Dear Community members and Friends,
The September 3rd inauguration event with Her Holiness Shree Sai Maa was a great success. Around 300 people from more than 3 communities from all over the east coast, attended what proved to be an extremely rare and even historical event at the Bodhivastu Meditation Retreat and Healing Sanctuary (Previously Rudi’s Big Indian Ashram) . Several colorful ceremonies were conducted by 6 Indian Pundits flown in by Shree Sai Maa and her community along with our resident Loppon, Lama Rangbar Nyima Ozer.
The purpose of the ceremonies was to inaugurate the Mariamma Tara sacred statue or “Murti” as they call it in the Hindi language, in the Vedic tradition of Shree Sai Maa and for the communities to offer gratitude all around. Members form the Rudi community including John and Capella Mann who donated the land to Bodhivastu, and Silver Ra Baker who made the original Stupa on the land, attended along with Bodhivastu community and many from the local area. A dedication stone crafted by Lama Rangbar was unveiled amidst offering of flower garlands, silk scarves and a Holy Cow and her calf as witnesses. Although the Ashram effectively remained effectively dormant for over 20 years, the Bodhivastu Foundation has successfully rebooted the place with love and no small amount of local interest and participation.
Lama Rangbar said: “This place is a beautiful reflection of what created it. It is a fruit of three years of cooperation and selfless service of so many people who want a place to come to in order to meditate and focus on their inner worlds. A place to recharge and let the tensions go and to do spiritual practices. Everyone worked very hard for this and the event is a kind of culmination even though it is certainly a new beginning as well.”
Eric Holman of Dharmaware in Woodstock said:
“In fact this is an historic event. We grew up with this Ashram’s activities and this is the first time we are seeing it come back to life. It’s truly amazing to see this unfold in front of our eyes in such a spectacular manner.”
The World Peace Meditation gardens surrounding the beautiful Mariamma Tara Temple are normally open to the public unless retreats are in progress. The place is dedicated to world Peace and “an end of suffering of any and all kinds” Perhaps that explains the extremely peaceful vibration one can experience while meditating in these gardens.
About Mariamma Tara:
This magnificent statue of Mariamma was first gifted to Sai Maa by His Holiness Sri Tiruchi Mahaswamigal. Shree Sai Maa then chose Lama Rangbar Nyimai Ozer and the Bodhivastu Foundation to create a home for Mariamma, on at the Big Indian Meditation Retreat and Healing Sanctuary. This precious and blessed gathering reflects the universality of the mission of all of our communities for global enlightenment, and our focus upon cooperation among all spiritual traditions.
The sacred celebration and ceremony experience was a gift from Shree Sai Maa with a feast offered by Bodhivastu.
For the benefit of all,
The Bodhivastu Team