Swamiji Writes

Dear All, As we approach the end of 2021, I wanted to take a moment to reach out to all of you who have been affected directly or indirectly by the raging COVID-19 in the last two years. The pandemic has unleashed devastation of unimaginable magnitude in our lifetime. Often, to effectively deal with...

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The Birth of the Benevolent Lord

“A single flower blooms and throughout the world it’s spring.” And here, at Sri Badrika Ashram, spring arrives early, year after year, when Swamiji’s devotees gather to celebrate His birthday on 30th November. Flowers bloom in everyone’s hearts, as an inexplicable warmth engulfs the loving atmosphere at the ashram, despite the bitter cold outside. After...

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Inaugurate to Meditate: The Unveiling of the Divya Dhyan Yog Kaksh

Sri Badrika Ashram hosted the Chief Minister (CM) of Himachal Pradesh, Shri Jairam Thakur, and several other dignitaries, for the inauguration of the Divya Dhyan Yog Kaksh, the ashram’s massive meditation hall, on 14th November 2021.  The ashram buzzed with activity that morning, as devotees and volunteers completed one final dress rehearsal of a...

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The Light of Our World: Diwali 2021

This Diwali, a close-knit ashram family and a handful of devotees warmly welcomed the light of our world, Om Swami. As daylight receded, a multitude of colourful electric lights twinkled, lighting up the efforts of those at the ashram. The many trees in the garden, laden with lights, were reminiscent of the brightest stars....

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Make Light While the Sun Shines!

In keeping with resourcefulness and compelling commitment to conserve the environment, Sri Badrika Ashram is now near self-reliant on a renewable and readily available source –Solar Energy. Life in the ashram has changed since the installation of the Rooftop Solar Power Grid. As part of its CSR initiative, The New India Assurance Company Ltd,...

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Faith, Prayer and a Joyful Life: The Zenrich Finale

To me, faith is a sentiment, it’s an emotion. Just like you fall in love and you surrender in love and you find yourself willing to do anything for the person you love, same is with faith. Faith is love. ~ Om Swami The year-long Zenrich workshops for the ‘Rising Stars’, concluded in August 2021...

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Om Shri Gurubhyo Namah

A true Guru will never tell you to tread his path blindly, instead he’ll encourage you to find your own. He’s gentle like the flowing river, warm like the winter sun, bright like the full moon, rejuvenating like the summer rain. ~ Om Swami This is my prayer to thee, my lord – strike,...

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SBAEYSS – Opportunities and Endless Possibilities

“Let’s strive to create an environment where the billion possibilities in their impressionable brains are given the opportunity to be realized. For a moment, envision them walking in a world, created by us adults, with their heads held high, with hope in their hearts, and a spark in their eyes.” ~ Om Swami The...

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The E-Device Drive – Enabling Education

More than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, schools remain shut. In rural Himachal Pradesh, online classes for the students are a recurring challenge because the students face a lack of ready access to a digital device. This means that they can’t attend these lessons live, or they have to rely on the generosity...

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Silai Kendra, Maryog: Learn, Earn and Teach!

The ashram’s Silai Kendra (stitching centre) is a godsend in terms of livelihood and empowerment for the young women in the district of Sirmaur. Often married off at a young age (as young as 12, even), the stitching centre allows them the opportunity to learn, earn and taste independence for the first time in...

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