Kashi Nivas Newsletter
Kashi Nivas Newsletter - November 30, 2018
Namaste Dear Ones,
Atmaram and Kashi would like to express their gratitude for all the love, support, and service you have given to the Kashi Nivas community over the years. That, along with your commitment to your own inner work, is what helps us maintain the experience of the 'clear space of good feeling' as Swamiji often describes it. It's the place where one's life is infused with grace, gratitude, clarity, and joy, and for that we wholeheartedly thank you!
As the year 2018 comes to a close there are a lot of exciting community activities to participate in. The 13th Annual Holiday Kirtan, our Annual New Year's Eve celebration, and Atmaram's talk at the Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth to name a few. See the Upcoming Event Highlights further down the page for more information.
Please Note: Atmaram and Kashi will be on retreat during the month of January 2019, and the Kashi Nivas Shiva Meditation Ashram will be closed until the beginning of February 2019. Keep an eye on the calendar for updates.
Holiday Gift Idea
If you are looking for a meaningful holiday gift, consider a donation of a brick(s) for the Havan Kund (ceremonial fire pit) at the Kashi Nivas Shiva Meditation Ashram. Gift purchases can be made in the name of a loved one, living or deceased, or even for yourself. Each brick you donate will have the effect of making an offering at all future fire ceremonies, and insures good fortune for you and your loved ones.
"They in whom the spirit of inquiry is ever awake illumine the world, enlighten all who come in contact with them, dispel the ghosts created by an ignorant mind. In the light of inquiry there is realization of the eternal and unchanging reality. One who practices is free from delusion and attachment, he lives in this world and reaches the blissful state of total freedom."
~ Yoga Vashishta
UPCOMING EVENT HIGHLIGHTS
The 13th Annual Holiday Kirtan
We would love to have you join us this Saturday, December 1st, from 6:30pm - 9:30pm, to celebrate the past year of Ann Arbor Kirtan gatherings, and usher in the holiday season with the time honored tradition of chanting. This free donation-based event, at Friends Meeting House in Ann Arbor, will begin with a social hour where we ask community members to bring a healthy snack or dessert to share. It'll be a great opportunity to meet and connect with each other as members of a growing community of chanters! Learn more...
First Wednesday Ann Arbor Kirtan
In addition to our regular Monthly Ann Arbor Kirtans we hold a kirtan on the first Wednesday of each month at Kashi Nivas. Please join us on Wednesday, December 5th, from 6pm - 9pm. The evening begins with introductory mantras and continues with chanting and meditation. The lights will be dimmed and there will be fewer but longer chants to help fully immerse us in the practice. Learn more...
Atmaram's Talk at the Interfaith Center
Atmaram will be the guest speaker on December 9th at the Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth in Ann Arbor. After a brief introduction to Shiva Meditation he will lead the congregation in a guided self-inquiry meditation followed by a guided healing meditation. The musical meditation will be offered by Laz Slomovits. Learn more...
New Year's Eve Kirtan Party
Bring in the new year immersed in sacred chant and community celebration on December 31st from 8pm - 1am at the Kashi Nivas Shiva Meditation Ashram. We invite you to enjoy a potluck buffet, three hours of chanting and meditation, followed by social time, to celebrate the new year together. Learn more...
Weekly Drop-in Meditation
We invite you to share in the collective synergy of the drop-in meditation program held weekly on Tuesday nights at Kashi Nivas. The space is open for meditators from all backgrounds. The program consists of chanting, 20 minutes of silent group meditation, japa, or contemplative prayer, a group discussion and contemplation, followed by refreshments and social time. Learn more...
Weekly Guru Gita Program
The Guru Gita is a devotional chant sung in Sanskrit, an ancient, energy-filled language and is a marvelous text on the esoteric significance of the inner Guru and the Guru disciple relationship. The chant and the meditation that follows last about an hour and is held at 10:00 AM every Saturday morning at Kashi Nivas. There is no charge to attend and chanting books are provided. Guests are invited to bring a small photo or murti of their Guru to place on the altar during the program. Learn more...
Hatha Yoga With Kashi
Kashi Walters is teaching Hatha Yoga classes at Kashi Nivas on Monday evenings from 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM and Restorative Yoga on Thursday evenings from 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM. Contact us in advance if you are interested in taking a class as space is limited. Learn more...
Are you able to formulate an accurate statement of your present feeling? What emotions are presenting and what areas of your life are affected? What uplifting statement would reflect an illuminated perspective of your higher Self in the current situation? Under the circumstances what do you want to accept, change, or do to manifest your greatest potential? Would you like to have the tools for navigating these inner-world processes. Atmaram and Kashi welcome you to the Kashi Nivas Shiva Meditation Ashram and offer you a free confidential spiritual Self-inquiry session conducted in a loving nurturing environment. For more information or to schedule an appointment contact them at 734-883-6947 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more...
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