Going Beyond Image
Swami Radha, 1992
In this historic video from the original Temple opening in 1992, Swami Radha talks about the Temple first being built in the unseen. She describes how to go beyond image to access the place of Light.
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Temple Past & Future
The Ashram is now preparing for the redesign and rebuild of the Temple of Light. The planning phases for the rebuild will span 2015, with hopes to have construction underway and completed in 2016. In the meantime, we have the beautiful transitional Temple to inspire us!
In this video Swami Radhananda visits the transitional Temple and talks about the Temple past and future.
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Sustaining a Community of Light
“Stay together, love each other, support this Work and the Ashram…”
– from Swami Radha’s last message.
Swami Radha left all of us a treasure – a sacred place to discover, a community of Light that inspires us to connect to our deepest selves… the Ashram.
Each year, the Ashram residents plan for the ongoing care of this inheritance – balancing day-to-day operations with new projects and programming. Proactive stewardship is our guide. Among our 2015 initiatives, we will enter the design phase of the new Temple, offer a new Timeless Books publication and expand our Internship Program.
We need your help to sustain Swami Radha’s vision for a community of Light. Make your donation today.
Thank you for all you have given.
Growing into Family Life
Magdalena Angel and Andrew Fafard grew as individuals, as a couple, and as parents-to-be during their November participation in Yasodhara Ashram’s Young Adult Program (YAP). They are grateful for the good foundation they laid for their next steps.
“The Hatha and workshops provided the time and space for us both to reflect, and to begin developing a relationship with the baby that is growing inside of me,” says Magdalena. The baby is due in March 2015. “The space to be reflective, individually and as a family with the little one, has been a nice reset,” agrees Andrew.
After Magdalena spent four weeks in YAP this spring, Andrew noticed she was calm and content upon her return. Now, from his own first experience, he appreciates the practical nature of the teachings that helped him “unpack, unlearn and relearn” in positive ways. They recognize too the Karma Yoga learnings they can take back into daily life.
With a copy of the Temple Songbook in hand, they will continue singing bhajans and mantra, knowing the vibrations bring balance to themselves and benefit the growing baby.
They describe the Ashram as a “very considerate community. This has been a rewarding experience and we highly recommend it.”
Order an Eco-Journal Online
Start the New Year with a Yasodhara Ashram journal – or gift one to a friend. You can now order these customized journals at our new Yasodhara Online Store.
The turquoise-cover journals come either lined or blank. Made of 100% post-consumer recycled paper, soy inks, water-based dyes and adhesives, they are 100% acid and chlorine-free. And they are just the right size for recording your thoughts, dreams and insights!
We hope you enjoy the Ashram’s new online shopping option, where you can buy the full range of Timeless Books, CDs and DVDs, past issues of Ascent magazine (in print or downloadable PDF format), and other select merchandise.
Directing our Energy in 2015
Community-wide involvement during November Planning Month is moving us into 2015 with clarity about where our energy needs to be directed.
Led by Paris Marshall Smith and Rebecca Dale, the Ashram met in small and large gatherings to look at what we accomplished in the past year and what needs to be done in the year ahead. Individuals, areas and hubs asked themselves, “What is the best use of our energy” given that the focus for 2015 is on creating the Temple and developing alternative forms of income generation.
We learned that our six working areas now hold a high level of ownership and autonomy and are ready to tackle multi-year plans and more intra-area coordination. Each area is also considering how to work more consciously as a teaching centre.
Our discussions show that as a community we are increasingly able to translate our experience into action and to share our knowledge with greater transparency. With budget and plans in hand, we are ready for 2015!
A Healing Headstand
Michael Wou, Ashram friend and brand designer, recently attended the Yoga of Healing Retreat. In Montreal, Michael was under the stress of caring for his wife, who had been very ill, looking after his kids, his business and communicating to extended family and friends. During the retreat, he realized that his understanding of healing needs to change.
I am always surprised what I learn at the Ashram because it turns things upside down. In the retreat I realized I had the idea of healing all backwards! I thought if I took care of everyone else and they were fine, then I would be fine.
Instead I learned that I need to take care of myself first so I can be a better caregiver. It is about making space for myself and understanding that everything will be okay if I trust in life and the Light. In making that space, I am taken care of and everything falls where it should.
The environment and support here is incredible and so very healing. I felt like the whole Ashram conspired to help me. It is difficult to explain, but when you are here you know it. I’m walking out so full of answers and Light.
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