SHARANYA Newsletter: April/May 2008
In This Issue:
Wine Blessing Mantra
Community Puja - This Sunday (4/27)
Holy Days
Vishuddha Tea!
Join our community!
Contact Info

Wine Blessing Mantra


This mantra, affectionately known in SHARANYA as the Sanskrit drinking song, is a powerful blessing for sacred substances. In particular, we use it during our pujas to bless the wine we share in community.

This mantra invites us, through our chant, to transform the wine into the most pure embodiment of knowledge or wisdom as contained in amrita, the nectar of immortality which arose during the samudra manthan, or churning of the ocean of milk...

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Community Puja - This Sunday (4/27)

Join us SUNDAY, 4/27 for Kali Puja in San Francisco!

Come join us! Together we will worship Kali Maa through our devotional and (r)evolutionary worship that brings together traditions of East and West. Our ceremonies are fun, participatory, transformative and full of love for Maa.

We gather this Sunday at 5:30pm
and look forward to honoring the
Divine Mother with you.

Jai Maa Kali ki Jai!

Requested sliding scale donation is $11-21. No one is turned away for lack of funds - give what you can, even if it's just your love and devotion! We encourage you to wear red (Kali's sacred color), and to refrain from wearing black. You may bring flowers for the altar, and/or vegetarian sweets to share. We will have community time following the ceremony.

Please RSVP to if you would like to attend.

5:30 - 8p.m. Please arrive on time.

*PLEASE NOTE: Doors close @ 5:45p.m. to respect the sacred space we are creating. For this reason no one may be admitted after this time. Thank you for your understanding.

he Cultural Integration Fellowship (CIF)
2650 Fulton Street at 3rd Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94118

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Holy Days

*Community Kali Puja (4/27)Join us for an evening of transformative and heartfelt devotion in San Francisco! See above for details. If you can't join us physically, join us in spirit by lighting a candle and practicing this month's mantra (5:30pm - 8:00pm).

*Hanuman Jayanti (4/20)
Celebrate this day in honor of the persevering monkey-God, Hanuman. He is most revered for saving the day in the epic tale, The Ramayana,when he is given the responsibility to find Sita. He indeed finds her, and fights off the demons who kidnapped her witha strength and brilliance that is honored on this day, April 20th.  When looking for courage and strength, especially if it what lies before you seems a huge feat, pray to this bold and wise deity with a common Sanskrit honoring of Bajrangbali ki Jai! (Victory to your thunderbolt strength!)

*Beltane (5/1) Welcome back Sun! Give gratitude for the warm months ahead as Mother Gaia rouses from Her long winter slumber. There is much fun to be had on this day; from dancing around the Maypole for abundance and fertility to the burning away of anything left over from the long winter months at the Bel Fire. Take time on this special day to fully release anything you are still holding onto from Winter. In making room for new growth in your life, whether that be a relationship, job, or even self-care, you must sometimes cut the old off all the way down to its very roots.


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Vishuddha Tea!

For those of us who have been sick in the past few months, enjoy this soothing tea remedy for your throat chakra...

Vishuddha Tea Ingredients:
*3 brown tea rice bags
*3 cardamom pods(with ends slit)
*3-5 cloves
*3 cinnamon sticks
*1/2 tsp. turmeric
*9-10 cups water

Combine all ingredients in a large pot on high heat. After bringing to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes. Strain, serve, and enjoy~Jai Maa!


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SHARANYA: The Maa Batakali Cultural Mission, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit Devi Mandir (Goddess Temple). All donations are tax-deductible. For more information about upcoming events, please visit or email All are welcome!

Jai Maa!


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