Baba's and Mother's guidance and love keep showing up unexpectedly. A young Czech woman was at the Ashram for 6 days and needed to get to Santa Fe. The ride arranged had fallen through, and then four lovely Indian people from Oklahoma City showed up for the first time to the Ashram. After praying in the temple, they offered to take her to Santa Fe on their way back home.
Last week Mark was meditating in the temple being on a spiritual journey to find a place to live a more focused dedicated life. As he went to leave, his battery was dead for no detectable reason. I met him trying to charge his battery, invited him for lunch, and now he is living at the Ashram.
A couple weeks before that a young man arrived at the Ashram the
evening before Deborah, our cook, arrived back with her right arm in a sling after breaking her arm. He had just finished a summer cooking job, so he literally became Deb's right arm for the next three weeks.
It seems these things happen so often at the Ashram that there is a pretty constant awareness of how Shri Babaji and the Divine Mother are taking care of us. I am reminded of one of my favorite speeches by Babjaji given on October 1, 1982. It follows:
Conversation with Babaji
In the Kirtan Hall at Haidakhan, a western devotee approached Babaji, having in mind to ask permission to obtain a long term visa for returning to India and to present all of his belongings to Babaji. The westerner, who had been assigned temple duties by Babaji, had recently been offered Yoga initiation by another Babaji devotee and had asked Babaji if he could accept the offer. Babaji had told the westerner that he should not take initiation from somebody else and then told him that he should go back to his country. Babaji’s comments were made directly to the westerner.
“You are being sent back to your country, because you have lost your faith. If you were a true devotee, you would have unshakeable faith and a steady mind. What are you doing believing that a man, who himself is not a yogi could initiate you into yoga? This I do not like. By giving you temple duties I had accepted you as a devotee. To devotees I give Abhaya Dhan, the blessing of My protection, by which you will always be protected and should be fearless. I am responsible for you and your liberation. Whatever initiation you need, I will give to you. Why, then, should you doubt or seek elsewhere?”
The westerner responded that he had been motivated by spiritual greed. Babaji continued: “What would you not receive from Me? Your faith must be as mighty as Mount Meru. Even the sun and the moon can move from their course, but the faith of a devotee should not be shaken. A true devotee will be ready to shed his life for God and will have faith to his last breath. Never be moved by false doctrines. You are protected in every moment.”
In truth and love, Ramloti
Ceremonies and Schedule
The new-moon fire ceremony is on Monday, October 8. The full-moon fire ceremony will be on Wednesday, October 24. On Tuesday, October 9 through Wednesday, October 17 we will celebrate Fall Navratri with daily fire ceremonies (see below for more details). All fire ceremonies begin at 10am 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. 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, morning aarati at 7am, 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 moons and during Navratri. 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 donate link to sponsor a fire or bhandara.)
Fall Navratri (Divine Mother Festival)
Tuesday, Oct. 9 through Wednesday, Oct. 17
With the changing of the leaves and the harvesting of vegetables comes the lovely time to thank Mother called, Fall Navratri. It will be celebrated from Tuesday, October 9 through Wednesday, October 17. Each day we will have fire ceremonies at 10am, special pujas to the Divine Mother of the day at 8am, discourses from the Sri Mad Devi Bhagavatam at 11am, bhandaras, aaratis and chanting. We will honor our children on Sunday, October 14.
We still have some room for most nights except Saturday night. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a room. We hope you can join us for all or any part of the celebration. You can also support us long distance by sponsoring a fire ceremony or bhandara. Jai Ma!
Diwali (Festival of Lights) Wednesday, November 7
We are looking forward to the special evening when we gather together to share songs of peace and light on the night of Diwali. This seems to be a favorite time for many of the Crestone Spiritual Centers to share with us songs from their tradition that speak of the theme of peace and light.
This year to facilitate everyone having a chance to share, we will hold aarati an hour early (5pm) and hold the sharing from 6pm until 7:30pm with dinner served afterwards. All are invited and please share the word with others.
We will have our new-moon fire ceremony at 10am followed by a meal. Anyone that wishes to stay through the day and help set up luminarios, decorate the temple, and prepare the food is welcome.
Call the Ashram for information or to procure accommodations at 719-256-4108.
Karma Yoga at the Ashram
We continue to have so many generous people coming to the Ashram for various amounts of time giving great help. This month we have linseed oiled all of the wood around the Ashram, totally redecorated and cleaned the temple in preparation for Navratri, made malas for fire ceremonies, washed and repaired all of Ma's malas, restocked the Shop with a big order from India Arts, made new signs for the Ashram, painted the Shop floor, repaired the greenhouse, received help with all the cooking, gardening, and dishwashing.
We are always grateful for all of the folks that come to the Ashram and help us with all the jobs that are necessary to make this place run smoothly and able to receive our hundreds of visitors. We really could not get everything done without you. You are all one of the reasons this Ashram is what it is. Thank you.
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 by scrolling down (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. We are so deeply grateful for your support, love, and prayers. Bhole Baba Ki Jai!
Long-Time Pujari, Rita Berault, Retires from Her Position
We are sad to say that our long-time pujari has decided to retire from her very early morning service. For several years she lovingly bathed and dressed the Divine Mother, Shri Babaji, and the many murtis each day and her loving touch is missed.
We send love her way and are always happy when she comes to the Ashram. We still carry her lovely artwork in the Shop in the form of cards, earrings, and small prints of her work. She is really a very talented and sensitive artist.
Samaj Annual Weekend
We had lots of old and new devotees come to the Ashram for the Annual Samaj Weekend. Here are some of the many photos from our time together.