Divali Offerings to the Divine Mother
With 2009 marking the ten-year anniversary of SHARANYA's founding, this year's...
Kali Puja Festival & Fundraiser
...is taking on a special character and some new dimensions, including a silent auction and a raffle. With your help, we are planning to fill the temple with chant, song, dance, devotion, and celebration, all the while putting energy into the formation of an ongoing, sustainable, and strong community in Her name. Jai Maa!
To help us share safe spaces in which to honor Her love and presence, we welcome you to donate or volunteer, becoming part of our extended family and a unique expression of Her beauty in the world as you join with us to facilitate the expression of your own heartsong.
We look forward to welcoming you in circle if you can join us in person...and thank you for all you do in community and in Her service, whether near or far.
Schedule of Events
We come together on Saturday, October 17, 2009 in devotion and reverence. RSVP or let us bring you into the circle with us by making your online contribution:
- 5pm - Doors open and Silent Auction begins. Purchase raffle tickets.
Silent Auction bids for astrology readings, yoga lessons, private relationship pujas, spiritual goodie baskets, Indian outfits, and other items will be taken.
Raffle winner takes home a reservation for an airplane tour around the gorgeous San Francisco Bay! Pre-sale raffle tickets now available!
- 5:45pm - Processional for puja
- 6:00pm - Worship ceremony starts (no one admitted after this time)
- 8:30pm - Community time and sharing of prasad (blessed food)
- 9:00pm - Bids for silent auction reviewed. Winners for silent auction items and raffle prize announced.
NOTE: You must be present to win!
- 9:30pm - Event concludes.
To listen to this mantra for worship and praise of Maa Kali and use in your own puja ceremony, click here.
Jai Maa Kali ki Jai!
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Why Donate? You Make a Difference...
SHARANYA is dedicated to promoting a vision of the world as a global community, alive in its diversity, united in its essential humanity. We recognize the spark we all share no matter what our address, be it New York or Kolkata.
Through open hearts, surrendered egos, willingness, and a deep commitment, SHARANYA helps to create a compassionate and strong, safe space for individuals of all backgrounds and faiths to engage spirituality and explore the inner landscape toward mind-body-spirit well-being.
Your contributions make all the difference as we work to keep engaged spirituality and a unique spiritual expression of service viable in the world. At SHARANYA, our Goddess Temple survives because of you, because of your support. For all of the ways in which you love the Divine and make Her manifest, we are deeply grateful.
Thank you for your commitment
to making spirituality
a vehicle for social justice
and life-affirming change.
Thank you for helping the spread of
Maa's love in the world. Jai Maa!
In all that we do, we seek to remember the united soul of humanity as we strive to support an evolution of consciousness through engagement in the communities and diversity of perspectives that promote sustainability of Earth and her inhabitants.
Today, in a culture in crisis, with dislocated global citizens, the looming dark cloud of climate change, diseases of the heart and soul, and other ills plaguing our planet, people are looking for a safe place to call home; they are looking for community, for others who share their deep-felt concerns and worries, and above all else, they are looking to find a family where people are committed to making a better future through the hard work of personal growth, community building, and service to others.
Can I make a donation for Maa's worship if I live outside the Bay Area or can't attend this month?
Our mission is to empower seeds of change on personal, collective, and planetary levels towards respect, responsibility, and the fullest awareness of an interconnected, interrelated cosmic reality that promotes peace, truth, and a (r)evolution of consciousness that works toward wholeness. We welcome any and all of your contributions to our efforts...join us!
Jai Maa! Absolutely.
Should you wish to contribute to the worship, know that we will call your name into circle so that your intention will be with Maa and held by community in sacred space. We can also mail you a flower from the ceremony to put on your altar if you desire. Just let us know with your donation and be sure to provide a current mailing address.
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Work the Magick & Attend a Puja!
At SHARANYA, we are dedicated in our worship to Goddess Kali in Her myriad forms, including those as She is expressed through the world's various traditions that honor the Dark Goddess, the one who holds the wisdom of the full spectrum of human beingness. Ceremony is held in the Sha'can tradition and lead by Rashani (ordained clergy) with help from community.
Our puja infuses methods and practices from East and West in order to create a sacred space for worship, deepening, and opening on the path of the bhakta, or devotee of the Divine. Learn more about what our ceremonies are like with this brief introduction.
What to bring... Offerings for the main altar are welcome. It is customary to bring flowers, fruit, wine, vegetarian offerings, or sweets and to refrain from wearing black to our public rituals. If you wish to wear a special color for Kali, we invite you to don red, a color associated with Her power in the phenomenal world as shakti, the activating force and the energy of creation. You are also invited to bring an object you would like to have blessed.
A sliding scale donation of $21-11 is suggested to cover the cost of the space, puja supplies and prasad (blessed food); however, no one is ever turned away for lack of funds, and any donation is graciously accepted; we appreciate so much the offerings you make to support our work and the community.
An R.S.V.P. is requested if you would like to participate, and you may do so by making a contribution online. All regular monthly Kali Puja ceremonies begin at 5:30 p.m. No one is admitted after 5:45pm. Worship usually ends at 8:00pm and is followed by community time and sharing of prasad. (Click here for information regarding our Annual Kali Puja Festival & Fundraiser.)
For all events, children are welcome, but no childcare is provided.
Cushions and chairs are available (arrangements can be made for wheelchair access - kindly let us know in advance).
Call for information, including location and directions to our other events around the Bay Area: (415) 505-6840, or email us. Pujas are preceded by our teaching circle, Daughters of Kali.
New! Temple Etiquette and Good Things to Know for Puja!
Not in the San Francisco Bay Area?
If you are not in the Bay Area or cannot attend events for any reason, please join one of our online communities and participate in learning more about Maa through...
A Wisdom School for Her Mysteries & Dedicated to
(R)evolutionary Shakta Tantra
Kali Vidya is offering a series of classes that you can work through independently or with your current worship circle.NEXT CLASS STARTS JANUARY 5, 2010
All are welcome at our mandir (temple). Maa embraces all: sarvam sarvatmakam...for everything is the essence of everything else.
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The topic of engaged spirituality is very much alive today—with practitioners, business schools, seminaries, therapy rooms and social science researchers now both documenting and discussing the ways in which connection to something outside of oneself can often serve to fuel passion and catalyze action for the betterment of society. In this conversation, there is room for those of us who sit at tables other than the ones catering to the world’s main religions.
Through awareness of our unity, principles of solidarity and the common good come to the fore, and this can propel us to advocate for social conditions that ensure all people and groups in society are able to meet their needs and realize their potential. Certainly, for example, we know that our living environment is critically important to quality of life, and it is both unjust and unfair that the risks and costs of production are loaded onto the living environments of some people, while others enjoy the benefits but avoid those costs.
Today, such wisdoms—those that honor both human and Earth bodies as sacred—are being continued, reclaimed and evolved, forging a deep and strong relationship among equity, ecology and economy: the three e’s of sustainability. Many of us in the realm of choice spiritualities are part of that process. For some, we are aware that our spirituality offers a direct response not only to ecological disasters and global warming, but also to abuses that have led humanity away from ethical, just, integral and holistic ways of being and doing—often because of or at the behest of religion. For others, we are aware that reclaiming the human tradition of spirituality—spirituality beyond and outside of religion—that has existed since long before recorded history is opening us to healing on multiple levels.
The healing process into which we have tapped is also driving the living of an engaged spirituality that makes sustainability real and leads so many of those called to respond to the environmental and other crises to a place of balance from which new meanings, new relationships and new visions wholly relevant now are being created. This too moves us out of the boundaries of a purely religious sphere and sets us in alignment with those who have catalyzed humanity around greater truths and values than those offered by any one tradition…offering us access to universal truths that touch those of all faiths and backgrounds.
As we come together today, bearing witnessing to the trajectory from Dr. King’s famous “I have a dream” speech to this year’s inauguration of our first African-American president, we realize the importance of what it means to imagine possibilities that exceed the realistic expectations of the time in which they have been offered.
With this in mind, we can recognize that our spirituality is part of something much larger and greater; and this “something” is not located on the margins. Rather, it is indeed at the center, at the very heart of our world soul at this moment in time. We may cherish our marginal status because we detest the center of religion and the normative; but the work we do every day, as both individual practitioners and communities, is part of the fabric of social transformation in service to the life of our world. And that is not marginal—that is a space we must claim and claim loudly. With millions of Americans today lying outside of the religious mainstream, and with over one million Pagans (and our numbers growing significantly), this is certainly within the realm of the achievable—part of our imagining of possibilities.
Here is where our thinking may stretch, for this is not just about biodiversity and green witchcraft for the cause; it is about an inclusivity of consciousness and of forging pathways on which spirit can act both theoretically and concretely to counter the destructive paradigms of today. It is about being out, about alliance building, about collaborations, about finding common language. As one interfaith minister recently shared in conversation, it may very well be about adopting the language of mysticism in order to get the message through—because from that place, it doesn’t matter that you’re Pagan—it matters that you’re ‘one of them.’
In this way, we are creating a new center, a new reality of lived spaces of and for engagement that are meaningful yes, personally, but also collectively. And this is where soul-making qualities such as vision, leadership, community, integrity, wisdom, courage and commitment are appearing on the path of an acknowledged spirituality in arenas outside of the traditional places of worship.
Accordingly, our claiming this space means that the traditional metaphors by which we live, the values upon which we base decisions and the assumptions we make about the impact of our engagement with the world are all to be challenged. Here again, spirituality is the springboard to truth, meaning and connection. Digging deeper into our selves, we find the center of everyone; this is how the work of sustainability across social, environmental, political and other spheres happens. In this space, by evoking and listening to each other’s stories, the invitation is to allow our work together to be gift, one unfolding into the process by which humanity begins to become aware of co-creating with one other, with our ecological matrix, and ultimately, with the Divine from which all creativity and consciousness arises.
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Our Community Welcomes You
Interested in lending your love of Maa, your creativity, your inspiration to Kali Puja? Feel free to bring us your ideas and energy!
We have many ways for you to become immediately and directly involved in a vibrant and growing spiritual community, and look forward to your unique expression of joy in Her name. We welcome your suggestions too; your experience, expertise, and desire can inform many of the ways we do Her work in the world!
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Our Sanctuary is your sanctuary.
Everyone is welcome in Maa's house!
SHARANYA/The Maa Batakali Cultural Mission, Inc., is a federally-recognized 501(c)(3) Devi Mandir (Goddess Temple), nestled near the ocean in vibrant San Francisco.
In our Sanctuary, we hold a sacred intention to break dualistic constructions of spirit open into a paradoxical cosmology riding the edge of chaos and order; for we know that this is the place where everything is created.
Together, we work to un-demonize the Sacred Feminine in service to an embodied, integral spirituality and work for life-affirming transformation by radically engaging the disciplines and spiritual technologies of energy and consciousness, as well as awareness of the combination of ontology, epistemology, axiology and methodology that encompasses the formation of a new worldview. Ours is a (R)evolutionary Shakta Tantra!
In the sacred texts of Tantra, we learn of Her expression of virtues. She is Divine Mother, and we honor Her as such. Yet, it is also true that sexuality, the fecundity of menstrual blood, the wild and untamable nature of reality, and all things antinomian come together in Her. Through Her, Dark Goddess, we see the potential for liberation because Devi is able, as dictated in the scriptures and by the lineage of the ancients, to lead aspirants to the highest and most engaged reality.
Our sanctuary is our home temple where we contemplate Her mysteries. We gather regularly for active worship (puja), meditation, satsang, community building, rites of passage work, life-event ceremonies, lectures, and classes. Join us! In addition, for those seeking deeper work we also provide opportunities for study, initiation and ordination. Our regular wheel-of-the-year calendar of services may help orient you to our tradition and offerings.
Other community rituals and work provided in service to our commitment to engaged spirituality include spiritual counseling, divination (tarot), amavasya (new moon) and purnima (full moon) celebrations, and personal healing through energy work. Take a look at our offerings, and join us in expanding Spirit in the world!
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Quote of the Month
It is possible [to empower women] through the revival of an energized feminine principle symbolized by Kālī—the most significant Goddess in the Hindu pantheon…
Kālī in the non-Sanskritic personification—ethically dynamic and control-free. Kālī—autonomous and active and not defined by male control as she is depicted in later mythological texts by her “spousification” with her consort Shiva.
Kālī who challenges the civilized order of Dharma and the status quo.
-- Rani Jethmalani
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To the Kaula & Community
Gratitudes and Blessings...
For our commitment on the path of self-discovery and engaged spirituality.
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