Recently, I was blessed to spend two months at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG), the spiritual community and ashram that Swami Veda Bharati founded in Rishikesh, India. There, the sacred is immanent. A peaceful, spiritual feeling infuses the place. Community prayers and meditations happen in the morning and afternoon; beautiful temples offer opportunities to soak up the compassion and spiritual vibrations; aarati and other spiritual rituals occur regularly, and people are focused on spirituality. Walking the paths, people join their hands before their hearts in “namaste.”
It is different in Los Angeles. I’ve not generally experienced a peaceful, spiritual feeling here. Rather than offering namaste, people on the streets are likely to offer a vulgar hand gesture. Business, busyness, hurry and the dollar are the predominant vibes here.
So, when in L.A., it’s up to me to create a sense of the sacred in everyday life. I’ve adopted the same methods as the ashram: morning and evening prayers and meditation, greeting people with namaste, even if just in my heart, and by making my residence a sanctuary.
My home is now “The Rancho Meditation Sanctuary.” I work to create an environment of peace and beauty here. The photo at the top of this article is of Nataraja, who lives in the Sanctuary’s meditation garden.
You too can bring the sacred into your life
Remember that your body is a temple.
Let sacred prayers, sacred words and sentiments and meditation fill your body and mind throughout the day.
Make your home a sanctuary.
Doing so will enhance your life.