Knowing Your True Self


I received an email notice for an 8-week course, which “gives you some insight as to what it’s about. . . . teach[es] you to live from what they call ‘your Authentic Self’. This is the Divine Self that resides within – the one revealed to us through our daily meditation practice. It is the place where noise, conflict, struggle and upsets disappear. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to wake up every day with joy and enthusiasm?”

The course will cost $598. However, I recommend a different course of action which will only cost you some effort.

The notice continued:

“Are you ready to…

Release inner disturbances—limiting beliefs and emotional upsets that have kept you playing smaller than your Authentic Self?

Move into your innate power of creativity and inspiration?

Experience the Freedom that comes with living your daily life from a spiritual context?”

If you are new to mantras, these two mantras repeated 1008 times a day each, will change you to resonate with the Divine.

Lakshmi and Ganesha

Lakshmi and Ganesha

Om Gam Ganapatayae Namaha will remove obstacles, inner and outer, and bring your mind into focus.

Om Shreem Maha Lakshmiyae Namaha will bring all kinds of inner abundance.

Repeat each mantra 1008 times or 10 malas a day for 8 weeks faithfully, and you will have the basis to know your true self and achieve the goals stated in the course. After that, choose these or another mantra for your main mantra in life.

I recommend the Master Mantra chanted by all sects in India: The Gayatri Mantra*. You can achieve good results with the short version and great results with the long version. As an incentive, it will fend off dementia, including Alzheimer’s, by keeping your mind active forever.  Mind stimulation is recommended by MDs to avoid dementia, and this mantra will also bring you enlightenment, and on the way all the siddhis you could desire plus, crucially, the wisdom to use and not abuse them.

*Namadeva Acharya/Thomas Ashley-Farrand recorded a 2-CD set to teach both versions and further chants the 1000 Names and Powers of Gayatri.  Chanting with him will make it much easier to begin your Gayatri practice with ease and correct pronunciation.  Playing the 1000 Names as a background in your home will maintain a spiritual vibration in your home.

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About Satyabhama Ashley-Farrand

Satyabhama met Satguru Sant Keshavadas in December 1980 at his Temple of Cosmic Religion in Washington, DC. She also met Thomas Ashley-Farrand/Namadeva Acharya (1940-2010) the same evening, and a year and a week later they were married by Satgurus Sant Keshavadas and Rama Mata. Satyabhama studied with Sant Keshavadas and Rama Mata and with Namadeva for the next 3 decades. She became a Vedic priest in her own right in the mid-1980s and worked with Namadeva Acharya in performing and teaching ancient mantra techniques and spiritual practices. In 2008 and 2009, like Namadeva Acharya, she received guru diksha to be a guru from Satguru Rama Mata, Sadguru Sant Keshavadas' widow, to whom he passed the lineage in 1997. When Namadeva Acharya discovered that his death was imminent, he told Satyabhama that he wanted her to continue their mission of teaching the dharma, and he gave her a powerful initiation to enable her to teach his workshops with his spiritual energy. Since then, she has continued to travel and teach and also to manage the Gayatri Temple in Beaverton, Oregon, with the encouragement of Satguru Rama Mata and her family. Satyabhama has a B.A. from New York University and a Law Degree from Southwestern School of Law. Dedicated to serving God through humanity, she is a certified mediator and maintained a private law practice from 1981-2007. Prior to her law practice, Satyabhama worked to further the status of women through her involvement with the National Organization for Women and the National Women's Political Caucus. In 2004, Satyabhama assumed management of Saraswati Publications, LLC and Sanatana Dharma Satsang, Inc., a 501(c)3 religious organization. She is committed to making the world a better place in which Divine Law becomes the law of life.

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