To Recognize the Same [in Others]


Like Rev. Stephanie (who is part of the Mantra Teacher program,) I continuously feel the loving energy of ParaBrahman, the ‘near surround’ of the energy field in which we all live and are a part of, truly being part of the Divine, just as the Flame of Truth, the Indweller (Narayana) lives within our sacred heart chakra and is ever enlightened. When I encounter others, my inner light recognizes their enlightened soul, no matter what body or station in life it is inhabiting. Thanks to Rev. Stephanie for being so articulate.

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Recently I was gifted to hear a presentation in my theology class from Dr. Stanley Goldin, a quite well known and respected scientist, who is engaged in some very excited work – namely to scientifically document the mystical experience. In a recent article, The Human Soul – Can it Survive in an Age of Neuroscience? he states, “There are two ways of knowing, the book of science and the book of spiritual experience.” As he encouraged us to respond to his talk, I did. Here is what I wrote. Enjoy! 
Dr. Goldin,
I am Stephanie Rutt, a DMin student, and would like to share some thoughts with you about your talk today from the other way of knowing – the way of spiritual experience. I have returned to school very late in life to articulate what I have long experienced – what I heard you pointing to today. I am…

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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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