Ashram Newsletter - August, 2020

August 3, 2020

Dear Friends,

 

These last eight days of Savan have been very powerful and I have been so appreciating the vows I made that help me dive deeper into learning about, meditating on, and praying to Lord Shiva. I learned early on that to love God, first you had to know about Him/Her. All of these stories from the Shiva Purana that I am reading and listening to help me know Lord Shiva better.

 

In these early mornings of silence in the temple, I am remembering more stories with Shri Babaji, one follows. As I was lifting our very large, about 30lb, black marble Shiva Lingam, I recalled a time that I was in the kirtan hall by myself cleaning or something and Shri Babaji came in. He beckoned to me to come over and as I pranamed to Him, He said, "You lift me." So, just being in the bliss of the moment, I put my arms around His legs and lifted Him up, He was as "light as a feather". In a minute or so, however, my mind clicked in and I began to question whether I was being respectful and wondering how I could lift Him when He was much bigger than I was, and what if I dropped Him, and on and on. All of a sudden, He became heavier and heavier and I had to put Him down. He then went out of the hall leaving me a bit dazed and uncertain about what this was all about.

 

I had a similar experience here at the Ashram in Crestone. I was carrying the large photo of Shri Babaji to the havan kund which at first was easy to carry, almost "as light as a feather". It was a very busy time at the Ashram and I began to think about all I had to do and worry about what if I was not able to get it all done in time. As I walked with these thoughts, the photo became heavier and heavier, so heavy that I thought I might drop it. I suddenly remembered my experience in 1981 with Babaji in the kirtan hall and realized it was my thoughts and worry that were heavy, not the photo of Babaji.

 

I have learned that lesson many times of late such as when I get up at 3am after only a few hours of sleep. I find if I do not think and worry about how many hours of sleep I got but rather on my excitement to go in and bathe and dress Mother and Baba, I often become "light as a feather". (I do take a nap later in the morning!) And if I take the bookkeeping or filling out applications or whatever is on my desk, one step at a time, it just is lighter and easier.

 

Monday, the last day of Savan, is also the full-moon celebrating Raksha Bandhan. Raksha means protection and bandhan means bond. It is when sisters tie a red string or Rakhi on the wrist of their brothers. Any one who wants protection can get a raksha bandhan. It is the Guru's blessing and protection when He ties one on you. I remember it as a very special time in the kirtan hall when Shri Babaji tied a fancy string on each of our wrists. I took it as a symbol that He would always watch over my children and I. Here is a photo of my son, Jacob, receiving his from Shri Babaji. 

We are so blessed to have Shri Babaji, the Divine Mother, and loving Teachers in our lives watching over, guiding, and protecting us.

 

In deep deep gratitude and love to you all, 

Ramloti

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Last Savan Shiva Lingam Abeshekam

 

Tomorrow is the last day of this dharmic and lovely month of Savan, the month of Lord Shiva. The Five Nectars creating Immortal Bliss will be poured individually over the Shiva Lingam tomorrow morning at 5:30am MT for the last Monday of Savan. If you send your name, it will be read at the puja tomorrow. We will also read all the names we received last week as well as all of our donors during this last month. You may email us at info@babajiashram.org or leave a message at 719-256-4108.

 

This week each substance will be poured individually in this order:
Milk - symbolizing the Ocean of Clarity and Infinite Paramatman which is the universal or eternal Soul. Param meaning “highest” or “supreme,” and atman, meaning “self,” “soul” or “individual spirit.”
Yogurt - symbolizing congealed solidification of individualized consciousness or jiva-atman, which is the individual soul or self merging it with the supreme atman.
Ghee - symbolizing the illumination of unity of the infinite and the manifest in greatest harmony.
Honey - symbolizing the nourishment that comes from illuminating this unity between the supreme and the individual soul.
Sugar - symbolizing the sweetness that arises when the jiva-atman merges with the Paramatman, which create the nectar of immortal bliss by our devotion giving us the privilege of worshipping and being in the presence of the Divine.

 

We will video the pouring of these five substances during the Shiva Lingam Abeshekam. What is shown here is last week's pouring of the 5 ingredients together in panchamrit and sacred water from the holy rivers. Om Namah Shivaya!

 

Ceremonies and Schedule

 

Here is a photo of malas being made from the flowers in the garden for the full-moon fire ceremony tomorrow. The next new-moon fire ceremony will be on Tuesday, August 18. These will both be live-streamed on Facebook (Haidakhandi Universal Ashram page) at 10am MT as the Ashram is still not open to visitors. If you do not do Facebook, the fire ceremony and chanting will be posted on YouTube on Ramloti Wood channel by 12 noon on the day of the ceremony. 

 

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.)

 

 

A Note about Fundraising Buttons

 

 

You will normally see either a link to our GofundMe Campaign or a fundraising button on most of our posts and live-streams. Please do not think that this is to oblige anyone to give if they have already donated or are not able to do so. It is simply that different people see these posts all the time and some would like to give to the support of the Ashram and the easier it is, the more likely they are to follow through. You can think of them as donation boxes when you enter the temple or earthship. Thank you for your understanding and continued support and may Shri Babaji and the Divine Mother fill your lives with blessings and protection. 

 

 

We Still Have Our GoFundMe Campaign Going. We Really Appreciate and Need the Support During this Time of Closure.

 

With the Ashram, Temple, and Shop remaining closed to all visitors until further notice, our major source of funding has been cut off. With the upswing in coronavirus cases around the country, it feels unwise and irresponsible to try to safely accomodate the hundreds of visitors that come here with proper safe distancing and sanitation protocol. We hope you understand and support our concern for the health of everyone involved. As most of you know, the visitors and shoppers coming to the Ashram are a major part of our revenue to pay the bills at the Ashram. Since we have been closed now for almost 5 months, we have been counting on people donating through different modalities. The GoFundMe Campaign has been a major source of funding and we are so tremendously grateful. If you are able to donate, even a small amount, it all means a great deal to us and the truth is if everyone receiving this newsletter donated $25, we would be well supported. Please click here to donate to this fund. We also deeply appreciate your prayers and caring thoughts. 

 

 

Another New Program to Inspire and Keep you Engaged

 

As you may have noticed, the Ashram has been striving to continually reach out with services, discourses, workshops, meditations, video chanting and pujas, corresponding, new pages of instructions on our website (under Ashram) and live-streams to help keep folks connected and inspired during this difficult time.

 

With the completion of this last month of Lord Shiva, we will turn from discourses on the Shiva Purana to discourses on the Srimad Devi Bhagavatam translated (in two volumes) by Dr. Pushpendra Kumar. We will also begin a book study group that will meet each Friday afternoon at 2pm MT on Zoom beginning this week. If you would like to be included and receive the Zoom link, please email us at info@babajiashram.org.

 

This is a very big book and we may only get through a portion of it since it is over 1,500 pages long. Participants, however, will not need to purchase the book (available on Amazon) since the daily discourses that we will be discussing will be on YouTube on the Ramloti Wood Channel and posted on facebook. We did this study group over 15 years ago and it was an amazing time together to deepen our understanding and experience of this beautiful purana on the Divine Mother. Some of the participants from those days will be joining us again. If you have any questions, please feel free to email or call at 719-256-4108. Jai Ma! 

 

 

Karma Yoga at the Ashram

 

We continue to maintain Baba and Mother's beautiful home here in the Rockies of Colorado. We are also working hard to keep it running on as small a budget as possible. As we are finding many of the sources of wholesale purchasing that we utilized in the past, no longer available, we are seeing how many things we can do without or make in-house. Last newsletter we shared about making our own ghee, rosewater, granola, raw organic chocolate, pates, yogurt, gluten-free pie crusts, and baked goodies, here are more of our latest projects. 

 

We are blessed this year with an abundant orchard of apples, plums, and apricots, so we are drying them for prasad, making jam, pies, and gluten free desserts from them all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have so many apricots this prolific season, we are sharing some with our Board members at the bottom of the driveway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also found a great source for bulk organic almonds and are now making our own almond milk and almond flour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The pujas, gardens, lawns, and Shop are also all being taken care of with love and dedication.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 donate by clicking here and scrolling down (you can even set up a monthly tithe). We deeply appreciate all of you that do tithe monthly to the Ashram. 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

 

Calendar of Events for 2020

 

New Moon Fire Ceremonies - Aug. 18, Sept. 17, Oct 16

Full Moon Fire Ceremonies -  Aug. 3, Sept. 1, Oct. 1

 

Fall Navratri - October 17 - 25

 

You can see the full calendar of events at our website.

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Maha Lakshmi Shop Report

 

it is an unusual time, but the Shop goes on supporting the Ashram. We are either walking to the bottom of the driveway and delivering items or we are sending them through the mail. Either way we are grateful for your support and it is fun to see our friends at the bottom of the driveway.

 

Here are some of the items on line at Maha Lakshmi Shop website. The prices range from $15 - $144.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We still have this lovely oil painting of Shri Babaji by our local devotee and artist, Rita Berault. It is 26" by 36" and will sale for $395 plus shipping if not picked up personally. Call us at 719-256-4108 to discuss this. 

We have a great supply of puja and havan items. You can purchase some of them on line at our website under devotional items at: https://mahalakshmishop.wazala.com Many items, however, are too unique to put on line, so you are always welcome to call and order at 719-256-4108. You can ask to have photos sent of our items, it is really nice to connect in this way. You may also email us at shop@babajiashram.org. We are happy to bless an item at Baba's and Mother's feet for you or drop ship items to your loved ones around the country. We take Visa, MasterCard or Discover.

 

The Shop is a major supporter of the Ashram. We deeply appreciate your patronage.

 

Maha Lakshmi Mata Ki Jai!

 

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