Ashram Newsletter - November, 2019

November 17, 2019

Dear friends,

 

I remember wondering back in 1986, when we first acquired the land for the Ashram, if visitors would ever find their way to Crestone, such a remote place, a four-hour drive from Denver. Well, that is no longer a question as we have thousands of people coming to the Ashram every year. This is a wonderful thing and we are grateful that so many people wish to have the darshan of Shri Babaji and the Divine Mother.

 

Since one of Babaji’s main teachings is love and service to humanity, we do our best to greet each person that arrives and answer questions about Babaji, the Ashram, the temple, the rituals, and see if there is anything they need. We also invite them for food if it is around mealtime and help them in the Maha Lakshmi Shop. It takes a lot of energy to constantly be there for people, basically from 6am until 8pm seven days a week. On some weekends we have over 300 people come through the Ashram. We feel it is one of our main duties and we enjoy getting to know so many of you, we often make connections that last for a lifetime. We are never surprised to see the same folks year after year making their pilgrimage to the Ashram.

 

It used to be that in winter we would have very few people come to the Ashram, it was a quiet time. We took this time to catch up with life and have a little extra meditation and rest. The last couple of years, however, this has not been the case, unless it is snowing, we seem to have visitors. 

 

So we have decided to carve out nearly two weeks of quiet time at the Ashram from January 11 until January 23 and actually close the Ashram to everything except the temple services. This means that we will celebrate the full-moon January 10, as usual with a fire ceremony at 10am followed by a feast and reopen with the new-moon fire ceremony at 10am on January 24 with the fire ceremony and a feast. 

 

This is also the time of Makar Sankrant, January 14, when the Sun begins its northern ascent according to the Indian calendar and the spiritual energy is rising. It is an auspicious time for prayer, meditation, and other spiritual pursuits. Shri Babaji said that is a time when there are no negative influences on the earth. It feels like very good timing for quiet time at the Ashram.

 

What it will this look like? The same schedule will be followed of paduka puja at 5:45am followed by a small fire ceremony at 6:25am and aarati at 7am. However, after aarati people will not be invited down for chai or a meal and the Shop will be closed. The temple will remain open all day for quiet meditation and we will sing aarati in the evening from 6pm until 7pm. Once again, visitors will not be invited down to the earthship for tea or a meal afterwards, however.

 

This feels like a necessary step to take so that we can be revitalized to serve all of you that are so dear to our hearts. Thank you for your support and understanding in this matter.

 

In deep deep gratitude and love to you all, 

Ramloti

 

 

Ceremonies and Schedule

 

The new-moon fire ceremony will be on Tuesday, November 26 and the next full-moon fire ceremony is on Wednesday, December 11. 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 daily small fire ceremony is at 6:20am. We do not have the small fire ceremony when we have our large fire ceremony on new and full moons. The Maha Lakshmi Shop is open every day from 9am 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.)

 

 

 

 

Ashram Holiday On Line Fundraiser Auction

 

Many people enjoyed our holiday on-line auction last year. It was a great opportunity to buy something for loved ones or yourself and know you are supporting the Ashram. We already have over 130 wonderful items this year. We have several hand-made malas, both wrist and 108 size with sacred beads from Shri Babaji's personal malas. We also have tulsi malas from Shri Babaji and wrist malas made from a rose quartz mala from the Divine Mother. JD Marston donated many new fine prints to the auction, and James O'Dea donated his wonderful signed books. We have lovely and fun jewelry, musical instruments, wall hangings, and art. Rita Beuralt is also painting a special mixed-media pie of Maha Lakshmi for the auction. We will post it when it is ready.

 

See all this and more at www.biddingforgood.com/babajiashram

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Next Long-Time Resident Hermitage Has the First Coat of Stucco!

 

The hermitage is getting the stucco on the outside since our weather here has stayed so mild. We are getting plumbing and electrical inspections so we can close up the interior walls. For this last phase of the construction Bill, who many of you have met in our kitchen, will be leading the crew, which consists of all karma yogis; Will, Anthony, and Jonathan. It is exciting as each step takes place and the hermitage comes closer to completion. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We can still use your support of this project. Please donate as you are able so that we can build the whole hermitage this year.  Click here to go to our donate link You can pay with a credit card or paypal, or you can send a check to HUA at P.O. Box 9, Crestone, CO 81131. Thank you again.

 

 

Remember that Ashram YouTube Channel is Available to All: just click here

 

Lots of great videos of Devotee's Stories and we keep getting some inspiring remarks that I will share with you from time to time. just click here

 

That's a really beautiful story, thank you for sharing. It's a very high teaching you received – something with the potential to blow your mind and bring you into heaven quickly. This thing about time – Babaji the timekeeper receiving the jewels of time! The magician’s waistcoat in your favourite colours! The meeting of all moments into a single gesture, the hand offering a talisman – again. How this happens cannot be known, but that the past and future are extensions of the present is a fact. Like you, I tended to think things out, but gave up using the mind to analyze God. It is simply ecstasy in motion and love is the dynamo that drives this. And like you I stumbled before the teachings, picked myself up, started again. Oh Lord! The thing is, Babaji teachings are from another dimension. Translated into this dimension they are ‘His’ leela. Babaji bestowed divine knowledge, seemingly spontaneously, by the bushel load. Babaji was a divine dynamo of love in motion.

 

I heard a quote from Babaji that "you cannot dream about me, it is only i who can come to you in your dream". Interesting. In 1990 i visited Haidakhan ashram hoping to meet Babaji. Unfortunately he passed on in 1984. I stayed in the dormitory in the ashram, all on my own. Very first night i had a dream that Babaji floated into the dorm, took me by the hand and showed me around the ashram. I had never dreamed of him before that and have never dreamed of his since. So in essence, i guess he made sure i did 'meet' him and my journey wasnt in vain. True story.

 

Thank you Karku! I love this description so much. It is so brave a thing to try to put into words those deepest profound incidents that have torn the veil and changed us forever. The accuracy with which you recite this story, naturally a precious and energy-charged reminiscence, is both marvellous and illuminating. But also how hilarious! There is Baba trying to ameliorate a situation of entirely unnecessary panic (for Babaji, Prem Baba had not gone anywhere) this unholy disturbance invading the tranquility of the valley! And the monkey leela – gathering in the leaping mind! So priceless! Om namah Shivaya!

 

The Ashram Board of Directors

 

The Ashram is so grateful to have a great Board of Directors who are continually giving of their time and love in service here. The photo shows our last Board and Staff work session preparing for our Board meeting next week. It has been a while since we have acknowledged our Board, so we would like to let you know who they are.

Our Chair is Linda Joseph from Villa Grove

President is Ramloti from the Ashram

Vice President is Mark Rosen from Crestone

Treasurer is Ajay Pradhan from Denver

Secretary is William Howell from Crestone

Board members are:

Sastri Jayanti from Alamosa

Noah Baen from Crestone

Mindy Vanderford from Crestone

Jonathan Yates from the Ashram

Catrina Mianecki\Rosen from Crestone

We also have three liaison members from the Samaj. They are: Lok Nath from Tacoma, Peggy Thompson from Eugene, and Gayatri Devi from Crestone

 

Perhaps this winter I will have time to interview some of the newer members so that you can become more familiar with them and their work. The wide range of expertise and experience that they all bring to Board is so enriching and we are so grateful to have them all at the helm.

 

THE AMERICAN HAIDAKHAN SAMAJ

 

 The American Haidakhan Samaj (AHS) is a service organization which was created at the request of Haidakhan Baba in 1983. The Samaj is a non-profit membership organization which provides education, publications, and support to the American Babaji community and maintains relationships with the Indian Samaj and international Babaji community.

 

Currently our projects are Love Our Earth, and we host quarterly Babaji Community meetings which are open to everyone. Love Our Earth is an environmental minded group who has several ongoing projects including tree planting and supporting the Wild Animal Sanctuary in the Denver area.

 

The Babaji Community Zoom meetings are designed to connect people who are interested in the Haidakhan spiritual path.  The meetings are open to all for inspiration, spiritual support and to discuss ideas and projects.  The next Community Zoom meeting is in January.  We also get together annually at the Ashram every July or August.  We hope you can join us.

 

For more information visit the Samaj website: www.babajisamaj.us

Our Facebook pages are Babaji American Samaj and Sri Haidakhan Babaji Center News.

To get in touch with us you may email samaj108@yahoo.com

 

Karma Yoga at the Ashram

 

The big projects this month is continuation of the building of the hermitage, these photos are shown above. We also repaired the septic tank for the hermitage site, put in a new french-drain for the pujari room, and deep cleaning has continued in all of the buildings. Going into the woods on the Ashram land and cutting up the fallen trees for fire wood has also been a large job. We are happy to say that we have plenty of wood now for the winter for heating the dorm and yurt and at the sacred fire pit, we probably have plenty of wood to use through Spring Navrati in 2020. Thank you to all who are helping with this as well as with the cooking, cleaning the temple, washing dishes, stocking the Shop, raking the water system, working in the greenhouse, serving food, orchestrating fire ceremonies and all the many delicious bhandaras.