Monthly Archives: March 2016

All Aboard!

By Amala Cattafi, President
SVA Board of Directors
Namaste Svaroopis!  In January, I had the great honor to accompany Swamiji to her Boston satsang. It was amazing! While I know many of the dear yogis in the Boston, I had never attended a community event there.
When we arrived, nearly 100 yogis were awaiting Swamiji, with everyone doing japa. You could feel the depth of devotion, the love, and the Grace flowing through the room. The Boston community, like many of our other GeoCenters, understands the importance of coming together to support each other’s growth, as well as to support the sustenance and expansion of the Svaroopa® Sciences. The level of their generosity and commitment moved me greatly!
In writing this article for this leg of our Capital Campaign for Lokananda, it was clear to me that I wanted to share the big picture of my Boston satsang experience with you.  In order for an individual yoga studio to grow and thrive, there must be committed teachers who want to bring the experience of the Self to their students and their local community. That must grow into supporting students to go on and become teachers in their own right, which grows individual yoga studios into thriving GeoCenters pulsating with Grace, benefiting everyone. It requires generosity and selflessness to comprehend and support this big picture view.
IMG_20160205_203711Lokananda is the mother ship of Svaroopa® yoga worldwide. Plus it is your personal place to learn about and soak in the experience of the truth and joy of your own Self. To have such a physical place of pulsating Grace is a blessing. Yet that reality can be under-appreciated or forgotten in the midst of daily life. While you easily feel it when you are in a program, it is easy to become distracted when you return home.
Just as your own practice needs constant attention, so it does not deteriorate, our pulsating 130 year-old-grand lady needs attention and maintenance. Just call a roofing contractor for a quote on a membrane roof and you will see only a small piece of what this entails!
I want to thank the 65 yogis who have already contributed to our Bliss Place campaign.  In the last 5 weeks, they have added $26,979 to bring our total collected and pledged up to $63,348.  We are 42% of the way to our $150,000 goal.
Just as your personal practice is an expression of your commitment, so is your financial support. It is easy to forget the financial realities of what it takes to maintain such a building. While I am not a sports fan, I respect the team effort a sport takes, all working together for the one goal. So it must be with our community. All yogis, longtime teachers and new students, whether you favor the asana courses, the meditation programs, or both – ALL of us have a stake in getting to the goal… of raising enough capital to maintain our mother ship in the very best condition.
Please donate today! Those of you who are committed and generous donors, while I continue to thank you, please don’t stop now! For those of you who have been sitting on the sidelines, now is the time to step up and dive in. Your pulsating, Grace-filled, Bliss Place building needs YOU! YES, YOU….
This is the big picture view.
OM svaroopa svasvabhava namo nama.h

A Place to Flourish

Kevin wwwBy Kevin Maloney, SVA Business Manager

I spent two decades in corporate operations before joining the Ashram as Business Manager one year ago. As I contrast that experience with what I have witnessed since I came on board at SVA, some thoughts rise to the surface. Any organization needs to be responsible, meet its financial obligations, take care of the day-to-day requirements of operating in this day and age, set goals, and overcome obstacles. In many respects, the operations of this organization are no different from the operations of any corporate organization. Where the big contrast enters is in the areas of motivation and vision.

IMG_8210As for motivation, why do staff members come to work at SVA for less money than they could make somewhere else? Why do so many community members volunteer so much of their precious time and resources to help this organization operate? What is that motivation? Can you put a finger on it? Or is it a gentle, mysterious feeling deep inside that moves you and moves them?
As for vision, how can an organization use finances, not to generate more finances, but to further the vision of helping people experience Reality? How can we function efficiently and within the constraints of today’s world, and still carry the thread of our vision through everything we do?  How can we operate in a way that we can sustain the organization and yet also have just one goal of helping the people in our community deepen their experience of yoga, meditation, and the Divine?

As you ponder the questions about motivation, we here at SVA ponder the questions about acting out the vision. Thus, there is something happening here at SVA. This motivation and vision have yielded the practical results of a beautiful environment for programs and for deepening. We call it Lokananda. This Place of Bliss, which is what Lokananda means, is a physical building about 130 years old. It brings with it practical realities of renovation and maintenance in the tangible world. It brings the practical reality of finances, which means SVA still needs funding to complete what has been started (with stunning results to date!).

I am honored to give voice to our administrative team. They are truly dedicated to our vision and have that motivation I mention above. We are poised as an operation, and as a community, to flourish. We hope you join the effort to complete the Lokananda make-over and truly make her into our (your!) home for the long run. Join the 62 Svaroopis who have contributed so far.  Take this renewed opportunity to donate. We need your help.  Be generous.

Click here to donate or phone us at 610.644.7555.

Sweet Home Lokananda

By Saguna Goss
SagunaI must confess. My bliss is still dependent on my location. In shopping for a new home last year, I viewed houses of all shapes and sizes, trying to find the right one. In each location, I would stop and ask myself, “Will I be happy here?” My answer was not always “Yes.” Clearly I need to do more yoga.
IMG_8210Luckily our Svaroopa® yoga community now has a place, Lokananda, dedicated to bliss. What do communities typically dedicate spaces to? They dedicate space for learning as they establish schools and universities. They dedicate space for a socializing when they build a community hall. With war memorials communities dedicate space to honor veterans. Communities, and the people in them, dedicate space to things that are important to them. We who practiceSvaroopa® yoga and meditation have dedicated a place to bliss, the bliss of your inner knowingness. How auspicious!

Because my bliss is still dependent on location, I am extremely grateful for Lokananda. I was travelling from Calgary Canada to a recent program there, the immigration agent asked me, “Where are you going today?” My heart and mind resoundingly exclaimed on the inside, “Home! I’m going to my home, Lokananda.” Of course, I told the agent that I was going to a yoga retreat in Downingtown. Yet I truly felt as though I was going home, the place where I feel most like myself because it gives me my Self.

We have this amazing new location that supports our yoga practices. Everything you need is under one roof, literally, providing ease and support for your inner exploration. Every modern day quote on the wall links back to a sutra, and every mirror reminds you to look for bliss on the inside. It is all designed to give you what yoga promises. And it still needs more work in order to fully support our community.

Every donation makes a difference. Click here to donate.

Value of Immersion

“To have the immersion experience of doing regular practices and personal connection with Swamiji that helped keep me close to my SELF.”

“I thought it to be a very well planned immersion. I learned so very much and it made me so excited to continue my journey. I am very grateful for this experience.”


With your donations, we have been able to move our immersions into our new campus – Lokananda.  Whether your Yogimmersion is a weekend, a retreat or a professional training, you can look forward to thinking about nothing except what you are learning and the experience of your Self. You will experience Bliss multiplied exponentially.

The sacred space of Lokananda gives you easy access to your Self, so you can take your Self home with you. Please donate to our Capital Campaign so we can continue to grow our full immersion programs at Lokananda: Your Bliss Place. Every donation makes a difference. Click here to donate.