SHARANYA Newsletter: March/April 2008
 
 
In This Issue:
Three-Eyed Shiva Mantra
Community Puja - This Sunday (3/30)
Holy Days
Yogini Tea!
Join our community!
Contact Info


Three-Eyed Shiva Mantra

This mantra, called the Mahamrityunjaya Mantra (or Death-Conquering Mantra), is Vedic and used during many of our closed circles at SHARANYA to invoke and honor Shiva, the Three-eyed One, He Who Removes Fear From (i.e., Conquers) Death.

This mantra invites us to celebrate that which permeates the three worlds, the essence of devotion, toward a liberation from ego attachment. It is a meditation into selfless surrender, a dissolving therefore of the pain we feel when attached to this world and its encumbrances, and then separated from them. Were we not attached so strongly, we would not feel the "death" and our sense of it would not lead to such suffering.

We utilize this mantra to meditate on that which liberates us from the attachments and agendas of the mundane realm. We pray with it to grant us freedom of thought and clarity of mind so that we may follow our heart's longing for deep connection with the true nature of life, which goes beyond death of the body and the small self.

Use this mantra in your daily practice to facilitate movement toward non-dual awareness, that which lies outside your relationship with a personalization of the Divine. Like the cucumber liberated from the vine, free yourself with this mantra and enjoy the refreshing, cooling nourishment you can receive through your practice.

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Community Puja - This Sunday (3/30)

Join us SUNDAY, 3/30 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 info@sharanya.org if you would like to attend.

Time:
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.

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

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Holy Days

*Community Kali Puja (3/30)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).

*Maha Shivaratri (3/6)Hara Hara Mahadev! Join in celebration of this sacred day, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Maha Shivaratri (Sanskrit meaning- Maha(Great) and Ratri(Night)) is the night upon which Lord Shiva performed His Tandava Nritya, or dance of creation, preservation , and destruction. Yellow is His favorite color if you would like to offer him a flower. Honor this sacred form of the Masculine with His 5-syllabled mantra, Aum Namah Sivaya.

*Ostara (3/20)
Welcome back Spring! Ostara (or Eostre or Eostar- sound familiar?) celebrates the Vernal Equinox and official beginning of Spring. After the long, dark winter months, the day and night are finally in harmony. This is the time when the Goddess is awakened in the earth and Her soil is fertile for planting seeds of hope and renewal. Think about something you'd like to manifest with the return of the Spring. Take time to commit to growth. What part of yourself would you like to grow as we move towards Beltane and sow our seeds?

*Holi (3/22) Happy return of Spring and New Year at the same time! This day celebrates Holi and the Hindu New year, according to the Saka calendar. Holi is celebrated every year on the day after the full moon in March. It is a one of a kind holiday in which colored dye(every color in the rainbow) is mixed with water and squirted on every person within range. This is a day of fun and relaxation in India- a colorful sight to see in honor of the Spring!

*Poila Baishakh - Bengali New Year (4/14) People say, "naba barsha," or happy new year and decorate and clean their houses. They spend time honoring Lakshmi and those with businesses especially offer gratitude to Ganesha so that the new year will be blessed and prosperous.

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Yogini Tea!

Enjoy this special brew for a calming, yet renewed afterglow...

Yogini Tea Ingredients:
*7 small pieces cinnamon bark
*1 1/2 tsp whole fenugreek seeds
*2 tsp cardamom pods
*2 tsp cloves
*1 tsp whole peppercorns
*2 tsp fennel seeds
*3 tsp fresh ginger, chopped

Crush all the ingredients, except for the ginger, in a small brown paper bag. You can use either a rolling pin or hammer(gently, unless you want it to have a lot of pitta (fire) energy:).

Combine all ingredients into a large bowl and mix together. Use approx. 1-2 tsp per pot of hot water, then steep to your taste. Be sure to store the leftover in an airtight container for future Yogini enjoyment ~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 www.sharanya.org/calendar/ or email info@sharanya.org. All are welcome!

Jai Maa!

 

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