Ashram Newsletter - Ganesh Chaturthi, 2020

August 17, 2020

Dear Friends,

 

In summer of 1981, my children and I were in Haidakhan with Shri Babaji. You have heard many of these stories and the bottom line is that things were happening very fast and I often did not know what to make of them.

 

Fast forward to today in Crestone in the temple in the mornings. There is always a moment when I am bathing and drying our murti of Shri Babaji that I am particularly touched with gratitude for all of Baba's beneficence and grace. As I pour the water over His head and dry it with a cloth, I am reminded of when He told my children and I to shave our heads in 1981. I will not relate my children's experience and teaching here, only mine. 

 

He told the three of us to have mundane at the evening aarati and the next morning I found the barber, Moti Singh, and asked if he would give me mundan (shave my head). It was a very strong experience to have my head so exposed and every speck of sun, wind, or chill was felt through my body. When I went for morning darshan with Shri Babaji, He had me wait there while He had someone fetch some oil. When the oil arrived, He rubbed it in His hands and massaged it into my head.

 

As I write this, I am overwhelmed to tears with the energy that He was giving me. He often said mundan was to clear the landing pad so that God could land on our head, it truly was a landing of His love, protection, and guidance that I can feel until this day when I tune in. So each morning when I bathe our powerful murti of Haidakhan Baba and dry His head I am transported back to that moment and find myself touching and rubbing His head in gratitude and even sometimes in disbelief that this could have happened to me.

 

 

We are so blessed to have Baba and Mother in our lives along with all the other deities that are there to teach us something about ourselves, guide us, and watch over us. We have another opportunity this week to sink into the energy of the "Lord of the Multitudes", Lord Ganesh.

 

 We will be celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi beginning at 11:32 AM on Friday, Aug 21, since this is the auspicious time in our time zone to begin. This festival is celebrating the arrival of Ganesh on earth to His Mother Goddess Parvati/Gauri. The festival celebrates Lord Ganesh as the God of New Beginnings and the Remover of Obstacles as well as the God of wisdom and intelligence. Since we have statues of Ganesh in every building, our cars, and altars, we will be doing pujas to all of them as well as chanting His praises. We will be reciting the names of everyone that requests at the special Ganesh altar that morning asking for His blessings. If you would like to be included, just let us know. You can email us at info@babajiashram.org. No donation is necessary for this. We will also be remembering the names of all donors so if you would like to donate you can click here.

 

As the temple is still closed to visitors, the puja and chanting will be live-streamed at https://www.facebook.com/ramloti.wood as well as recorded for later viewing on YouTube at Ramloti Wood channel. We want to keep connected and please let us know what else we could put on-line for you.

 

We want to reach out with prayers, love, and support to all who have been adversely effected by this time of intense turmoil in the world. To those that have lost loved ones, please be assured that your names are at the feet of the Divine Mother and Baba and continually in our prayers. 

 

We are grateful for all of your support and love. May Shri Babaji's and the Divine Mother's Blessings be abundant in your lives.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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Srimad Devi Bhagavatam Study Group

 

The daily discourses on the Srimad Devi Bhagavatam translated (in two volumes) by Dr. Pushpendra Kumar, continue. We post them daily on Facebook and can be found at least by the afternoon, on YouTube on the Ramloti Wood channel. To see earlier ones, click on the library to view past Srimad Devi discourses. 

Our book study group on Fridays afternoon at 2pm MT on Zoom is a wonderful way to go deeper into the readings. It is said to love Mother, knowing Her more is a good way to do this. There are so many references in prayers, readings, and chants to Her various deeds, this is a great way to know more of them. It has been a very inspirational time and if you would like to be included in our weekly Friday group and receive the Zoom link, please email us at info@babajiashram.org.

 

This is a very big book that Shri Shastriji reads each day of Spring and Fall Navratri. 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! 

 

 

Ceremonies and Schedule

 

The next new-moon fire ceremony will be tomorrow Tuesday, August 18 and the next  full-moon is on Tuesday, September 1. 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 often see either a link to our GofundMe Campaign or a fundraising button on many 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. 

 

 

Karma Yoga at the Ashram

Still plenty of karma yoga. Here are a few photos from the last couple of weeks. Lots going on to keep Mother and Baba's home in tip top shape. 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!

 

The garden is prolific, harvesting potatoes for the year already, purple, yellow, red, and white! Beautiful flowers for the temple and cabbage and brocilli too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Krishna Puja was so lovely and then came cleaning up all the dishes afterwards.

 Freezing and drying the garden produce for after the season ends.

 Organizing and selling on-line and delivering packages to the bottom of the driveway.

 

 Still harvesting apricots, cabbage, greens, peppers, and basil, we are so grateful!

Pickling overflow cucumbers and green beans.

 

Finishing the vanity and the solar electricity in the hermitage. 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

This being the celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi we are happy to share with you some special items. These are mostly not on our website so to order call us at 719-256-4108 or email us at shop@babajiashram.org. We are happy to deliver them at the bottom of the driveway or of course send them through the mail.

 

 8" x 10" Framed Ganesh - $27

 

 Magnificent Brass Sitting Ganesh 23" - $441

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wooden Ganesh Box 4"x4" & 4"x3.5"- $9         Cotton Handwoven Bedspread 64"x94" - $15

 Beautiful Brass 14" Seated Ganesh - $270

 

 Brass 3-Tone Ganesh on Swing - 9" - $108

Hand-made Paper Ganesh Journal - 7" Tall - $9 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4" Sitting Brass Ganesh - $36                                                 2" Sitting Brass Ganesh - $18

 

Aluminum 2-toned Sitting Ganesh 20" - $297

 

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 $295 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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