My beloved souls,
Namaste from Bogota!
Thank you for all the wonderful feedback you have been sending us about our Rise and Shine! newsletter. Many of you have mentioned that it is unfortunate that all the past editions are not accessible online, and we are working on a solution to bring them back online soon!
Continuing with our effort to improve our newsletter and make it even more practical and inspirational, starting with this issue we are adding two new sections: “The Illustrated Life of the Sages” and “One-on-One with the Acharyas”. This issue is dedicated to the life and teachings of our Gurudev Paramahamsa Hariharananda (1907-2002), and you will find much written, audio and video material to deepen your understanding of and love for the last God-realized master of Kriya Yoga.
You will find also my complete touring schedule for the end of 2012 and for the whole of 2013.
Speaking of touring, if anyone has unused frequent flyer miles on any airline company that they are willing to donate to help with my travelling costs, it would be most appreciated! Kindly contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, we are still looking for loving help in the department of translation from English into French, graphic design, and video editing. If you have some time to contribute these professional skills, please contact us at email@example.com.
May God guide and accompany you always.
- Quote of the month
- “The Illustrated Life of the Sages” Collection
- Wisdom Storytelling
- Metaphorical Interpretation of Scriptures:
- One-on-One with the Acharyas
- Swamito Recommends
- Please Help Us to Help Others…
Quote of the month
“If you practice the Kriya Yoga technique you do not need to leave your home, leave your profession, leave your children, leave your wife, or leave your passion. You will remain in the family while feeling in a practical manner that everything is God.”
- Rajarshi Raghabananda
An Introduction to Ayurveda
by Ann Harrison
Ayurveda is a biological and spiritual science which offers a practical knowledge of self-healing and includes: yoga philosophy, and integration of the body, mind and consciousness. Ayurveda, a Sanskrit word meaning “the science of life,” or “our daily living,” originated from a holistic system of medicine continually practiced in India as an ancient art of healing for more than 5,000 years. Interest in Ayurveda expanded in the West in the 1970s, around the same time as Chinese medicine gained recognition.
Ayurveda is a spiritual science outlined in the Charak Samhita written around 1500 B.C. It stated that even if the Ayurvedic doctors had a complete knowledge of Ayurveda but could not reach the inner Self or soul of the patient, they would not be effective healers. Furthermore if the practitioners were more concerned with fame and fortune, and not with spiritual development, they would not be effective healers.
As recorded in the sacred Vedic texts, Ayurveda evolved from the practical, philosophical and religious illumination of rishis, ancient realized beings, based on their understanding of creation. The rishis were the mystical doctors or seers. They knew the inner workings of the human body without the use of modern x-ray machines and CT scans. It is astonishing how these ancient descriptions are validated by today’s technologies.
Ayurvedic philosophy recognizes the inherent relationship between an individual and cosmic spirit, energy and matter. This philosophy of creation begins with the source of all existence, the eternal, Divine, unmanifest existence: ever present. This Cosmic Consciousness manifests as the male and female energies of Shiva and Shakti, and the five elements. Man is seen to be a microcosm of the world around him; all of existence are cosmic manifestations and indivisible. There is much relationship here to the Chinese concepts of Dao and Tai Chi, Yin and Yang.
Ayurvedic philosophy charts the development of life as a progression from the divine, incorporating progressively denser forms of energy until full manifestation. As creation developed, it formed the underlying principles that uphold all life; creation, maintenance, and dissolution. These principles are respectfully known as sattva, rajas, and tamas and are called the three gunas, or tendencies. All of life, human and celestial, obey these laws. The creation principle developed five essential elements—Ether, Air, Fire, Water, and Earth.
The concept of the 5 elements, charting this progression, begins with Space, or Ether. As this element began to move it created Air, whose movements created friction and thus the heat of Fire; some ethereal elements were liquefied by this Fire, creating Water, which then solidified into Earth. It is said in the Vedas that all of the creation, including humans, are made up of combination of all five essential elements. These elements have sites in the body called doshas.
Each person is looked at as a unique individual. To balance the doshas, daily living practices that involve following a doshic soothing life-style with proper choice of foods and exercises, body and breath awareness, balanced work and rest, and seasonal cleansing may be recommended to correct imbalances and restore the innate intelligence and harmony of the person. Suggestions may include yoga, meditation, diet for your constitution, natural care for your body (including massage, oils, herbs and holistic products), as well as education about your dosha, the stages of your life, and most importantly connecting to the Divinity within yourself.
To understand the beauty of Ayurveda, we must study the Vedic roots of philosophy, spirituality, and universal religion. According to the Vedas there is a goal to life; we are not born just to live and die without some meaning and purpose. As recorded in the Vedic Scriptures, life is Divine and the goal is to realize our inner Divine nature. “Ayurvedically speaking, the more a person realizes their Divine nature, the healthier they are” said Swami Sada Shiva Tirtha.
Ayurveda’s view of true health is based on the healthy functioning of four areas of life: physical/mental health, career or life purpose, spiritual relationships, and spiritual development.
When we have good physical and mental health, we are able to have a rewarding profession using our innate God-given talents to work at something we really love doing. This in turn gives us our ability to have a good social life and use this love to cultivate spirituality. Spiritual life centers one’s focus inwardly to discover their eternal nature instead of the ever-changing outer realm of life. For healthy relationships to thrive all people must continue to develop their individual inner spiritual lives. Then they are able to shine and share their light and growing spiritual fullness with their spouse and others.
The General Ayurvedic approach is threefold
1) Determine one’s prakriti (dosha) predominance of the elements: vata, pitta, kapha
2) Discover the elemental cause of illness, the imbalance called vikriti
3) Apply therapeutic remedies to balance the elements causing the illness, without causing an imbalance to the doshas (constitution).
In the Ayurvedic approach, there is no healing crisis. “The unique personalized approach makes healing effective as well as gentle. Other holistic approaches may work yet still aggravate the person’s doshas. Ayurveda is the only healing science that needn’t warn people that they may feel worse while the disease or toxins are being removed before they will feel better. Because of its balancing approach gentleness marks the entire healing process.”(Swami Sada Shiva Tirtha)
Ayurveda is not a quick fix, it takes time, patience and a willingness to adequately educate ourselves to take control of our own health. As stated before, this is achieved by diligent monitoring and balancing of one’s nutritional and life-style habits, and developing an inner quest to understand of our true nature.
The ayurvedic approach to healing will be further discussed in the next article.
Who is Rajarshi Raghabananda?
by Yogi Sarveshwarananda and Yogacharya Don Baba
This September 19th, thousands of kriyavans around the world quietly celebrated in their heart the 74th birthday of Rajarshi Raghabananda, the most advanced disciple of Baba Hariharanandaji. As you can see in the accompanying photos, he is still a very young, fresh and vigorous Baba, and we pray to God that he remain with us and guide us with his deepest knowledge of Kriya and gentle love for many more years to come!
Affectionately called “The little Lahiri Mahashaya” by his disciples, Dr. Raghabananda Nayak is the only disciple of Paramahamsa Hariharananda to have ever attained the nirvikalpa samadhi state—and on the very day of his initiation on Monday, February 15, 1965, on the auspicious day of Agni Purnima—a state of God-realization he has been striving to permanently merge into ever since.
In the 1970s the Menninger Foundation of Topeka, Kansas, conducted a series of scientific experiments with him, studying among other things his alpha waves in the state of meditation. Highly impressed by their observations, they nicknamed him “the prince of peace.” The results were later presented in a scientific documentary, “Yoga for the West,” as well as in the best-selling book Beyond Biofeedback by Dr. Elmer and Alice Green, the internationally-known eminent psychologists.
Under the guidance of Paramahamsa Hariharananda, Raghabananda completed all the higher kriyas at the Karar Ashram, Puri, and was empowered as an accomplished acharya in 1974. Since then he has been devotedly working on his divine assignment by guiding and initiating spiritually-inclined people, writing numerous books on Kriya Yoga, and training acharyas of the Kriya Yoga order.
In 1992 his beloved guru conferred on him the title of Rajarshi, “Royal Sage”, the highest honor conferred to householder disciples.
Baba Hariharananda established him as the head of the “Hariharananda Kriya Yoga Mission – Sambalpur” ashram in the year 1992. This ashram is one of the very rare ones in India headed by a householder. In appointing Raghabananda to lead this ashram, Baba has shown that Kriya Yoga is the path most suited for householders; anyone can be a karma sannyasi, performing his worldly duties as an offering to God, in a detached and blissful way.
Rajarshi Raghabananda is now the president of the “Hariharananda Kriya Yoga Mission – Banabira” ashram in Orissa, India. As an advanced Kriya Yoga master, his only objective is to inspire all—irrespective of class, creed, color, race, ethnicity, religion, faith, sect, social status, education level—to meditate properly with love and receive the blessings of God and gurus to remain in peace, bliss and joy and enjoy a meaningful life.
Both Yogacharya Don Baba and myself have had the good fortune to go and meditate over the last few years with our dearest Raghabanandaji.
Here is what Don Baba says about Rajarshiji (or Brahmarshiji, as he is also known today):
Brahmarshi Raghabananda is one of the most advanced living disciple’s of Gurudev Hariharananda alive today. No one else has spent as much time with Gurudev Hariharananda while Gurudev was in the state of nirvikalpa samadhi.
Brahmarshi has been quietly instrumental in helping Gurudev spread the message of Kriya Yoga from the very beginning. Brahmarshi also helped Gurudev write and publish the original Kriya Yoga book, as well as several others. He has a detailed knowledge of all the higher kriya techniques as taught by Gurudev Hariharananda and continues to guide, teach and initiate true seekers into the path of Kriya Yoga as directed by Gurudev Hariharananda.
Personally I have experienced the same calm divine sweetness and sincere heartfelt intimate association with Brahmarshi, as I experienced with Gurudev Hariharananda. It is a rare opportunity to sit with this type of master who is inwardly free and roaming in the high heaven, humbly, sweetly divinely. In addition his detailed knowledge of the Kriya Yoga techniques as helped removed any confusion and has helped clarified exactly what is “The Essence of Kriya Yoga”. He lives a very humble, pious, pure life, true to vision of Mahashaya Lahiri Baba and Gurudev Hariharananda. It is a truly a great blessing to sit with this type of Yoga master.
With deepest love and regard I bow to Brahmarshi Raghabananda in honor of his 74th birthday and pray for his long life and continued development in spreading the message of Kriya Yoga.
At the feet of the guru, blessings,
Don Baba - New York City, September 16, 2012
Where Kriya Ends
by Rajarshi Raghabananda
Kriya Yoga cannot reveal the Self, because breathing comes from the power of God—and the power cannot reveal its Creator. What Kriya gives is silence, calmness, out of which Real knowledge can emerge.
In the old days, Lahiri Mahashaya’s disciples used to write to him about their spiritual practice. “Baba today I have practiced 1,000 kriyas.” Or “Today I completed 2,000 kriyas.” Lahiri Baba would simply reply, “Good.” Meaning, alright, at least they are getting some concentration of the mind. But they are still not practicing Kriya Yoga.
Kriya Yoga can never involve any effort to control the mind, tame the senses, or transcend maya. It cannot even be said to be the practice of surrender, because who will surrender to whom? If you say you want to surrender to God, you are still thinking in the mode of duality—you are putting yourself on one side, and God on the other, and you are making an effort to surrender to that projection of “God” outside of yourself.
So what is Kriya Yoga truly? Only constant awareness. You are always in peace in the top of the head, no matter what problems or difficulties of life you will encounter.
In the Patañjali Yoga Sutras, the path and methodology of yoga is described as an 8-step process known as ashtanga yoga: 1. Yama (self observances); 2. Niyama (social observances); 3. Asana (postures); 4. Pranayama (life-force control); 5. Pratyahara (sense withdrawal); 6. Dharana (concentration); 7. Dhyana (meditation); and 8. Samadhi (super-cosmic bliss).
In reality, various degrees of samadhi known as savikalpa samadhi (in which the seeker retains a seed of individuality) are already achieved at the levels of dharana and dhyana, because the mind is starting to experience some calmness and concentration. However the supreme state of liberation known as nirvikalpa samadhi is only achieved at the eighth and final level, samadhi.
When pratyahara (sense-withdrawal) becomes constant, it becomes dharana—concentration on the divine light, sound and vibration. When dharana becomes constant, it becomes dhyana (meditation). Kriya is only trying, and practicing, and waiting calmly. It always helps you.
Kriya Yoga stops at the level of dhyana. In samadhi, there cannot be any technique. There is no sound, no light, no vibration. There is no consciousness of the world or of the body. There is only Supreme Bliss.
It is extremely rare and even dangerous to live at this level of supreme consciousness while remaining in the world. For instance Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the supreme realized sage of the 16th century, could not even eat, as he was not conscious that he had a body. His disciples had to feed him. And he would frequently go into the ocean in Puri and be found in the fishermen’s nets completely unconscious, as he was perceiving God in everything and was always immersed in Him, beyond forms.
My Gurudev Baba Hariharananda was often referred as “the second Gauranga” [Gauranga being another name for Chaitanya Mahaprabhu] as he could enter into the nirvikalpa samadhi state at will. However he was still able to function perfectly well in this world. He was the rarest of the rarest masters.
Thank you very much. I bow to you all.
With love and affection,
Dhay Jano More (“Let all My Love Flow towards Thee”)
by Rabindranath Tagore
Listen to Baba Hariharananda singing it here.
1. Dhay jano more shakole bhalobasha
Prabhu, tomar paney, tomar paney, tomar paney.
2. Jay jano more shakole gobheer asha
Prabhu, tomar kaney, tomar kaney, tomar kaney.
3. Chitta mamo jakhon jethay thake
shara jano dai shey tabo dakey.
4. Jato bhadhan shaub tutey go jano
Prabhu, tomar taney, tomar taney, tomar taney.
5. Bahirer ei bhikha bhara thali
ebar jano nishsheshey hai khali
antaro more goponey jay bhorey
Prabhu, tomar daney, tomar daney, tomar daney.
6. Hey bondhu more, hey antaro toro
ey jibaney ja kicchu shundaro,
slaukoli aj bejey uthuk shurey
Prabhu, tomar ganey, tomar ganey, tomar ganey.
1. Lord, let all my love flow towards Thee, flow towards Thee, flow towards Thee.
2. Let all my aspirations reach Thy ears, reach Thy ears, reach Thy ears.
3. Let my consciousness be always directed towards Thy call, towards Thy call, towards Thy call.
4. Let all my bondage be severed by Thy love, by Thy love, by Thy love.
5. Let my worldly desires be replaced by Thy blessings, by Thy blessings, by Thy blessings.
6. Oh, my friend, my innermost Self, let all the beauty of the world resonate with Thy tune, with Thy tune, with Thy tune.
“The Illustrated Life of the Sages” Collection
In this issue: Paramahamsa Hariharananda. You can download or print the 16-page color booklet I have just created, with the wonderful graphic help of Lionel Baba from Buenos Aires.
How the Little Boy Conquered Anger
by Yogi Sarveshwarananda
Sit calmly in the fontanel, and enjoy this story. It is about teaching children how to control their anger.
Mother Mirra, also known as the Sweet Mother of the Aurobindo Ashram, grew up in France, where she had many mystical experiences. She later met Sri Aurobindo, and together they guided countless souls to the Ultimate Truth.
In her younger days, she lived in a small town in the north of France. One of her neighbors was a young boy who was extremely boisterous and afflicted with a very bad temper, always engaging in fights at school.
Sweet Mother sat down with him one day and asked him, “Which do you think is more difficult for a brave boy like you, to let your fist fly in the face of a friend who insults you, or at that moment to keep your fist in your pocket?”
The young boy replied, “To keep it in my pocket, for sure!”
Mother continued, “And which do you think is more worthy of a courageous boy like you, to do the easier or the more difficult thing?”
The young boy kept quiet for a moment. Finally, he said, almost reluctantly, “The more difficult thing, I guess.”
And the Sweet Mother naturally concluded, “Well then, maybe you could try to do it the next time you get an opportunity.”
Sometime later, the young boy came, all excited, to tell her that he had been able to do “the more difficult thing.” He explained that one of his classmates had struck him in a moment of anger. Since that classmate knew that the boy always welcomed an opportunity to fight, he quickly stepped back and prepared to defend himself.
“But then I remembered what you had told me,” said the boy, “and I concentrated on keeping my hand in my pocket and unclenching my fist. I must tell you, that was a lot harder than I thought! But as soon as I managed to do that, I felt the anger leaving me. I only felt sorry for my friend. So I took my hand out of my pocket and extended it to him. You should have seen the look on his face! He just stood there for the longest time, open-mouthed, speechless... Finally he shook my hand vigorously and said with great passion, ‘Now you and I are friends forever. You can ask anything of me.’”
The boy had learned how to control his anger. How did Sweet Mother help him? Not by preaching to him, or shaming him, or punishing him. Simply by appealing to the noblest nature of the boy—his courage and sense of righteousness.
Only respect and love will enable people to change, automatically. Always believe in people’s highest potential, instead of dwelling only on their faults.
Metaphorical Interpretation of Scriptures
Metaphorical study of the Bhagavad Gita with Paramahamsa Hariharananda’s interpretation in the light of Kriya Yoga.
Chapter 1, Verse 26.
Tatrā ‘paśyat sthitān pārthaḥ
pitṝn atha pitāmahān
ācāryān mātulān bhrātṝn
putrān pautrān sakhīms tathā
Standing there, Arjuna scrutinized the armies of both parties and observed his paternal uncles, granduncles, preceptors, maternal uncles, brothers, cousins, grandfather, sons, grandsons, and friends.
This verse describes Arjuna’s perception of the Kauravas and his own army on the battlefield of life, represented as relatives.
Our thoughts, ambitions, and passions are related to our bodies. They always cause us to direct our awareness outward, which prevents intellectual and spiritual development. When we teach children, we try to withdraw their minds from tempting things so they can sit for their education and spiritual training. We do not like to forbid relationships among the students, but their minds always wander off to their affectionate relatives and intimates. When a student is educated, however, he can read novels, histories, or amusing books.
Similarly, in the beginning of God-realization, students require guidance from a teacher such as Krishna in order to successfully control their senses. A spiritual person seeking Self-realization need not avoid his relatives, shun his family life, or leave his service; instead, for spiritual study, as with secular education, the seeker should follow a good teacher who will help him introvert his mind, rather than allowing his mind to constantly remain in the extroverted state.
Peace Concert "24-0"
On October 2 (Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday and the World Peace Day), I had the great joy and honor to join 59 other bands to perform at the “24-0” Peace Concert organized by my friend Cesar Lopez in Plaza Bolivar, Bogota—“24-0” meaning that we were aiming for 0 violent deaths during 24 hours in Colombia (one of the most violent countries on earth). 60 bands represented every possible genre of music, from classical to hip-hop to blues, to rock to rap to mantras… all united in the same spirit, of proclaiming that violence is never the answer to any problem, and that we have to learn to work out our conflicts in a peaceful manner.
And the event had a measurable success! The “Instituto Nacional de Medicina Legal y Ciencias Forenses” reported that during these 24 hours there was 50% decline in violent deaths in Bogota, and 75% in the rest of the country! Other “24-0” concerts were held simultaneously in several cities across Colombia, as well as in Venezuela, Puerto Rico and Guatemala.
You can watch my particular concert with Cesar Lopez (on bass and escopetarra) and Juan Carlos Arevalo Caguasango (on charango and Chinese flute) here.
You can also check out this photo gallery from the “El Tiempo” newspaper.
Finally, you can visit the official page of "24-0" where people from all over the world have been leaving messages.
Yogiji's World Tours
Kriya Yoga Camp on the Banks of the Ganga
with Yogi Sarveshwarananda
September 29 to October 5, 2013
The Kriya Yoga camp is designed to enable participants to listen, question, absorb, learn the eternal wisdom of Mother India and practice Kriya Yoga meditation. Each day will feature guided meditations, lectures on the metaphorical interpretations of Hindu rituals, Yoga, and the Scriptures, practical classes on Ayurvedic cooking, satsangs, group reflections, live music and chanting, walks in the mountains, baths in the Ganga, and evening puja—all in a communal spirit in which participants will live an ashram life for the whole week.
It will take place at the beginning of October, the most desirable time in the Himalayas, after the end of the monsoon season when everything is fresh and green, and before the winter cold sets in. The retreat center is situated on the banks of the Holy Ganga in Uttarkashi, surrounded by the scenic beauty of the foothills of the Himalayas.
This Kriya Yoga intensive retreat is only for people initiated in Kriya Yoga or who are willing to receive initiation at the beginning of the retreat.
Arrival and Departure
Participants of the retreat should plan to arrive at our meeting point at the Haridwar station by the morning of Sunday September 29th. After breakfast at our Matri Chhaya Gurukulam orphanage, the group will proceed by bus to Uttarkashi on the same day.
The group will leave Uttarkashi on Saturday October 5 after breakfast to return to Haridwar in the afternoon. After an early farewell dinner, participants will be free to return home or prolong their stay in India.
Cost and Registration
The total cost of the Kriya Yoga Camp will include transportation from Haridwar to Uttarkashi and back, all meals, accommodation, and teachings. The cost is still being calculated and will be announced in a future issue of “Rise and Shine!”
Please note that there are only 15 places open for this exceptional retreat, which can only by secured by people sending a non-refundable 25% deposit by the due date. Please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Before the Camp…
For those who wish it, there will be opportunities to meet with Yogiji in his earlier travels in Orissa: in Puri (September 9 and 10), and in Sambalpur (September 10 to 20) to meditate with the great master of Kriya Yoga, Rajarshi Raghabananda. Transportation and accommodation arrangements will be the kriyavans’ responsibility.
In Memoriam: Paramahamsa Hariharananda.
A booklet written immediately after Baba’s mahasamadhi in December 2002 by a group of Kolkata devotees.
You can read it online or download it here.
Baba singing Rabindranath Tagore’s “Dhay Jano More”
View it here.
Jai Guru – A tribute to Paramahamsa Hariharananda
View it here.
One-on-One with the Acharyas
From a taped interview with Paramahamsa Hariharananda.
Can a person who practices other techniques also practice Kriya Yoga?
If you are satisfied with your techniques and from them you are getting peace, bliss, joy and divinity within, then ask your conscience. Once you have gotten an answer, remain calm.
Many roads take you to Delhi. In the same way, many take you to God. But follow only one to the end.
If you go to a doctor and take the medicine he prescribes to you, and then decide to go to another doctor and take his as well as the other's medicine, instead of health you will find death. If you go to a third doctor you will find death even faster. When you cross a river, if you put a foot in one boat and the other foot on the other boat you will drown for sure.
Observe the bee. If it does not find honey in one flower, it will fly to another flower. If you taste an apple and it is bad, you will not eat it, but you will have had to taste it in order to know that it is bad.
If you have found peace and love, and you are receiving divinity from it, and have found a true guru, follow him step by step and be generous in your surrender to him.
Book: The Jataka Tales
The celebrated Indian publisher Amar Chitra Katha has found one of the best ways to share the sacred texts and wisdom tales from the world’s religions—in comic book form. This collection of Buddhist tales is a joy for both parents and children.
Find it on Amazon here.
Audio: Inspired by…The Bible Experience.
This 8-CD set features a star-studded cast of 400 performers, and includes dramatic performances set to an original musical underscore by the Prague Symphony Orchestra and a brilliant sound design.
The complete Bible features eight MP3 CDs plus a bonus 'making of' DVD. The eight MP3 CDs include the full text of the Bible for reading as you listen on your MP3 player with the lyrics/text feature.
Find it on Amazon here.
Video: Yentl (1983)
Barbara Streisand’s first movie as a director. This beautiful adaptation of an Isaac Bashevis Singer story shows how a young Jewish European woman has to disguises herself as a male at the turn of the century in order to get an education, and how her faith in God helps her overcome all obstacles.
Find it on Amazon here.
Please Help Us to Help Others…
If you need a hand, remember that I have two.
- St Augustine (354-439)
There are several ways for you to put your love and appreciation of the sacred teachings of Kriya Yoga in action!
Join our publishing team
You can for instance collaborate with our team of:
- translators (English to Spanish and Spanish to English; English to Portuguese and Portuguese to English; English to French and French to English)
- editors and proofreaders (in English, Spanish, French, or Portuguese)
- layout artists
- web designers
- graphic designers
- artists and illustrators
If you are able and willing to offer some of these services, kindly contact Agustina Ma at email@example.com
Remember our little ones…
Most importantly, you can help support our Network of Love charitable projects by sending a one-time or regular little donation.
Our charitable causes include:
- building and running an orphanage in Haridwar, India,
- building and supporting free schools for poor children in the Himalayas
- managing training centers for abandoned widows in Haridwar and Champawat, India.
- running programs for street children and adolescents at social risk in Latin America.
- feeding children of endangered tribes in Latin America.
Most of the revenues of our sales and Kriya programs go to support these projects. However since these resources are not enough, we have been relying on individual donations to sustain them.
Due to the current economic crisis, individual donations have almost come to a standstill this year, and we have been forced to significantly reduce our support for these projects.
I am therefore appealing to your loving generosity to please contribute something to help these children and widows get out of their poverty cycle and embrace a brighter future.
Here are three videos highlighting how we put our love into action.
Our first presentation of the global Network of Love (2008): http://youtu.be/dqffVxqdVH8
The eighth anniversary celebration of the Ark of Love in Sao Paolo (2009): http://youtu.be/9sSBZqC3jOo
Our work with the Arhuaco community in the Sierra Nevada of Colombia (2011): http://youtu.be/SxY9mfCMbW0
Donations can be made using the following methods:
Note: All donations from US citizens are eligible for tax deductions.
1. Wire Funds through PayPal
The easiest way to wire funds using your credit card, a bank transfer, or your own PayPal account.
Simply go to www.paypal.com, click on "Send Money", enter firstname.lastname@example.org in the "Recipient's Email" box, and fill out the rest of the form. You will receive a confirmation of your successful donation by email.
2. Send a Check, Traveler’s Check or Money Order
Please make it out to "Hariharananda Mission West", and send it by regular mail to:
Hariharananda Mission West, POB 1460, Carbondale CO 81623-1460, USA.
Looking forward to seeing you soon to deepen our peace together!
With love and blessings always,
Om saha nāv-avatu, saha nau bhunaktu, saha vīryam karavā-vahai
tejasvi nāv-adhītamastu mā vidvishāvahai
om śantih śantih śantih
Om ! May God protect us both together; may God nourish us both together; May we work conjointly with great energy, May our study be vigorous and effective; May we not mutually dispute.
Om Peace, peace, peace.