Amma's Pacific Northwest Region
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Wishing You and Your Family a Happy 2017!
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Q&A with Br. Dayamrita Chaitanya
Attending Satsangs
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Question: Swamiji, what is the benefit of attending weekly/monthly Satsangs? Isnít it enough to sit at home and meditate?
 
Answer: If you can sit at home and meditate, well and good. But you cannot sustain this for a long time. After some time you get bored, repeating your spiritual practices like mantra japa, archana or meditation. When you routinely do these practices, they become mechanical and you begin to lose interest.
 
If you watch your progress doing spiritual practices, this is what happens: In the beginning, you have so much enthusiasm. After a while, the enthusiasm keeps waning until finally, you end up doing very little at home. When you attend Satsang, however, you see other people engaging in spiritual practices and performing many more practices than you normally do. This in turn gives you the motivation and enthusiasm to pursue your own practices. This is the first benefit of attending Satsangs regularly.
 
Number two: Amma says when we perform the 1000 Names alone, we get the benefit of chanting the 1000 mantras. But when we are in a group and we chant the same 1000 Names, the effect is multiplied by the number of people who are present there. So, even if there is only one other person at Satsang when you chant the 1000 Names together, instead of getting the benefit of the 1000 mantras, you get the benefit of 2000 mantras in the same amount of time. If there are 10 people present, then the benefit is 10,000 mantras and so on!
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PNW Winter Retreat Registration
February 18-20, 2017
Camp Namanu
Registration is now open! Click here for details and to register.
 
Welcome to Amma's Pacific Northwest Satsangs' Winter retreat 2017. Join us for a winter weekend of satsang with Br. Dayamrita Chaitanya. Enjoy devotional singing, youth programs, meditation, yoga and nature walks.
 
This year we are pleased to invite you to the uniquely Oregon location of Camp Namanu. Near Portland, Oregon, overlooking the Sandy River, Camp Namanu was founded in 1924 as a Camp Fire Girls Camp. It is rustic camping experience, you will be required to bring your own bedding (beds will be provided), toiletries and towels. The ticket prices reflect two nights of dormitory style lodging and meals are included.
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Program Guide 2017
Help support Amma's tour to the Pacific Northwest in Summer 2017
We are grateful and blessed that Amma will be coming to the Pacific Northwest again this year! In order to support Amma's programs in our area, we really need your help to raise funds through the Program Guide.
 
Contribute in your own special way!
- Place a pranam ad (individual / group)
- Connect to businesses to see if they want to place an ad
- Do fundraisers ( even a small amount helps us lead closer to our fundraising goals)
- Offer your time to make few phone calls to invite new businesses
- Read the product labels of the healthy foods you enjoy....are they local to the Northwest? They may be interested in placing an ad / trade their samples for an in-kind ad.
 
Deadline to submit ads: Feb 20th, 2017. For questions/participate in this seva, please contact Jyoti at pnwprogramguide@gmail.com.
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IAM-20 Course - Seattle, Jan 15
When: Sun, January 15th, 1:00pm - 4:30pm
Where: 7700 Aurora Ave N, Seattle (Map)
Contact: Jagati at ammasjagati@gmail.com or 206-650-7798.
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Br. Dayamrita Chaitanya in Seattle
Br. Dayamrita Chaitanya will be visiting Seattle in January! The details are being worked out, but Swamiji will be holding programs on Jan 22 & Jan 23 . We'll be sending details soon, but for now, please save the date! Contact ammaredmondprogram@gmail.com or 828-738-2662 for questions.
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PNW GreenFriends Newsletter
Read the January 2017 GreenFriends newsletter here.
GreenFriends
 
Read the back issues here http://greenfriendsna.org/newsletters.html
PNW GreenFriends Newsletter: Help Needed
We are very much in need of people to write articles relating to gardening, tree planting, habitat restoration, nature, saving the earthís resources, litter pick up, or any other GreenFriends related topic. Other ways you can help are:
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Satsangs & Social Projects
Get the latest details about satsangs in the region and social projects like Mother's Kitchen and Green Friends here.
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but allows us the freedom to choose."
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