Category Archives: Fundraiser

Being in Service 

By Kristine (Dhairyavati) Freeman, SVA Board Member 

It’s the season of giving thanks and lighting lights.  I am writing to ask you, please consider what your Svaroopa® yoga practices have done for you.  And then consider what sharing yoga with others will do for the world.  When you are in service, you are focused on giving your resources.  Seva is about giving of your time and energy. 

Giving of your resources is also about giving financial resources to benefit yourself and others.  Contributing from your financial resources in gratitude for your teacher and the teachings is called “dakshina.”  I invite you to engage in this profound yogic practice by donating to your Ashram

Personally, I have always wanted to be in service.  Growing up in the Catholic Church, I especially wanted to be of divine service.  I sooooo wanted to be up on the altar lighting candles and assisting our parish priest.  My young self deeply felt the injustice that I could not serve in that way.  At that time, this opportunity was available to boys but not girls. 

So I searched for another way to be in service each week.  I appointed myself as the one putting our family’s donation envelope in the collection basket.  Despite our limited financial resources, my mom always had a five-dollar donation ready.  She gave it to me to drop in the wicker basket.  I learned the joy of giving financial resources very early on. 

Gurudevi says, “Being of service is a way of receiving blessings.”  I have certainly experienced blessings from offering service.  Being of service to our Ashram has brought me such joy.  Whether I’m giving my time and energy, or giving from my financial resources, the experience is energizing.  It reconnects me with my Self.  It pulls me right back into the flow of Grace.  And it cultivates my ability to live from that expansive state of joy and Grace.  How great is that?! 

When you support the Ashram with a financial gift, you support the organization that supports you.  Plus, your financial gift supports the spread of Gurudevi’s profound teachings even more widely.  And you share the light of your own divinity with the world. 

Please join me in donating to our fall campaign today.  Click for our website or on our Facebook page.  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! 

Being in Service 

By Ruth (Rama) Brooke, SVA Board Member 

How great is the Guru’s capacity for Being in Service?  Gurudevi ascribes everything she does — every breath, every word, every action — to serving her Guru, Baba Muktananda.  She says, “It all comes from my Baba.”  She understands the generous gift Baba has given her — her Self.  She resides at Baba’s feet, serving him always.  She serves him by giving unceasingly to you and me.

I see Gurudevi modeling an abundant capacity for Being in Service, the theme of our Ashram’s fall fundraising campaign.  She sparks it within all of us students as she teaches the benefits of seva (selfless service) and dakshina (financial support).  She explains that through both, we stand to receive exponentially more than we give.   

So I ask you to join me in contributing to our Being in Service Fundraising Campaign today.  In giving, you share the light of your own divinity.  You shine it into a world that forgets its own essence too easily.  Your gift to the Ashram supports Gurudevi’s service.  Donations sustain the Ashram infrastructure and operations necessary to spread her profound teachings widely. 

How great is your capacity for Being in Service?  Our capacities are ever expanding.  We are bolstered by a lineage of Great Beings who have served throughout time.  We receive the ageless gift of Shaktipat.  It kindles our awareness, opening us to our capacities.  We’re divinely inspired to turn inward and steep in the essence of Beingness.  Gratitude naturally begins to well within.  We become motivated to share and to serve.  This natural cycle of giving and receiving is exemplified within our Svaroopa® community.   

Consider what Gurudevi has done for you.  Through your financial support, what she might do for others in the world?  For me, this inspires the next question.  How can I be of service, giving from a state of expanded awareness and beingness?  Over the years, I’ve been amazed at the capacities that have arisen within me.  The deeper I am based in Self, the more easily they arise and flow.  First, I was surprised to realize my capacity to teach yoga and then meditation.  Then came Guru Seva, serving on the Ashram Board and supporting various Ashram functions and programs.  I’ve developed skills I never knew I had. 

Gurudevi describes the impetus for the cycle of giving and receiving this way: 

The gratitude and generosity that bubble up from the deep well of your own essence are gifts from your yoga practices.  This has a tremendous effect on your body and your mind.  By giving of yourself, you get filled up.  It doesn’t come from being thanked.  It simply feels good to give. 

Gurudevi then adds that “true generosity opens your heart and quiets your mind.”  So I ask again: will you open your heart and quiet your mind with a donation to our Being in Service Fundraising Campaign today? 

Follow our Master Teacher’s example for Being in Service.  Contributing financially, you help sustain Ashram operations that support Gurudevi’s service to you and other seekers worldwide.  Choose the form of service, below, that most resonates with you:  

In Service to Your Body – support the Ashram’s yoga programs 

In Service to Your Mind – support the Ashram’s meditation programs 

In Service to the World – support the Ashram’s teachings by our swamis. 

Donate today on our website or 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! 

Giving Blessings, Receiving Blessings

By Lynn (Gurupremananda) Cattafi, Board Member 

I have personally found what Gurudevi says to be true, “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.”   

This quotation touches my heart because it describes my own “yoga in action” since the Ashram’s inception.  Gurudevi brings these mystical and ancient teachings into the world.  Assisting and supporting her is the most uplifting experience for me.   

Supporting your Ashram is the greatest gift you can give.  I encourage you to support the organization that supports you by making a donation to the Ashram’s spring fundraiser, “Giving Blessings.” 

Think of all that the Ashram has given you.  When many yoga studios were hunkering down or even closing, Gurudevi and the Ashram swamis continued to serve.  In fact, they were more active than ever.  Within 10 days of pandemic lockdown, then began providing online programs.  They brought Svaroopa® yoga into your home.  They reached out to shield you from the bumps and bruises of 2020.  They helped you to grow and further deepen into your Self during the shutdown.  

What better way to show your gratitude than by offering your financial assistance?  Your generosity, in any amount, is a grace-filled expression of your love for your yoga.  Your financial support enables Gurudevi to expand the Ashram’s reach.  That sends more blessings to the world.  What the world needs now is more yoga! 

When you support your Ashram, you pour your own blessings into the world. Your seva (selfless service) helps keep the Ashram running.  Your asana (yoga pose) practices uncover your own light, which shines into the world.  Your dakshina (financial support) sustains the Ashram in supporting you as well as the world.   

From my own experience, I know that integrating all three practices into your life is powerful.  Your heart opens and your mind opens.  You experience your best YOU.  You live from your own Self.  Your yoga blesses you.  Your love and support bless your Ashram.   

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

Your support makes a difference in the world, and to you. 

A Year of Yoga Blessings

By TC (Tattvananda) Richards

Yoga has been a blessing in my life.  I have been shifted by Gurudevi Nirmalananda and her Svaroopa ® yoga.  The moment I met a Svaroopa yogi, I immediately shifted.  Because I felt the Grace right away, I dove in.  I didn’t know that it was Grace I was feeling.  I just knew I was drawn to wanting more.  And this yoga has delivered.  It has given me immeasurable gifts.

Most amazing, these gifts are not just for me.  They are for everyone.  Svaroopa® yoga evokes your inner light.  Then that light radiates out to the world.  This is yoga’s promise.  While all yoga is good yoga, there is something more to Svaroopa® yoga and meditation.   It comes from a lineage of Meditation Masters, based in a Shaktipat tradition.  They open you to yoga’s promise of enlightenment in this lifetime.

Please join me in donating to Svaroopa ® Vidya Ashram’s spring fundraiser to radiate this gift out to the world.  What a way to send blessings to the world that has endured so much difficulty for more than a year!

Let me tell you about how Svaroopa ® yoga blessings inspired me to give back financially.  I don’t even like exercise, yet I wanted to sign up for a yoga class right away.  Let’s do some yoga.  Sign me up now — and so it began.

I started with the private Embodyment ® Yoga Therapy sessions.  Then life happened, and I needed Vichara (guided self-inquiry) sessions.  They helped me navigate through rocky times.  I knew I was getting something great.  I wanted even more.  How could I learn more about this wonderful practice?  I was guided to Gurudevi’s book Yoga: Inside & Outside.  I have never looked back.  I am changed in ways I wouldn’t have believed were possible.

Besides my personal experience, I see this yoga’s effects on my family.  One niece started Svaroopa® yoga classes while the other is delving into the meditation.  They have seen results right away, just as I did.  Friends have joined our Japa Club and settled into Consciousness within.  They have purchased Gurudevi’s CDs including Meditation: Deep & Easy and her Experience Shavasana & Ujjayi Pranayama recording.  These meditative tools have shifted these young women profoundly to divine inner experience.  So they shine with the light of God.  And they radiate that light into the world.

I see the effects of the Svaroopa® practices in a multitude of ways.  The Ashram is using cutting edge technology to spread Gurudevi’s teachings and the Light of the Guru through the world.  What a way to make the difference you’ve always wanted to see!

Our donations facilitate this revolution for good.  To quote one of Gurudevi’s satsang discourses, “What the world needs now is yoga sweet yoga.”  Do we ever!  Our financial support makes this happen.  Our donations shift the world to the light of God/Guru.

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

Or you can donate on Facebook.  You can also call us at (610) 644-7555, or send us a check at 116 E. Lancaster Avenue, Downingtown, PA 19335.

If you want to give the world the gift of Divine Grace, donate to the Ashram.  Light the world with Guru’s Grace.  Donate today.  Donate in gratitude.  Donate in love.  I’ll go first.  Please join me.

Grateful for Grace

By Marlene (Matrikaa) Gast

Lucky for me, I’m a Svaroopa® yogi.  Even more, I’ve had the great good fortune of residing at the Svaroopa® Vidya Ashram since July 2019.  During the pandemic, I’ve been living in a most blessed place.  I say this not because I’ve been safe from contagion, though I have.  I say this because I’ve witnessed the Ashram’s yogic miracles. 

Within 10 days of 2020 pandemic lockdown, the Ashram was offering yoga online.  Swami Nirmalananda, whom we call Gurudevi, was Zooming the blessings of yoga and meditation into homes worldwide.  I have seen how tirelessly Gurudevi and our five other swamis serve the world.  And I’ve been privy to the blessings received by community members and other seekers globally.  As another Svaroopa® yogi put it, “The Ashram and Gurudevi are important to people in this yoga community.  And she is important to people who haven’t yet met her.”

Please join me in donating as generously as possible to this spiritual organization.  I am contributing financially to this not-for-profit organization to support its worldwide work.  During an unprecedented catastrophe, the Ashram has given its all, 24/7 for more than 365 days.

Practicing since 2005, I’ve experienced the Grace flowing through Svaroopa® yoga.  Sciatica and digestive issues have healed.  Gurudevi’s teachings have evoked spiritual illumination from layers of shadow where I long lived.  In gratitude for this transformation, I’ve been a longtime donor.  This year, however, I am donating in gratitude for how Gurudevi’s Grace-full teachings have benefitted the world.

You can be sure that every bit of your financial gift will go to supporting the Ashram’s work.  It’s been essential over the past year.  As we move into another “new normal,” the Ashram’s work continues to be crucial.

Participants in the free online Japa Club have reported that repeating mantra with Gurudevi has been a lifeline.  Amidst isolation, dramatic uncertainty, and fear of death worldwide, Japa Club members opened to divine peace and calm, inside.  Moreover, Gurudevi leads participants in offering blessings to everyone in the world affected by the pandemic. 

Plus, Gurudevi created the online Meditation Club, online yoga classes, Zoomed healing sessions, meditation and chanting retreats, a philosophy discussion group, her Sunday Satsang subscription program, and training for teachers in how to Zoom their own classes. 

Yogis far and wide have benefitted profoundly from these offerings :

I live alone and far from any other Svaroopa® yoga teachers, classes or communities.  Once the magnitude of this pandemic became apparent, I realized that I really needed to “up my game” in terms of my own practices — more asana, more meditation, more japa.  The Meditation Club is helping me “up my game.”  Grace flows even stronger whenever we meditate together, even over the phone.  At the end of the meditation, we repeat mantra together, offering the benefits of mantra to all those who have been affected by this pandemic.  For me, that offering is going to the whole world.” — Caroline K.

What Gurudevi has done in this pandemic to create online ways to deliver her Grace-full teachings has been a lifesaver.” — Barbara A.

With my legs re-aligned in my hip sockets, I feel supported and upright, whether sitting or standing.  It’s a feeling of being grounded and expanded at the same time.” — Leonora T.

My left leg [seriously weakened by abdominal surgery] now functions normally.” — Marianne S.

Reading these expressions of gratitude, please reflect on how the Ashram has supported you.  Giving back in gratitude for what you receive is the ancient yoga practice of dakshina.  There are three ways you can direct your financial gift:

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 our website or 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!

Yoga Blessings to the World

By Ruth (Rama) Brooke

Lucky for us, we are yogis.  Luckier still, we are Svaroopa® yogis!  While all yoga is good, the Svaroopa® Sciences offer easy access to that mystical more — the Self.  Whether through poses, breathing or meditation, Svaroopis slip into an experience of the Self, effortlessly. This is a hallmark of this Shaktipat Yoga. 

You likely have familiar words to describe your intimate experience of the Self.  Words like inner knowingness, divinity, essence, beingness, bliss, expansiveness, and upward welling love and joy come to mind.  Just writing these words triggers an experience for me.  And then another quality of the Self arises — gratitude — an immense and overwhelming sense of gratitude. 

To express my gratitude, I participate in our Ashram fundraisers through financial contributions.  I ask you to do the same.  I ask with confidence and without hesitation.  Why?  Because I know the power of the yogic practice of dakshina (financial support for upliftment).

Dakshina initiates a divine cycle of giving and receiving.  They merge in the Self and become indistinguishable.  I know many Svaroopa® yogis who practice and benefit from dakshina.  Our community is naturally generous.  Nearly one quarter of our budget is funded by contributions.  Again and again, I am filled with gratitude and with the inspiration to do more.

Below are multiple opportunities for directing a gift to the Ashram.  You can:

Light the way. Support outreach and technology. 

Open the door to deep teachings for so many via Zoom, Podbean, YouTube and social media.

Maintain the “Miracle Factory.” Support teacher trainings. 

Trainings include Teaching Svaroopa® Yoga Online, Teaching Online Therapeutics, Leading Satsangs Online and the new Therapeutic Yoga Series.

Give More Blessings to the WorldSupport our extensive free teachings.  

This includes online access to Japa Club, podcasts, articles, Satsang Gems and more.

All these causes are important.  They enable Gurudevi and our five other swamis to reach directly into hearts and homes.  They can thus touch more souls than ever before.

As Svaroopa® yogis, we are so blessed.  Help extend these blessings further out into the world.  Join in the dakshina cycle with whatever amount works for you and your budget.  Yoga is a warrior tradition.  Take action.  Do more yoga!

You can donate on our website and 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.

Giving Blessings

By Ellen (Lajja) Mitchell, President
Svaroopa® Vidya Ashram Board

When the global pandemic started, Swami Nirmalananda (Gurudevi) started our free online Japa Club and our Meditation Club.  In these daily online programs, she taught us how to give blessings to the world.  Gurudevi also quickly put into place many other online programs to serve us.  Those programs included online asana and meditation classes, Yoga Teacher Training, Meditation Teacher Training and retreats.  I feel that each is an offering from the Ashram.  Each is a way of Giving Blessings — the theme of our spring fundraiser.

In my first Svaroopa® yoga class about 15 years ago, I knew this yoga is different from others.  My teacher asked, “Do you feel different?  What was your experience?”  I responded that I felt taller.  And there was something else as well.  I felt more grounded, more embodied.  Those experiences and more have kept me coming back.

What first drew you to Svaroopa® yoga?  What has kept you coming back?  Have your Ashram’s online offerings benefitted you?  If you answered “yes,” I invite you to join me in Giving Blessings back to the Ashram.

I attended my first Shaktipat Retreat with Gurudevi in 2012.  In May 2020, I attended Gurudevi’s first online Shaktipat.  I was skeptical at first.  How can I have an intensive from the comfort of my own home?  The online orientation for an at-home, online program took me through the process.  I was given vegetarian recipes to support body and mind.  I was taught how to set up my space.  During the retreat, an Ashram swami checked in on me daily.  The result?  One of the most powerful Shaktipat experiences that I have had!  Grace flowed unimpeded from the Ashram through Zoom.  Grace permeated me and my sacred space, my home.  I am so grateful.

My gratitude for Gurudevi and the Ashram has motivated me to give, and it continues to motivate me to give.  Giving back in gratitude is itself a yoga practice: dakshina. Please join me in this practice, which benefits the giver as well as the Ashram.  There are three ways you can direct your financial gift:

Light the Way, supporting outreach and technology
Maintain the Miracle Factory, supporting teacher training
Give Blessings to the World, supporting our free programs

Our Giving Blessings campaign starts today!  A gift from the heart is precious. Please join me in Giving Blessings back to Gurudevi and the Ashram.  When I give from my heart, I’m the one who reaps the benefits.  I feel the abundant Grace that flows to me.  May you, too, delight in this blessing.

You can donate on our website and 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.

Grateful for Illumined Teachings

matrikaBy Matrika Gast, SVA Board Member

When I happened onto this path, I already thought I was a yogi. But it was all in my head, though I practiced yoga poses and was a teacher in another yoga style. I felt my body only when it was in pain. My mind rarely stopped or even slowed. I am grateful, of course, for the transformative Svaroopa® yoga and meditation practices that are now dissolving tensions in my body and reining in my mind. Yet my gratitude for the guidance I’ve received from Swamiji and our Teacher Trainers is uppermost in my awareness.

In Foundations, Swamiji (then Rama) served as our primary teacher. She introduced me to Consciousness, then a new concept. For the 12 years since, her teachings in programs, trainings and a wealth of online Freebies have daily guided me to the tangible, mystical experience of Self, Pure Consciousness.

A decade ago, I learned to meditate in Vidyadevi’s “Meditation Made Easy” weekend. Later in YTT Level 3 with Kusuma and Vidyadevi, I heard that mantra was “scrubby bubbles” for the mind. How grateful I was to clarify a mind often cluttered with reactivity.

Yet I’ve received something more, for which it is hard to find words. Whenever I’ve brought up a professional or personal issue, Swamiji and our Trainers have listened, comprehended the problem and responded effectively. Their guidance has always been based in the ancient, authentic teachings of the Svaroopa® Sciences. Thus their guidance conveys more than information, it’s an illumined perspective. I recognize that it’s infused with Grace and I am propelled by Grace to follow their guidance.

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This has empowered me to live effectively and harmoniously with life’s challenges as well as life’s joys. Consciousness is the foundation that supports my capacity to do the work I love. Of course ongoing Svaroopa® yoga and meditation teacher trainings give me the skills and knowledge to do so.

Yet the Grace-Full guidance of Swamiji and our Teacher Trainers gives me more — the palpable sense that Divine Essence is at heart of everything and everyone, myself included. Then I know experientially that I am, as everyone is, the One Self Being All. Such guidance has given me a life worth living. That’s why I delight in donating monthly as well as giving a special gift twice yearly. Giving is such a sweet celebration!

Gratitude and Grace logo full sizeGratitude & Grace are present in my daily life, thanks to Swami Nirmalananda, our Svaroopa® Vidya Ashram, our Teacher Trainers, our Svaroopa® Sciences practices — and you, my fellow Svaroopis. There is so much to be grateful for.

What has this path given you? What are you grateful for? Please celebrate these extraordinary Grace-Full gifts by giving back to the source: click here to donate online or call the Ashram at 610.644.7555. Every gift, of any size and frequency, makes a difference. Thank you.

Finding a Way to Say Thanks

Dhananjaya (David) King 1By Dhananjaya King, SVA Board Member

A decade ago, my Guru Swami Nirmalananda set me on fire.  She gave me a simple adjustment in Alternate Leg pose.  That touch ignited a slow burn, which has been profoundly transformative.  I am truly grateful, for I am different now in ways I could never have imagined.

If you had told me then that I would have compassion for people who were trying to harm me or my family, I would have told you in no uncertain terms you were wrong.  Yet here I am, wanting to help those whom, in the past, I would have called enemies.  Before she came into my life, I was caught in drama, in the pursuit of desire.  Now I have only the one yearning, to know myself as the One Self Being All.

Swamiji in GaneshpuriBecause I am grateful to Guruji, I feel compelled to show my gratitude.  Yet how do you show gratitude to her, when she attributes everything that she gives as coming from her own Guru? When you thank her for all she has given, Guruji says she does what Baba has empowered her to do.  She offers to us what Baba offered to her.  She gives to us what we are able to receive.

So I feel that showing gratitude is supporting her in any way I can.  As a SVA Board Member, I serve by managing Ashram facilities.  I help improve the Ashram buildings that hold the Shakti which she infuses.  In gratitude, I offer time and service to support our community.  Following Guruji’s lead, I deal with everyone I meet in a more meaningful and present way.  I am empowered to do this because Guru’s Grace flows through me into everyone with whom I come into contact.

At this designated time of Thanksgiving, I ask you to find a way to show your gratitude for what you have received from Swami Nirmalananda’s teachings and presence.  Expressing your gratitude tangibly will serve you in cultivating the seeds of transformation that she has planted in you.  Once you fully give yourself to the act of giving, things that you could never have imagined will unfold.

Inner Awakening logoOr perhaps looking at this another way works better for you.  A better question may be how much can you receive? Perhaps you don’t yet notice what she has planted in you.  If so, pondering this question will help you notice the new you that is beginning to form, thanks to Swami Nirmalananda’s teachings and presence.

In any case, I invite you to recognize what you have received and find a way to show your gratitude.  I don’t fully comprehend how she brings to fruition the transformation in each of us who sit at her feet.  I just know that I want to help her do what she does for all of us.

I ask you to do as I am doing, to support her in any way you can.  In this season of giving and gratitude please give what you can to support Guruji.  Click here to donate on online, or call the Ashram at 610.644.7555.  Every gift, of any size and frequency, makes a difference.  Thank you.

Gratitude & Grace: Fearless Generosity

By Amala Cattafi, SVA Board President

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In order to feel the awe and humility of gratitude, you have to let go. You can’t analyze and evaluate what you’ve been given. While this sounds easy, it can be so very difficult. Especially when the gift is the gift of your Self. It can be so easy to look around, compare yourself and your experiences with others, focusing only on what you have not yet realized.

Yoga says, “Just let go. Let yourself be overwhelmed.” OK…how?

“In the moment gratitude arises, when you get your ego out of the way, when you get to ‘oh wow, I am deeply touched,’ you can let your heart be touched and let down your guard. You give up who you usually are, and then you are propelled into who you really are.”                                           — Swami Nirmalananda

Gratitude, Generosity and Grace — the 3 G’s. Our Ashram Board is focusing our fall fundraising campaign on Gratitude & Grace, but Generosity is the organic result.

I confess that generosity has always been easier for me than gratitude. Not that I am not thankful, it is just that I often tend to focus on others’ needs first. I find it easier to give a gift than to receive it, perhaps not feeling worthy. Maybe receiving is easier for you. Generosity and gratitude are like the two sides of the same coin. Generosity will help you find the gratitude that’s there. Likewise, awe of true gratitude will open your heart to generosity.

For example, when you have a deep experience of your Self in meditation, during Shaktipat, or at darshan, it’s easy to understand it is the greatest gift from the Guru. You melt into gratitude and your heart immediately opens wide. Your mind stops and you want to live in that feeling. In that moment, overwhelming generosity flows with ease.

Flip the coin. Think of a moment when you had an impulse to give a financial gift or to give of your time and energy. Fearless generosity arose within you. It bubbled up like gently simmering milk. Did you shut it down, or let yourself go into it? When you second-guessed it or shut it down, you likely felt regret, but you shut that down too. Your mind activates all the reasons why you shouldn’t have listened to your heart.

What about the times when you let fearless generosity guide you?  When you offered a donation that seemed beyond what was “reasonable;” when you offered yourself for seva that you “had no time for;” when you got your ego out of the way to apologize to someone you may have hurt, even when you were “right.”  If you look at these moments, I would bet that putting yourself out there left an afterglow of deep gratitude.

Grace is propelling both gratitude and generosity. It moves you, overwhelms you and opens your heart, which opens up a deeper perspective. It shifts your focus from what you lack to what you have. It opens you up to the miracle of being vibrantly alive. This is why we are here — to live in that knowing.


“True generosity opens your heart and quiets your mind…  Practicing generosity invites yoga into your relationships with money, with time and with other people.”  — Swami Nirmalananda

In this season of giving, please follow your impulse to give in support of the Ashram and all Swamiji gives you. In this way, you support our ability to continue to open you up. Your loving gratitude and fearless generosity make it all possible. Click here to make your one-time donation or begin a monthly pledge.


I offer my reflection on letting go into the 3 G’s in loving gratitude to Swami Nirmalananda Saraswatii.

Namaste, Amala Lynn Cattafi-Heinlein

Om Svaroopa Svasvabhava Namo Namah