Temple of Light and Rejuvenation Fund
TEMPLE OF LIGHT
The Temple of Light arose from the lifelong dream of the Ashram’s founder, Swami Radha – a dream in which people from all paths and spiritual traditions would connect with each other and share common ground. The Temple represents finding the Light in our own hearts and the sacred in all traditions.
The original Temple, completed in 1992, was destroyed by fire in 2014. The spirit of the Temple lives on in the new innovative rebuild that has evolved from the original design.
The new Temple has now risen from the ashes. From great loss has come refreshed beauty. From the fire, renewal and openness to new beginnings.
Your gift to the new Temple of Light will help us complete landscaping, renewing the disturbed ground and setting the Temple in a context that enhances the feeling of peace, harmony and sacred ground. Thank you!
Our work on landscaping has begun! See our first steps in the following video:
REJUVENATING AND REPURPOSING OUR BUILDINGS
“Use what we have first” has been one of the Ashram’s mottos since this spiritual centre first began in 1963. When the property was purchased, the abandoned buildings were converted into living, dining, class and devotional spaces. Most of the buildings in use at the Ashram today were built in the 1970s. We continue to care for and upgrade these buildings, and have repurposed several of them to allow for more guest and resident living space. This includes renovations for easier access for people with mobility limitations, more bathrooms and more welcoming places for families.
As more guests and Karma Yogis choose to visit the Ashram, our facility needs continue to grow. Currently, we need a structure where children can play and learn while protected from the sun and rain. In honour of our Saraswati lineage, we envision a designated space for art and music. As our long time sanyasins and residents age, we want them to be able to stay at the Ashram as long as they can. For this to be more possible, we would like to establish housing and facilities especially designed for elders.
WATER SYSTEM UPGRADE
The Ashram still relies on the water system that was put in place in the 1970’s. It is now time to upgrade this system so the Ashram can be more resilient as we experience the effects of climate change. Summers are increasingly hotter and drier and forest fires more frequent. Our need for a more robust water supply is evident.
“I am deeply grateful for the many opportunities I’ve had to be at Yasodhara over the years. You are all in my prayers as you rebuild the Temple.”
“In gratitude for the support and encouragement Yasodhara offers to all who seek the Light.”