letter from swamiji in madihalli

April 4, 2017
 
Dear Sri & Srimati  and All Devotees your family and friends,
 
Many Blessings of Sriman Narayana & Best Wishes from Badarikashrama.
 
Madihalli is a beautiful place. All these years we didn’t realize its goodness.  It is a Tapobhumi, a land of strengthening and sacrifice, a land of realizing.   It has been a struggle because of a three year  drought with electricity and water shortage which has caused many plants to die. Since January I’ve been in Madihalli.  A lot of programs have been conducted. I visited Delhi for official works and enjoyed staying with Kiran and Aruna Rai. In January we celebrated Yuvajana Jagruti Samavesha ( Youth program).  For five days we visited 10 high schools to share the teachings of Swami Vivekananda and other saints and sages. It was wonderful to see students and teachers gathered to listen to a message for the New Age, inspiring the minds of the youth on the values of life.  Swamiji’s from the Ramakrishna Ashrama and Mutt, Halasuru Bangalore along with Swami Omkarananda spoke to thousands of students over a weeklong function.  
On the 28th and 29th students from the Taluk and from Sheshadripuram High School, Bangalore attended Swami Vivekananda Jayanti Celebration in collaboration with Yuvajana Jagruti Samavesha.  All gathered for two days under the unfinished Sabhangana which is still under construction.  Talks were given by highly trained resource persons and educators from Bangalore and Mysore.  The students had an opportunity to share their talents. It was a very successful and well received program.  By your help and support Badarikashrama is able to create and offer such programs to the public.
 
Narayana Sadhaka has been working with me. When are you all planning to visit us. The best time is June onwards. Now school is on holidays.
 
In February we held a wonderful Annual School Day program for the Vidyashala.  We also celebrated Shivaratri in the Mandir.  In March we celebrated Sri Ramakrishna Jayanti.  Between January and April I was invited to various programs as a guest.   I attended a temple inauguration, house inauguration,  school programs, a graduation program, etc.  Where ever I go I  speaks on the message of Swami Vivekananda and the values of life.  “Weakness is death, strength is life,” Swami Vivekanananda.  Life is precious; it is a God given gift.  We must preciously preserve it.
Dear devotees, my thoughts and prayers are for your well- being.  Man must change his mind for the higher values of life.  If he changes his mind to the real reality his life will gloriously grow and a great change will come over him.  Man is born to research, recognize and realize the higher values.  All our petty things vanish away.  The eternal principal, truth and love will remain forever.  It will give peace and joy (ananda).
 
May the Supreme Lord bless you with a glorious life of peace and understanding.
 
Yours Lovingly,
Swamiji
Ps. I am looking forward to hearing from you about the daily life of you and your family.founder

A Navaratri Letter from Swami Omkaranandaji Maharaj

Dear Devotees,
Great blessings from the Divine Mother, SriMahalakshmi,Sri Saraswathi, Sri Mahakali, to all of you,your family, and friends.
Those who are yearning for the blessings Divine Mother will bestow, She is the creator , the restrainer, and preserver,and will bestow the blessings.
It is a good time for fasting and prayer to purify our physical,emotional and intellectual life. From Vedic times till today our Rishis gave to  humanity, hand to work, mind to rest, through the path of devotion,path of discipline, path of householder life.
Keep a part of time in your daily routine to devote the presence of the Divine Mother in ourselves, in our house, for the best of our health,best of our happiness, best of our peace, to maintain the culture,maintain the tradition, maintain the path of devotion. This is to have control over ourselves, the world is vast,wide, and open.
“Sagaramekala”, She dances on the ocean as waves, She dances in our mind as emotion, Drink the nectar of the Divine Name, In human life, obtaining , performing, artha and kama, fulfillment of our desires, fulfillment of our daily duties, according to dharma, that brings moksha, happiness.
In Navaratari, Sri Durga Puja, renewing our pledges to the Divine Mother, renewing our devotion, renewing our duties, renewing our values, finding happiness in the midst of busy family life. Durga is the destroyer of our ignorance, Shakti is the bestower of our strength. To those who seek Her grace it will be given.
When we are young, we went with the play and study, when we are grown we went in the social realm,emotional, etc.
When will we have the time to think of our Self. Make a daily routine, sit for a few minutes, recite the Divine Mother’s names, sing a song, talk to God in your own way, with heart and mind. God will hear,Mother will  hear.
Here in Madihalli, six days Navaratari is going on, morning, Chandi Patha, morning 5:30 am to 8 am, meditation,kirtan, puja, 9:30 am to 12 noon, Durga Saptasati recitation, evening 6:30 pm to 8 pm, Sri Ramakrishna Aratrikam, kirtan, Lalitha Sahasranama recitation, and discussion. It is very peaceful in the month of Sharadhruthu.
Due to rain everywhere is green, blossoms, everywhere water, She dances in the waves of leaves. She dances in a green sari in the air. In the field, in the air, in the trees, Clouds after clouds moves, sun rises and sunset turns to a different colours, birds are singing, the day ending silence is approaching, stars are peeking,
You all have a wonderful Navaratri, go to Badarikashrama, join with Vishu Maharaj, Narayana Sadeka, have  garba, recite the mantras during the homa join with kirtan and recitation in the evening.
May you all have the blessings of the Divine Mother, health and peace.
After Navaratri, Deepavali is approaching. Swami is coming to San Leandro on November 18th and will be there until January 7th, joining in the Thanksgiving Dinner, conducting 108 Samuhika Satyanarayana Puja, joining Sri Sarada Devi Jayanti, Christmas Dinner, joining in Akanda Ramayana. I am anxious to join in these programmes and share with you all. I’m bringing the blessings of Mother India , please come and join me and receive.
Swami Mangalananda has come back from Bangaluru and is doing an excellent job. Healthwise she is doing well.
My deepest love to all of you. Many blessings. Thank all of you in my short life you have given me an opportunity to serve this community.
School is reopening on October 26th after Navaratri.
Looking forward to seeing you all.
Yours Lovingly,
Swamiji

Welcome to Badarikashrama

Welcome to Badarikashrama – spiritual center dedicated to education and service to humanity.

Badarikashrama is an oasis of peace, tranquility, simplicity and devotion to Narayana – our Universal Creator.  Founded by respected Swami Omkarananda, we have two spiritual centers located at Madihalli, Karnataka, India and in San Leandro, USA.

At our USA center, we offer daily puja and services, and also offer several events around the year centered around Indian festivals, music, dance, cultural talks and yoga. We also offer a Balasamaskara (cultural education for children) Kendra. You can find upcoming events are on our webpage.

At our India center, we are currently working on the Madihalli School Project (Vidyshala). We are currently building a computer lab in the school in addition to building almost a quarter-mile long retaining wall to provide security to the children.

We invite you to explore the tranquil environment at the ashrama in USA and India and feel the peace and vibrations for yourself!

We recently updated our website to reflect the changes taking place in the Badarikashrama India and USA centers.  We hope you enjoy the website and look forward to your feedback.

Also, look forward to seeing you at Badarikashrama!