Updates and Projects
As ever, life at Maharaj-ji’s ashram in Taos continues to change and evolve. By His grace, several resident staff have transitioned out of the ashram in the last few months. We take this opportunity to express our deep appreciation and acknowledge the following staff for their seva and the unique gifts that each of them brought to the community during their time here. Each of them will be sorely missed for their devoted service to Maharaj-ji and the Taos ashram satsang. Jeffry Breau, General Manager; Ximena, Caretaker; Melanie Chandra Devi Anania, Puja Dukan and social media seva; Luke (Goldilox) Weaver, artist in residence and garden and farm seva. We send each of them best wishes for their next step on the path of devotion wherever it may lead and express our gratitude for their time spent in Taos.The seva at Baba’s Taos ashram continues with love and devotion. Although the ashram continues to observe safety measures instated due to Covid-19, the ashram is being well cared for by devoted staff. Daily puja is being done, the ashram, farm and grounds are being meticulously cared for by Ram-ji, Joe, Naomi, Gwen and several sevaks. Their care and loving devotion to Baba and His ashram is greatly appreciated.
Recently we decided to have a limited soft opening for devotees to come for darshan of Baba and Hanuman, while following all recommended safety practices. The first soft opening was on Saturday June 20, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. It was so sweet to finally have devotees come to the ashram, even if on a limited basis. This past Saturday, June 27, devotees came again and this time up to three people at a time were let in to the Mandir to have darshan, pranam to Maharaj-ji and Hanuman and receive prasad of kicheree and chai. Not many devotees came on either day, but those who were able were overjoyed to once again come to the ashram and mandir. These were both “soft openings” and were only publicized by word of mouth due to concerns about the virus and the desire on our part to have a trial run before the limited on-site Guru Purnima celebration, planned for July 4, 2020. The hope is that after Guru Purnima we will be able to continue to have devotees come to the ashram for darshan on a limited basis.
Please keep in mind that travel to New Mexico from out of state is discouraged at this time for unessential purposes.
Upon the advice of our consulting epidemiologist, Dr. Larry Brilliant, a longtime devotee of Maharaj-ji, who guided his participation in the World Health Organization’s eradication of small pox in the 1970’s, We will continue to keep the Ashram Closed to all Visitors. It is the wiser course for all devotees to refrain from premature visits to the ashram for Darshan currently to prevent the potential spread of the covid 19 coronavirus.
If you are planning on visiting New Mexico at any time, by car or plane, please note that as of July 1st NM state Mandate REQUIRES all persons traveling from out of state to observe a 14 self-isolation quarantine upon entering the state. Masks are required in all public spaces and a minimum 6 foot social distance is encouraged. Thank you for helping to keep our community and the world a safer place for all.
We will continue to do our best to work with the state and local agencies to alert you to any changes as we all move towards a safe re-opening. We at the Neem Karoli Baba Ashram are doing all we can to maintain a safe and healthy temple for you all to return to when we have made it through this challenging time.
A Message of Support for Black Lives Matter and Anti-Racist Policies
The Taos Ashram was founded in the name of Sri Neem Karoli Baba, whose teachings are of inclusivity and the oneness of all. Maharaj-ji did not see differences in color, or creed. All were treated with love and respect.
The Sri Neem Karoli Baba Ashram board and staff stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter Movement and all BIPOC communities as they yet again are subjected to pain and suffering at the hands of a racist and unjust system. Systemic injustice, inequality and White Supremacy call for systemic change now.
The ashram board and staff are committed to being a part of and support for building a more just and equitable world for all people. We are committed to exploring ways to expand diversity, inclusion, and equality in the ashram’s board of directors, management and staff. We recognize that we serve a very diverse satsang. A large part of our constituency are Indians from India, who are often affected by racist policies and attacks due to the color of their skin and are the “model minority” used to create barriers between BIPOC.. We also commit to examining racist policies at the ashram and the imbalance of diversity within our structure.
To our black and brown siblings, your lives matter. You deserve to breathe, to breathe air that is not flooded with tear gas at anytime. In this time particularly, when black and brown, poor, elderly, working class and incarcerated are being hit the worst by the Covid-19 virus, it is vital to remember that breath and equal access to resources is a human right. It is a right of existence. Black and brown people deserve to breathe in safety and in peace. Breath is not something to be deserved. Your life and breathe matters.
The horrible, ruthless and senseless killing of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breona Taylor, Tone McDads and countless others at the hands of Police and White Supremacists, requires all to unite in solidarity with the outpouring of hurt, anger and frustration being expressed by all those hundreds of thousands of people protesting across the globe in what is the largest civil rights movement in human history. The frightening scenes of assaults and provocations against citizens by law enforcement sworn to keep the peace and ensure the safety of all, is deeply distressing. We join in support of Black Lives Matter, in support of global anti-racist policies and reform, and in building a peaceful loving future for all people.
Sri Neem Karoli Baba said “All Are My Family.” In these difficult times we at the ashram commit to remember this and stand in support of, and solidarity with, our Guru bhai and bahen of color. We are all ONE!
By His Grace and with all of our love and support we will be part of the change that is needed and is coming.
In Loving Awareness
Sri Neem Karoli Baba Ashram Board of Directors
Hanuman das Vice President
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- Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation by Rev. angel Kyodo Williams, Lama Rod Owens, and Jasmine Syedullah
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Teachers and Thought Leaders to Support:
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- Rev. Angel Kyodo Williams
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- Rhonda Magee
- Leslie Booker
- Ibram X. Kendi
- Dr. Christena Cleveland
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- Rachel Cargle
- Centered in Blackness: Designing Contemplative Spaces for Black People with Dr. Michelle Coghill Chatman and Dr. Steven Thurston Oliver
- How to Be a Good Ally – Identity, Privilege, Resistance by Ahsante the Artist
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- Tamika Mallory – The Most Powerful Speech of a Generation
- Systemic Racism Explained
- The Invention of Whiteness by John A. Powell, professor of Law, UC Berkeley
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- Healing the Harm in Schools with UDC Professor Dr. Michelle Chatman
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