Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu
May all beings in the world be happy!
Future MA Center PNW - Update
The past few weeks have seen new developments toward the future MA Center PNW. Planning continues based on Amma's feedback.
A new Fire Engineering company, Aegis Engineering was hired to help design a system of fire protection for the existing house and future buildings.
With Br. Dayamrita Chaitanya's assistance, a local committee was formed to facilitate the flow of information to and from the region (including from satsangs, the county and engineers etc.) with the MA Center San Ramon board. At Swamiji's suggestion the group is composed of people who have already been involved in the purchase and permit planning of the future Center. (We will continue to use the term “future” Center until we obtain the Conditional Use Permit from Snohomish County, at which point it will be known as MA Center PNW).
Early Bird Registration for 2016 PNW Retreat
Early Bird registration for the 2016 Pacific Northwest Retreat with special rates is now open.
Click here for more information and to register.
Portland Satsang - Ursula Story
Sent to us by Scotti Rice from Portland Satsang
Ursula Luciano has lived all over the world. Recently, home has been
Portland, but it is really only a stopping point to earn money as a
caregiver, so she can spend more time in India. Ursula loves children.
She has dreamed for years of starting an orphanage. She is also an
avid gardener. She has taken permaculture classes in Germany and
Amritapuri and worked in Amma's tulsi gardens.
Some how, this summer, she found her way to the first Fellowship Class
for AmritaServe. The program is focused on recent Indian college
graduates who want to spend a year immersed in a village before
beginning their careers. How a 60+ western lady got in, I'll never
know. But that's Ursula.
CarePackage from Amrita Bala Kendra Kids
"Amrita Bala Kendra program tries to give children an understanding of spiritual principles and shows them how to bring these simple teachings into their daily lives through stories, bhajans, field trips, arts and crafts, celebration of festivals and service projects. The Bala Kendra program focuses on values, traditions, and spiritual practices"
In December, Amma's Balakendra children made care bags to give out to the Seattle's homeless men and women attending Mother's Kitchen. The kids received donations from satsang members as well as from many generous and thoughtful friends of their families. THANK YOU!
Mother's Kitchen Update - Portland Satsang
Amma's Portland Satsang has begun a new Mother's Kitchen Project providing the Thursday evening meal to the Sears Emergency Women's
Shelter in SW Portland. The shelter has no kitchen facilities, so we have a sack lunch waiting for each guest when they get off the bus from downtown.
The rain and traffic in Portland has been terrible this month, but our seva crew has not failed. No matter how miserable it is for us, we know the weather is much worse for those living on the streets. A
nutritious meal is so important when you have been cold and wet all day.
Our most recent Thursday was Christmas Eve. Food donations poured in all week, fresh oranges, carrot sticks, and home made cookies. No
small task when you are baking or chopping for 130. Zuma and her friends started decorating the bags with messages like "You are Loved"
PNW GreenFriends Newsletter
Read the January 2016 GreenFriends newsletter here
Read the back issues here http://greenfriendsna.org/newsletters.html
Read about all the satsang events (Kartika, IAM, Maltby Seva Day) happening throughout the PNW region.
Satsangs & Social Projects
"Live in this world like butter floating on the surface of water.
Though it is in the water, it remains separate - detached."