Guru’s Grace and Disciples Grace

By Barbara (Girijananda) Hess, Board Member

As a Board member, I support GeoCenters, help plan and support Local Mandali activities and support both in-person and Zoomed Mandali Travel programs. Other sevites work with me in these amazing sevas.  I feel we are the extended hands of Gurudevi and the other swamis.  We reach out to our larger community.

We are also the hands and arms of Svaroopa® yoga teachers reaching to the Ashram.  The reciprocal flow of shakti is palpable.  I have the good fortune to see the dedicated service that Gurudevi, the Swamis and the Ashram staff and sevites provide.  In turn I see the dedicated service each Svaroopa® yoga teacher provides.  Each serves their students, community and the Ashram, powerfully modeling disciples’ grace in response to Guru’s Grace.

As the pandemic took hold, it seemed as if “What the world needs now is more yoga!”  Our Ashram answered the call.  The Ashram website has always provided extensive free teachings.  But last year, Gurudevi added twice daily mantra repetition in the free Japa Club.  Our social media presence expanded, with more content for new yogis on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.  This outreach is a greater presence in the world, which also supports the promotion of Svaroopa® yoga in your community.  Our five swamis also offer free Zoom programs for local teachers to host for their community.  

This has been a year of challenges.  But your yoga and your Ashram have supported you through them. I can see clearly how this has supported me in these challenging times.  What I can do to make a difference is to support the yoga organization that supports me. I have offered dakshina (financial gifts) to the Ashram over the past years. I increased these gifts this past year.  I ask you to do the same.  Now is the time to gift the organization that gives so much to each of us and the world.  The Ashram is a nonprofit organization.  As such it cannot expand and grow without consistent financial support.

You play an important role.  Yoga opens a two-way door, the light shining in and the light emanating out.  You allow access inward, to the deeper dimensions of your being.   You allow access outward, shining the light of Consciousness out into the world. 

One way I truly see this two-way door is in the Teaching Online Therapeutics (TOT).  This  online teacher training is revolutionary.  Many teachers report wonderful personal benefits as well as healing benefits for their students.  I had a significant physical challenge the end of 2020.  Through the care of a Svaroopa® yoga teacher and her offering me TOT poses, I was well supported in healing.  I gave and will continue to give extra financial support to the Ashram in her honor.  It is a way to celebrate her as well as to give to the organization that gives so much.

Gurudevi says, “In supporting any organization and serving others, you put your body, mind and heart all to work at the same time.  With these three capacities all focused in one direction, you can make a difference in the world.   And uplift yourself at the same time.”

I ask you too to reflect upon the gifts flowing your way through the Ashram.  Financially supporting the Ashram allows these gifts to continue flowing to you and the world. “What the world needs now is more yoga!”

Direct a gift to the Ashram through our website donation page:

Light the Way, supporting outreach and technology

Maintain the Miracle Factory, supporting Teacher Training

Give Blessings to the World, supporting our free programs

You can donate on Facebook.  You can call us at (610) 644-7555.  Or you can send your check to Svaroopa Vidya Ashram, 116 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown, PA 19335.  Thank you.

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