Ashram Update Summer 2020

Ram Ram, Dear Satsang,
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.

To keep informed please check the ashram’s website @nkbashram.org or Facebook page.

Covid-19 Update July 1 2020

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.
Ram Ram

A message of support for black lives matter and anti-racist policies from the neem karoli baba ashram

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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ASHRAM CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

“If you remember God, then He takes care of everything.”
Maharaj-ji

 

Ram Ram, Dear Satsang,

We miss seeing all of you in person and hope this finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy. With the uncertain future of the coronavirus pandemic and a deep desire to support and protect our community, the ashram’s Board of Directors and management have made the challenging decision to cancel the upcoming Guru Purnima festival at the temple (scheduled for July 3rd – 5th). This will include postponement of the Ram Dass Celebration of Life (scheduled for July 5th) to a date sometime in the future when it is safe to gather again. However, We will be hosting a VIRTUAL Guru Purnima Saturday July 4th. Click Here for more details.

In addition to the cancellation of this festival, the ashram will also remain fully closed until such time as it is deemed fully safe to reopen to visitors.

We are beginning development of a phased re-open plan that will allow us to slowly and gradually allow access to parts of the ashram in a safe way. To create this, we are following the guidance of the New Mexico and Taos county governments and the advice of experts and will share details and timelines in the coming months. We are satsang, and if any of you have special needs or know of any one who is in need let us know if there is some way we can be of assistance.

In the meantime, we are finding new ways to come together online in this time of physical distancing. We are planning on having virtual gatherings on July 4th and 5th for Guru Purnima and in celebration of Ram Dass’ life, details on this will be released shortly on our websiteFacebook, and email. Additionally, we are continuing to livestream our twice daily aartis and have been posting and livestreaming daily on our Facebook page. We hope you’ll join us there, it’s been great having a way to hear from and connect with satsang from around the world.

Ashram Remaining Closed Through April

Dear Satsang,
We hope you all had a wonderful Hanuman Jayanti and are staying safe during this challenging time. Unfortunately, given the current state of the Covid-19 pandemic, the ashram will remain closed through at least the end of April. The state of New Mexico has extended the state of emergency and stay-at-home requirements until April 30th. We will continue following the situation and government orders and update everyone at the start of May.

The ashramites who live and serve at the ashram have been taking strong steps to ensure the health and well being of one another. We sanitize all high-touch surfaces in the ashram multiple times a day and have limited grocery runs to once every two weeks. We are fortunate that the gardens are already producing nutritious produce and flowers that can be used for puja. Even though the ashram is closed, we are continuing all of the daily offerings, pujas, and aarti ceremonies. It’s important that we not only care for one another but also ensure the deities and space are cared for. Additionally, we’ve been catching up on maintenance projects around the ashram, including sanding and refinishing benches, pruning the many ashram trees, cleaning and re-digging acequia ditches, and a wide variety of repairs. We are fortunate to have a live-in team that has a wide range of skills and a deep devotion to Maharaj-ji and His ashram.

While our biggest seva at this point is doing what we can to limit the spread of the virus, we are also partnering with two local food pantries to ensure the community is fed. The ashramites have been able to both donate food and volunteer packing and loading boxes into people’s cars. These groups have worked with the New Mexico health department to set-up their processes and we’ve found that partnering with them is a safe and effective way to help ‘feed everyone.’

We miss seeing all of you at the ashram but so appreciate what everyone is doing to help keep the community and country safe. It’s been heartening to see all of you joining us virtually for our aarti prayers. We will continue to live stream our twice daily aartis and are also streaming and posting frequently on our Facebook and Instagram accounts, we hope to see you there! If you’d like us to post any other online content or have additional thoughts, please reach out at feedback@nkbashram.org.

With so much love,
Jeffrey Breau
Devotee and Sevak

“All action is prayer, all trees are desire-fulfilling, all water is the Ganges, all land is Varanasi. Love everything.” –Maharaj-ji
राम राम राम राम राम राम राम राम राम राम राम राम राम राम राम राम राम राम राम राम राम

Generally, over 50% of the ashram’s income comes from in-person donations. Unfortunately, with the ashram being closed this means there’s been a dramatic decrease in funds. While we’ve been able to reduce much of our spending, we still have considerable fixed costs, such as insurance and utilities, which can’t be adjusted. We know this is a challenging time financially for many, but if you are able to make even a small online contribution, it will help to take care of Maharaj-ji’s ashram and His community. Additionally, if you make purchases on Amazon, please consider using Amazon Smile and support the Neem Karoli Baba Ashram, Inc. as your charity.

Thank you for your support!

राम राम राम राम राम राम राम राम राम राम राम राम राम राम राम राम राम राम राम राम राम

 

Ashramites volunteer with the St. James Church Food Pantry to provide Taoseños with non-perishable food.
Jai Hanuman!! Jai Gurudev!!