By Gurudevi Nirmalananda
One of my greatest memories is standing in the boat at the base of Niagara Falls. I was wonderfully overwhelmed by its power and beauty, along with its incredible roar. Yet it felt very familiar to me. It felt just like when I was living with my Guru in his Ashram.
The power and beauty of what he made available to us every day was mind-blowing, yet in a most propitious way. My mind and body were reformatted in that flow of energy emanating from him, for he was a powerhouse of Divine Grace. He gave the whole place an incredible vibe.
I opened Svaroopa® Vidya Ashram to offer you the same. You can melt into that flow or tap into it from a distance. It’s available. That’s the point. An Ashram exists to serve those who want to be served. It’s like how I plug my mobile phone in at the charging station every day — the Ashram is a place where you can plug in. And you can plug in from home.
My Teachings Article and podcasts have been online freebies for over ten years. We began teaching in conference calls around 20 years ago. Plus the pandemic thrust us into offering many more and different types of online programs. I love being able to bring the teachings and practices right to your door.
But there’s something about being together in person. You probably know this from your own family gatherings in recent months. I see it happening when we chant together online. Everyone is actually chanting alone, singing along with a sound stream coming out of a device with a tiny picture of the other singers. It’s just not the same. It’s like looking at a photo of Niagara Falls. Amazing, but not overwhelming.
I want to overwhelm you with the power and beauty of your own Divinity. I delight in propelling you past your resistances. But I can do more for you when you come in. You can’t mute me when we’re together in the same room. You can tune me out, but I notice the glazed look in your eyes and do something to bring you back. Plus there’s an energy field here. We’ve created it, with hundreds of yogis doing practices here for more than a decade. It’s quite a vibe. It helps me help you. Come on in and marinate in it. It’s why I created an Ashram — for you.