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FRIDAYS at 7:00 PM
Meditation and Arati
Monthly events at 2:00 PM on Sunday.
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.
Namadeva Acharya journeyed to India with Sant Keshavadas in 1978, where he met a wide variety of spiritual teachers both famous and unknown. There, he astonished swamis, pundits, shastris and others with his intonation and pronunciation of complex Sanskrit mantras, shlokas and spiritual formulas. A highlight of his trip there came as he was blessed by two of the most prominent spiritual personages in all of India, each having spiritual authority over more than 150 million people, H. H. Pejor Math Swami, and Sri Sri Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswati Maha Swamigal. He and Satyabhama have traveled to Kanchi several times since 2005 and met with Shankaracharyas, Sri Sri Jayendra and Sri Sri Vijayendra and participated there in pujas with Sri Sri Vijayendra.
Namadeva Acharya and Satyabhama received empowerments from Kalu Rimpoche, the Dalai Lama and Sakya Jetsun Chiney Luding (Jetsun Ma), an eminent woman Lama from Tibet. They moved to Oregon in early 2006. Satguru Rama Mata gave programs and blessed the temple the first weekend in June 2009 and gave them diksha/empowerment to be gurus.Namadeva Acharya and Satyabhama were in India again in May 2005, May 2007, December 2008, and May 2009, where they were blessed by Sri Sri Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswati Maha Swamigal and his successor, Sri Sri Shankaracharya Vijayendra Saraswati Maha Swamigal, as well as by their own living guru, Satguru Rama Mata of Vishwa Shanti Ashram near Bangalore. In 2007 and 2009 their Pilgrimage Tour included the Ashta (8) Vinayaka/Ganesha Temples, five yajnas/fire ceremonies at Auli, in the Himalayas, and the blessings of visiting a number of other temples in Pandarpur, Pune/Poona, Delhi and Yogananda's Babaji's Cave. There is a new Pilgrimage Tour with a slightly different itinerary including Goddess Temples planned for May 2016. The itinerary is posted at www.sanskritmantra.com.
The Gayatri Temple in Beaverton, OR 97005, is temporarily closed pending finding new space. However we are still doing pujas and having meditations on Friday evenings. The pujas are being held at Unity of Beaverton on 5th Street in Beaverton. Announcements are on the
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 sharel
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. We currently have 15 Certified Mantra Teachers.
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. We currently have four Certified Pujaris.
Priest Training Program
Those who become certified as both Mantra Instructors and Pujaris, will be ordained as Priests. We currently have six Priests.
For Further Information
For further information about publications and programs, refer to the Sanskrit Mantras and Spiritual Power website.
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