of the Samaj annual weekend this year, Saturday, July 30th into a day of satsang and sharing stories of Shri Babaji. We hope that many of you can attend this special day. Put it on you calendar and let us know at the Ashram so we can save you a room. (719-256-4108 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
In Truth and Love,
Ceremonies and Schedule
The new-moon fire ceremony this month is on Friday, May 6 and the full-moon fire ceremony will be on Friday, May 20. 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, unsalted 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 at 7am, with paduka puja at 6:15am and the small fire ceremony is at 8:00am. We do not have the small fire ceremony when we have our large fire ceremony on new and full moon. Lunch is served at about 12:30 or 1pm, 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. We love to see you.
If you would like to participate by sponsoring a fire ceremony or a bhandara (feast), we would be happy 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
(Click here to go to our Paypal link to sponsor a fire or bhandara.)
Ashram Annual On-Line Auction Less Than Two Weeks Away - May 13 through May 22
The Ashram Eighth Annual On-Line Auction is less than two weeks away. We now have over 150 items posted for you to check out and begin bidding on a week from Friday. For the last seven years, the Ashram community has generously supported the on-going expenses of running Shri Babaji's and the Divine Mother's home through this On-Line Auction. This year, the dates will be from Friday, May 13 through Sunday, May 22. If you would like to view the items that have been donated, you can go to www.biddingforgood.com/babajiashram and begin your shopping list. You can actually become a sponsor or donate an item on line directly. Or call us at 719-256-4108 or email us at email@example.com with your ideas, donations, or questions. Thank you for your support! The auction generates a huge part of the Ashram yearly budget. Maha Lakshmi Ki Jai!
Here are a couple more of the lovely elasticized wrist malas using a rudraksha bead from Shri Babaji's mala that was generously gifted to us by Mansingh this year in Haidakhan on each of the wrist malas. Here are photos and click here to see more.
It would seem that the Golden State Warriors will finish out their record-breaking year with another championship. This perhaps never to repeated team with all of their records have signed this basketball that comes with a certificate of authenticity. We also have a jersey signed by All-Star forward, Draymond Green. It may be the last of the Golden State Warrior basketballs and jerseys that we will receive as it was through the largess of my nephew, Luke Walton, assistant coach for the Warriors. Since he just signed to become coach of the Los Angeles Lakers next year, we may have Laker memorabilia on the auction after this. The basketball and jersey can be found under 'Memorabilia' on the auction by clicking here.
We are once again gifted with amazing get-aways for a day, a week, or even more. Having experienced all of these heavenly delights, I can not recommend them highly enough. Click here to view them all.
This year Mansingh (Shri Babaji's personal attendant for over 40 years) was extremely generous gifting the Ashram Babaji's shawls, lungis, His velvet handkerchiefs, a topi (the cap shown above). and even a very old rudraksha mala of His which we will sell bead by bead (which are the guru bead on the wrist malas above). We are so deeply grateful. Just click here to view these items and more.
American Haidakhan Samaj Weekend July 29 -31
Join the Board of Directors of the American Haidakhan Samaj, who are calling all devotees to share their stories of Shri Babaji and their spiritual experiences! We have heard from so many people about the inspiration and peace watching videos of stories with Shri Babaji has given them, can you imagine hearing them in person. We are setting aside most of the first day of the weekend, Sat. July 30, for deep sharing, listening, and satsang.
Join us for a weekend of ceremony, sharing, chanting, and camaraderie as we make plans for the coming year to spread Shri Babaji's message more fully. Visit the Samaj website at www.babajisamaj.us and call the Ashram for reservations at 719-256-4108.
Family Week August 3 - 6
Our fun and inspirational Annual Family Week will be from Wednesday, August 3 through Friday, August 5, with wrap up and completion on Saturday morning, August 6.
The dorm for Family Week may already booked (we are waiting on confirmation on one reservation), but there is also still room in the yurt and for camping. The children always want to come back year after year. Call us at 719-256-4108 for info or to reserve.
Karma Yoga at the Ashram
Lots of generous helpers this month with the Spring Navratri and all of the preparation, cooking, and clean up involved in feeding our many visitors. There has also been computer work updating the website (a new section on Shri Shastriji found under the Babaji heading) and preparing our Annual On-Line Auction, along with all of the other duties to run the Ashram. We are so grateful for all of the love and help that Shri Babaji that the Divine Mother sent to us.
We ask each of you to look into your hearts and see what this Ashram means to you and to please donate as you are able. You may go to our website and donate through PayPal (you can even set up a monthly tithe). You can also send a check (made out to HUA) to P.O. Box 9, Crestone Co, 81131 for your support, love, and prayers.
Bhole Baba Ki Jai!!
Spring Navratri - Divine Mother Festival and Divine Event
Spring Navratri was a blessed, joyful, and harmonious nine days this year. Mother gave us mostly warm weather except for the last day which was total snow. We elected to do a flower fire ceremony in the temple and it was beautiful and all of the fifty plus people that made it through the snow to join us, were grateful indeed.
Mother was resplendent each day in Her new saris
Children's day and the daily pujas to the deity of the day were wonderful too!
The discourses on the Divine Mother and puja at the Lakshmi up the mountain were special too!
Visitors to the Ashram
Lots of folks joined us for the celebrations this last month and many others for a visit. It is our joy to have so many devoted folks come here each month! Here are a few of the photos.
Calendar of Events for 2016
May 13 - 22 - Eighth Annual On-Line Fundraising Auction
July 19 - Guru Purnima Day with fire ceremony at 10am followed by a meal.
July 29 - 31 - American Haidakhan Samaj Annual Gathering and Meeting
August 3 - 6 - Ashram Annual Family Week
October 1 - 9 - Fall Navratri, Divine Mother Festival
October 30 - Diwali, Festival of Lights
Maha Lakshmi Shop Report
The Shop is filling up for the summer visitors. I just purchased many large new murtis of Ganesh, Hanuman, Maha Lakshmi, Mother Kali, Buddha, Tara, and Radha Krishna. New singing bowls, Indian bed spreads, Om curtains, hand made paper journals, votive candle holders, belly dancing bells, men's kurtas and on and on will be arriving in a week or so. It is an abundant time in the Shop so come by or give us a call at 719-245-4108.
The Maha Lakshmi Shop is open every day from 10am until 5pm. You may call the Ashram at 719-256-4108 and place your orders over the phone and we are happy to answer any questions. It is really nice to connect in this way. We take Visa, MasterCard or Discover. Many, but not all of the items in the Shop are on our website at http://mahalakshmishop.wazala.com/ , so you can go there as well.
The Shop is a major supporter of the Ashram. We deeply appreciate your patronage.
Maha Lakshmi Mata Ki Jai!