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The Babaji Ashram is located in the beautiful mountains of southern Colorado in Crestone in the United States of America. Haidakhan (Herakhan) Baba, also known as Mahavatar Babaji from Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda, appeared in India from 1970 to 1984. Babaji instructed us to build ashrams around the world where people could come for spiritual upliftment. On our magnificent 101 acres of land we have a beautiful temple dedicated to the Divine Mother, many call it the Lakshmi Temple. Our beloved murti of the Divine Mother, Haidakhandeswari, is life-size and was installed in 1989.
We also have a large shop called the Maha Lakshmi Shop. In the shop we carry devotional items and Babaji related items. These include murtis (statues) of Krishna, Durga, Ganesh, Saraswati, Lakshmi, Hanuman, Buddha, Tara, and Shiva, malas, yantras, puja (pooja) items including lotas, aarati lamps, and bells, Babaji books, Babaji videos, and devotional chanting tapes and CD's. Some of the most popular Babaji books are I am Harmony, Fire of Transformation, Babaji - Meeting with the Truth, Babaji - Message From the Himalayas, Babaji Mahavatar, the Teachings of Babaji, and Gateway to the Light.
Life at the Ashram is styled after the life we led with Babaji at His Ashram in Haidakhan, India. We arise early for spiritual practice, meditation, and aarati (a sung worship service). We then have a simple organic breakfast followed by our main spiritual practice, karma yoga. Karma yoga is the practice of selfless service offered to the Divine. During karma yoga we try to repeat the name of the Divine as we do our service, as instructed by Haidakhan Babaji. This spiritual practice is called jap or japa. The name of God frequently used is Om Namah Shivaya. This ancient Sanskrit mantra is a powerful tool for purifying the mind. Our main meal is at 1pm and is once again simple, organic, and vegetarian. We take an hour of personal time after lunch and clean up. After this we continue with our karma yoga for another couple of hours. We end the day with more time in the temple singing aarati and chanting. More information about the life at the Ashram, visiting, and directions are on this web site. Thousands of visitors come here each year, many to have the darshan of the Divine Mother or Lakshmi. Those that stay and participate in the karma yoga (service) add their love and energy to this beautiful home of Mahavatar Babaji in the Rockies.
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Funding for building and maintaining the Ashram comes from donations and sales from the Maha Lakshmi Shop.