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Thursdays at 7:00 PM
Meditation and Arati
Monthly events at 2:00 PM on Sunday.
Beaverton, OR 97005
Contact: 503-627-0215 or email Satyabhama.
RSVP for any events by email or online at the Gayatri Temple Meetup group.
** The Gayatri Temple is located just north of the corner of 114th Avenue & Canyon, one block west of the 217. There is no left turn from Canyon to 114th Avenue, so turn on 115th Avenue and go through the shopping center. Coming from the east, 217 Canyon exit, one short block after 217 exits, you can make a right turn from Canyon onto 114th Avenue, then another right into the parking area.
Max stop is Beaverton Transit Center; walk east on Canyon about six blocks to 114th Ave. and turn left for a few feet. You will see 4040 on your right.
The temple schedule includes pujas, yajnas, workshops, mantra classes, spiritual movies (Tukaram, Ramayana, etc..), and we have books, CDs, DVDs by Namadeva Acharya and Satyabhama to share.
Sanatana Dharma Satsang, Inc., is the religious organization sponsoring the Gayatri Temple in Beaverton.
The name Sanatana Dharma Satsang
is a Sanskrit phrase that,
loosely translated, means the ancient law/right path gathering of people together
to learn and share spiritual teachings.
Sanatana Dharma Satsang's co-founder and president is Satyabhama/Margalo Ashley-Farrand. She and her late husband, Thomas Ashley-Farrand/Namadeva Acharya (1940-2010) founded the organization in early 2001. He was one of the Western world's foremost authorities on the application of Sanskrit Mantra to life's problems.
Namadeva Acharya began studying and intensively practicing spiritual techniques of the East in 1968. In 1972, he received Kriya initiation from the Self Realization Fellowship. After meeting Satguru Sant Keshavadas in 1973 and moving into his temple, Namadeva Acharya began practicing extensive mantra-based spiritual disciplines in 1973. From 1973-1984, he was the priest for the Temple of Cosmic Religion (Sanatana Vishwa Dharma), founded by Satgurus Sant Keshavadas and Rama Mata, in Washington, D.C. First he was priest-in-residence where he performed ancient Sanskrit ceremonies (pujas) twice daily and later as traveling priest based in Southern California. In 1974, he received initiation from Sadguru Sant Keshavadas (d. 1997) into the universal mantra for spiritual illumination, the Gayatri Mantra, and other mystical formulas. He also studied with Christian mystic, the late Dr. Leon Wright of Howard University. In 1975, he received Tibetan spiritual empowerments from the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa.
The Gayatri Temple is located at 4040 SW 114th Avenue, Beaverton, OR 97005. Gayatri Temple Meetup Page Telephone: 503/627-0215. Email: Satyabhama
In the future, we hope to have a temple in the Northeast US.
Anyone interested in assisting with the temples, please email Satyabhama.
How You Can Help
Mantra Teacher Training Program
We are now offering certification as a minister through
Sanatana Dharma Satsang, which will show your level of expertise and provide a
shelter for spiritual counseling. This certification as a Mantra Instructor will be awarded after
learning the materials and being tested by a written test and an oral test
in person. The materials and a full explanation of the course can be found
on our Sanskrit Mantras and Spiritual Power website.
Pujari Training Program
We are training and ordaining pujaris in the practice of Puja and Yajna (Fire Ceremony). Baby blessings, weddings, funerals (obsequis) and other standard activities will be part of the training. The training consists of the student's learning to perform the pujas and yajnas, including certain memorized material, then being tested on the ability to pronounce the Sanskrit and perform the ceremony properly.
Priest Training Program
Those who become certified as both Mantra Instructors and Pujaris, will be ordained as Priests.
Acharya Training Program
(by or before 2020)
Only certified Priests will be eligible for Acharya Training.
The training that is envisioned will be rigorous, in line with the principles of higher education. A combination program of mail or Internet lessons together with on-site learning and residency requirements is being considered. An acharya is a Master Teacher, thus the program will provide an education in teaching workshops similar to the ones which Namadeva Acharya has researched and currently teaches.
For Further Information
For further information about publications and programs, refer to the Sanskrit Mantras and Spiritual Power website.
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