Q: I just had never heard the word Anusthan (in this life) before. The concept appeals to me greatly in a wherever-two-or-more-are-
Thank you for your response. Yes Anusthan is not a common word for Westerners. An Anusthan is what my spiritual teacher from India called a dedicated practice that we would do as a group at our ashram in Santa Cruz, CA in the late 1970’s and early 80’s. Even though it was 40 years ago (yikes!), I can still remember the power I felt during the days of our spiritual practice.
An Anusthan is a spiritual practice that is dedicated to a specific purpose for a specific number of days. Often in the ashram, when we were celebrating a Hindu holy period, such as Nav Ratri we would do a 9 day practice dedicated to the Divine Mother.
Q: How can we Westerners fit a spiritual practice into our crazy busy lives?
Surprisingly, even a dedicated spiritual practice that is only 10-30 minutes long will have a powerful effect on your personal sense of meaning and purpose in your life. This is amplified because we are practicing as an international group of people interested in bringing higher consciousness to the planet.
And though it may also come as a surprise, waking up 30 minutes earlier will not cause you to feel more tired. The energy generated from the spiritual practice itself will uplift and energize you. There have been many studies on the benefits of meditation, even proving scientifically that 20 minutes of meditation equals more than one hour of sleep.
Q: What do we do in this Anusthan practice?
In our ashram, we took the time to read sacred texts, do focused meditations, breath practices and/or specific mantras in specific amounts. It was variable. The practices were dedicated for 5, 7, 9 or 11 days.
During an Anusthan, there were days when I could hardly wait to sit down and do my practice. Other times I dragged myself to the altar I would make for that specific Anusthan practice. By the time I finished however, I always felt different. Sometimes very inspired, often I went into deeper meditations than usual, or maybe just spacey feeling. Every day is different. The one thing that is certain is that through the practice, we have tapped into a more expansive, illuminated Presence than we can reach in our normal waking states.
Many of the people who have joined me in this practice had similar experiences I did throughout the days of the Anusthan. There are many who have had beautiful spiritual experiences, visions and visitations from masters and angels. The end result has always been enlightening and transformative for each person. Who does not need to feel empowered? My intention is that you have a direct experience of God working within you.
Q: What is the purpose of this Anusthan?
Because we are nearing the Solstice on June 21, this practice is dedicated to Illumination through Divine Light. Together we are activating the coding within the power of Light that contains Divine Love and Infinite Intelligence. With the power of our intentional practice, we can bring Divine Light into our energy systems and actually raise the frequencies of Light in our cellular structure. When Light enters our physical being and raises the frequencies, all that does not match that frequency is transmuted.
The Solstice is different in the hemispheres of the planet. In the north, June 21 is the longest day of sunlight. In the southern hemisphere, it is the longest night of the year. It does not matter what hemisphere you live in, the Light is always shining. We can invite this Light to work in our lives through prayer and intention. Archangel Gabriel has said, “When one brings light into their body on a regular basis, it becomes both transformational and magnetic.”
Q: Why would I want to use a Sanskrit mantra, and how could I even pronounce it?
Don’t worry. There are English affirmations included that you can use instead. Also, there is a very detailed 26-page guide book that walks you through the steps of creating a sacred space for your spiritual practice, as well as giving you a choice of different mantras to say. Some are quite complex and many people resonate with them. Others are very simple yet extremely powerful for a number of reasons.
- Sanskrit is a language that was designed thousands of years ago to be used to lift the vibrational frequencies of those using mantra for prayer and spiritual practice. These yogis were masters of the science of sound, and could actually chart the effects of specific mantras on their students and themselves.
- Because these mantras have been used consistently since ancient times, they have gained in power.
- Even though the sounds of the mantra are unusual to Western ears, almost all the ones I have suggested generally mean, “Yay God!” There is a devotion inherent in the frequencies that opens and uplifts the heart. It has been said that mantra yoga is the easiest way for Westerners to ascend.
- My guru was a Brahmanad yogi, a master of the science of sound. His name was Shri Dhyanyogi Madhusudandas. He passed on to his devotees the transmission for the mantras he gave us through initiation. Because I have been working with them for 40 years now, there is also a transmission that you will receive through this work. He always said, “Come sit, meditate and judge for yourself.”
Q: What do we receive in your daily email messages during the Anusthan?
One of my gifts is to receive messages from the Archangels. Usually Archangel Gabriel will give us a message every day. There have been times when the messages came from other Archangels. These messages are deep and inspiring, and offer a practical and often brilliant application for all that we are doing. Many of the participants send photos of their beautiful and meaningful altars which I include, along with mine. When others comment about their experiences, I often include these because they are not only inspiring, they also may resonate with what may be your experience. I will often comment on my experiences for that day for this same reason.
Q: It does not seem appropriate to charge for spiritual practices. Why do you do that?
There is no charge for the spiritual practice. However, I do not have the technical skills to release this kind of work to the public. Because I need to hire a tech person, I am only charging for that service.
Questions or Comments?
Please don’t hesitate to comment here if you have questions. I am so honored to be able to share this sacred Anusthan practice with you.
May you be blessed in your dedication to your spirit,