Wednesday, April 02, 2014

At Sahaj Marg, Daycare or Indoctrination of Children?

Translation of an article by Élodie: "Garderie ou Embrigadement des Enfants",  on her blog in Europe: Pour Que Vive Le Sahaj Marg.


April 2, 2014 
  
Daycare or the Indoctrination of Children?

Within a month, the SRCM will celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Babuji.  This year, 16,500 people have already celebrated the birthday of Lalaji in February, and it is also planned to celebrate the anniversary of Chari in July.


According to the figures of the SRCM, of the 16,500 people gathered for the birthday of Lalaji, there were 1,500 volunteers, but also 1,729 children: "In the center, children were divided into three groups of age, Toddlers (0-6 years), Little Stars (7-12 years) and young adults (13-17 years). Each group was guided by a set of dedicated volunteers who had them involved in various activities on the teaching of moral values ​​and the understanding of Sahaj Marg."

 
The LMOIS (Lalaji Memorial Omega International School) is proof that the SRCM is interested in our children, despite the ban on meditation before the age of 18, put in place by Babuji at the inception of Sahaj Marg. But the invitation of young children to participate in celebrations shows that Chari's ambition in this area is not limited to the older among them.


In Sahaj Sandesh 2014.15 of March 8th, SRCM reiterates its invitation to children to participate in large numbers ("inviting children to participate in larger numbers") in the celebration of Bauji's anniversary.


Below is a series of articles (in French) by Alexis on "Sahaj Marg and Childhood".
 

Elodie
 


Sahaj Marg and Childhood   

Chari is not only interested in his own followers and the development of the membership. Abhyasis' children's are also an interesting target in his eyes, first because they can be completely indoctrinated, but because they can then render invaluable services to the Mission.  

Read more (French)  [The Mission is interested in your children]
 

The Research Institute of Sahaj Marg has created a sort of values guide ​​for a so-called spiritual education (Value Based Spiritual Education, VBSE) for educators, teachers and parents. And it was soon used in the education of children and in youth training.  

Read more (French)  [The VBSE: A spiritual indoctrination]
 

With the school of Sahaj Marg, Omega School or LMOIS, Chari has finally succeeded in separating children from their Abhyasis parents. And to the parents, he makes them believe that their children are the future of the new world announced by Whispers (From the Brighter World), an elite to regenerate humanity ...
 

Read more (French)  [Omega school, the school of an elite to regenerate humanity]

Alexis 

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Monday, March 24, 2014

SRCM and Sahaj Marg in France

Translation of an article by Alexis: "SRCM et Sahaj Marg en France", on Élodie's blog in Europe: Pour Que Vive Le Sahaj Marg.

March 24, 2014

SRCM and Sahaj Marg in France  

From: SRCM in France, an article (French) by Alexis (on his blog)
 


In Brief:

- 1200 abhyasis (disciples) in 2013 (estimate)  

- 9% of membership outside India (27% of Western Europe) 
- 0% annual growth (stable since 2000)  
- Penetration:  almost 20 Abhyasis per million inhabitants (15 worldwide)  

- Preceptors:110 in 1995, 97 in 2007 
- 2013 Estimate: 110-120  

- Ashrams: Augerans Castle, headquarters of the Mission in Europe, (1988 to 2003)   
- Other major ashrams: Paris, Montpellier & Nice  
- 43 centers and 6 areas in 2006-09: 8 major centers (including 3 with an ashram) and 35 smaller centers, including 8 without preceptors ...  
- 1 association under Law 1901 SRCM created August 9, 1986 in Dole (Jura), repatriated from Paris 
- Turnover > € 300,000, variable depending on the year  
- Assets > 2 million euros  

- Amount of the basic fee: 150 € since 2009, previously € 75  
- € 836,000 of French donations to SRCM and SMSF India, over 7 year period (2006-12), according to the FCRA (Indian Ministry of Home Affairs)
 


Established in 1972, Nice is the first western center of the SRCM with the famous André Poray as full preceptor.  And for a long time, after India, France was the next most important country, because of its abhyasis community. Numbers have flirted with the 2 000 at the end of the 90s, only to collapse to around a thousand. Not because of the French policy around sects (cults)  but due to significant internal dissension.

Chari does not have only friends in France.  An important part of  Babuji abhyasis (disciples) refused to follow Chari at his death, with André Poray at the lead.  More rebellious and autonomous communities still exist today, particularly around Vendôme and Lyon.

In 1986 the association, SRCM France, was created. In 1988, the Augerans castle (39) was purchased to become the European headquarters of the Shri Ram Chandra Mission and the first Western ashram. It was sold in 2003, under pressure from Chari.


The geographical distribution of abhyasis is very uneven. They are focused  mainly in the Paris region and in the south around Montpellier and Marseille, Nice and Toulon. Already in 1995, the Ile de France and the southern "zone" of ​​abhyasis made up three quarters of the abhyasis, two thirds of the preceptors and half of the centers.

 
The Management committee merges with the Board of Directors of this Association under the Act 1901. It is composed of the President, Chari, Vice-President (Country-in-charge), a secretary, a treasurer, an internal auditor and a person in charge of external relations as well as some members, many of whom are foreigners.  There are also various sectors (committees): finance, internal information, seminars, legal, publications and editions, and centers.

In terms of the spiritual organization since 2012, France and its Vice-President (CIC) are under the responsibility of a Regional coordinator for "West Europe" (RC), itself under Region-in-charge for "Europe" (RIC). Then France is itself divided into two zones, north and south with their Zone-in-charge (ZIC).  These "administrative" divisions change regularly according to Chari's mood and according to the favors/punishments Chari wants to give to one or to the other (thus, there were six such areas in France in 2006-09). Then, a few years ago, was grafted on to this hierarchy the "developers", responsible for the development of small centers in the area to which they are attached.


In 2009, Chari unilaterally decided to double the disciple's contribution from 75 to 150.  Previously, 3/4  of the abhyasis were contributors: half of the contributors paid €75, and 48% were paying more and  2% were paying less.  Of the basic €75,  € 60 went to the national level, only €15 remained at the local center ...

Alexis 


See Also (in French):

 Other Articles by Alexis : 

And Also:

- [Diaspora, les Indiens d’outremer]
– [Chari chez les Soviets]  
– [Le Sahaj marg en son berceau indien
[Géographie du Sahaj marg]
– [IMPORTANCE numérique et géographique]

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Standardizing Sahaj Marg and Radicalizing SRCM

Translation of an article by Élodie: "Standardisation du Sahaj Marg et Radicalisation de la SRCM", on her blog in Europe: Pour Que Vive Le Sahaj Marg.


March 12, 2014 

Standardizing Sahaj Marg and Radicalizing SRCM

To reach the Westerners tempted by meditation, the Mission trivializes the content of its own teachings in order to attract the greatest number without discouraging anyone. This is what Alexis described in detail in his previous message on Meetup (social network) and the new internet portal of SRCM. 

If this approach is new in that it uses new vectors of transmission (internet and social networks), it's been a while since we started condemning the impoverishment of Sahaj Marg in its most essential content.


Dr. K.C. Varadachari was already expressing his concerns to Babuji in 1970 about the liberties taken by preceptors vis-à-vis the teaching. Upon his arrival, Chari has staked everything on the quantity - proselytizing - to the detriment of quality. Imagine what it would give with more than 3,000 preceptors today, when there were fewer than a hundred then.


Result: the spiritual evolution promised by Sahaj Marg, this unique method for the world, is no longer the rendezvous for most Abhyasis.  Only a select few receive the attention of the Master and the "benefits" of his spiritual teaching.

For all others, the common person, the so-called spiritual effects are reduced to a trickle: the benefits of regular meditation (well-being and stress management) and the feeling of belonging to a group (the whole is more than the sum of its parts), which they take as the exceptional side of Sahaj Marg, a so-called "unique and unforgettable spiritual experience".


Globalization has stretched the traditional link between religions and their home of origin, stated Olivier Roy. The religious market is globalized and the religious products no longer have borders. He also announced at the time the standardization of religions, de-cultured and de-territorialized.

This CNRS researcher stated: "But for a product [religious] to be accessible everywhere and by the greatest number, it must be standardized. If it is too identified with a particular culture, it will not sell outside this culture. Hence the phenomenon of de-culturization." (See Article Alexis September 2009, quoting an interview with Olivier Roy in Le Monde 21/12/2008).

Replacing religion with spirituality, the situation is identical; then replace them with Sahaj Marg and see once again that nothing changes. The evolution of Sahaj Marg and SRCM is a perfect example of what Olivier Roy described.


In his mad rush towards the West and its New Age public, Chari emptied Sahaj Marg of all its original contents. The Indian philosophical and spiritual system designed by Babuji, but transposed by Chari on every continent, suffered in its globalization. It has been standardized to suit everyone. In short, de-territorialized and de-cultured.


The teaching provided by the Mission, and by Chari and his preceptors, today resembles nothing more than a common method of personal development, a common tool for managing stress in the case of well-being through one meditation technique among others. But this is what people are looking for today, be they Western New Agers or Indians
from the rising classes, uprooted and de-cultured.

The meditation technique practiced today at SRCM offers nothing better than the others. And as Alexis said, "the global plethora of meditation techniques is bloated while the global market share of meditation techniques is not infinitely expandable."


How to seduce and attract new followers in these conditions?  Especially since, unlike many other meditation groups, the Mission imposes its own significant constraints: a Guru Master, discipline, obedience to the Master and service to the Mission, for example. It is not free access to Sahaj Marg which can solely offset the difference and counterbalance these additional constraints.


Chari and his experts in communication and marketing have found a simple solution: sell their technique, coated in an upscale New Age philosophy. In the absence of significant and immediate results, it is necessary to produce the myth, enrich the imagination of the followers, offer an ideal for the future. In short, offer a vision of the world, that is to say, create a religion with its own Apocalypse and its future, Paradise and/or Hell.


Inspired by the New Age themes, they were able to develop this wonderous religious myth. A psychic chats daily with Babuji, the Special Personality in a Brighter World (the famous Central Region which allegedly, only two or three of the disciples will reach). This special personality promises first the Apocalypse and all its avatars. But she also promises an egregore, a future elite to regenerate mankind, an elite already in training at their Omega school.  How to blow hot and cold at the same time!


The Mission has thus arrive at a falsely paradox situation: to the spiritual needs of its members it brings no more than a simple meditation technique, but it develops a rich collective myth around which everyone raves about. This is not the method of Sahaj Marg which is extraordinary and unique, it is the myth conveyed today by the SRCM which seduces and unites the disciples. The small restrained group to which they belong becomes the new holy grail of Sahaj Marg.

Impoverishment of the method, and enrichment of myth. The shell is empty, but the more it is empty, the more they dress it in pretty attire, supposed to seduce the followers. Still, one needs to know how to seduce them without scaring them off. The myth is rich but dangerously sectarian, hence the importance of gradually spreading it in small doses, not to scare away the newcomers. This is where the group can acquire its weight: it must be sufficiently attractive and reserved for an elite, for the sense of belonging to be stronger than all the centrifugal effects that could be caused by the SRCM and Chari.


Those who succumb to the poisonous charm can not be seduced by the virtual absence of spiritual evolution related to meditation. They succumb to the false belief of belonging to a small group of elite ahead of its time (the ecstatic, unforgettable and incomparable experience of the group). So they do everything that the Guru calls from them: discipline, obedience and service.

Élodie


Thursday, March 06, 2014

Sahaj Marg? You Love it or Leave it!

Translation of an article from Alexis: "Le Sahaj Marg: Tu L'Aimes ou Tu Le Quittes", on Élodie's blog in Europe: Pour Que Vive Le Sahaj Marg.


March 6, 2014 

Sahaj Marg: You Love It Or You Leave It

From a new news article by Alexis on his blog:
The Mission: those who enter and those who leave

Two out of three people leave the Mission

On September 21, 2013, Kamlesh Patel addressed a letter to the CIC and ZIC (Centers in Charge,  and Zones in Charge of SRCM), where he stressed the need to surround the newcomers so they are not tempted to abandon Sahaj Marg after a few weeks.


“(…) Thanks to the good work being done by all, the Mission has been growing slowly, yet steadily. The growth of our Mission needs to be well balanced on 2 counts - Quality & Quantity. We need to ensure that we are able to offer the necessary support to ensure that those who commence their practice, get to stay on, instead of dropping away after a few weeks or months.(…)”

 The high dropout rate was known, here is a new confirmation. Remember the words of his predecessor Ajay Kumar Bhatter: it takes 3 new introductions to make a new abhyasi! In other words, two people introduced to Sahaj Marg leave the mission some time later ...

Prasanna Krishna, regional in charge of Oceania, did not say anything else during his visit in spring 2013:


“When asked about why abhyasis leave the mission and how we can prevent this, Br Prasanna mentioned that in most cases it is noticed that abhyasis leave after two to three years of practice. They complain that they don’t feel anything happening and basically reach a state of stagnation. (…)“

The situation is the same, only the time scale differs from several weeks to several years.

Following the passage of Prasanna and in response to his words, a local abhyasi added:


“I realised that Sahaj Marg is really like a large family. When we are all together, something changes at a subtle level, we begin to feel that there is no real difference between people inspite of apparent differences which tend to be more superficial in nature than core. Just being together fills us with an inexplicable inner joy. We are all a team of people with our imperfections, working on ourselves, trying to achieve the same goal in one glorious journey together.”

For the magic of Sahaj Marg to work, it is essential that the abhyasis gather around a common goal they share, "like a large family",  and it is only then that something "changes at a subtle level"...
 

So the explanation about the magic of Sahaj Marg: the need for the group life, family lifeThey call it an egregore, (group think)  sociologists speak more currently and especially more prosaically of group effects, or of crowd psychology or collective consciousness.

“(…) Lastly Br Prasanna touched on the topic of pain and suffering. He mentioned that suffering in our lives is important for spiritual growth. Many times apparently what seems to be suffering or loss helps in spiritual evolution.“
  
As if that were not enough, with Sahaj Marg one must learn to suffer before experiencing a spiritual evolution. We understand better why so many people drop out so quickly, it is far, very far from heaven on earth.  At Sahaj Marg, suffering is at the heart of the teaching ...


MeetUp and Natural Path Meditation

Traditionally, the growth of the mission was left to preceptors who would proselytize in all and every directions. But the global market shares of meditation techniques are not infinitely expandable, and there is a plethora of meditation techniques offered globally.

Growth at SRCM has stalled, dropouts are numerous. So, how to bounce back and adapt to the twenty-first century market?  

One must adapt: an increased presence on the web and in social networks, focus on stress management and wellness, they obscure anything that can scare an average Westerner: the "guru" suggests cults, Whispers (from the Brighter World)  and egregore are too esoteric. So they forget it, they erase it, they white-out!  Take out all the  rough spots  ...

First step, for 2 years already exposed by Michael: the presence of groups of abhyasis on MeetUp.com, the social network where "neighbors who come together to learn something, do something, share something ..." . Proximity and areas of interest are the two main entrances to the network. 


By 2010, North American abhyasis were among the first to move in this direction, but the experience grows everywhere, as shown in the example below.  A quick search on google returns immediately to no less than 2 dozen local groups of affiliated abhyasis of Sahaj Marg.Thus, we can read in Oceania Echoes of April 2013:

“Over the past quarter, we discussed initiatives in Melbourne to find ways to bring Sahaj Marg to the community. We all know the system is simple, we've all heard about ‘Meditation through Human Integration’. So, it was time to really put it to action. We received approval to trial a site on www.meetup.com.  

These days when people want something the first thing they do is to search the internet. So, we found many people were searching for meditation, something that will help them unburden their thoughts, better deal with their stress etc. The site allows us to organize ‘Meet-ups’ with the interested persons seeking to know about meditation and plan to hold an open house called a meet up. We prepared a very simple presentation and for our first meetup, four people attended, all of whom took introductory sittings. 

About a month later we had to schedule a second meetup because of the demand of the members at our site. This time ten people attended and eight decided to take introductory sittings.
 
In the last five months we have had at least twenty introductions. We found the best way to present was to be simple, keep it simple and keep HIM in our hearts. Let HIS fragrance spread. This is our Master's Mission and it is in our hands to take it further.
During Cultural Diversity Week we set up a stall, talked to people and gave out pamphlets. (…) There was a quite a lot of interest with many people taking brochures.

Second stepNatural Path Meditation has everywhere replaced Sahaj Marg no doubt considered "not catchy" and not enough backbone, they want more cleavage (clinging?).

Replacing Sahaj Marg with Natural Path Meditation on MeetUp is one thing, but we must go further, up to the sahajmarg.org website. Do not worry, the site has undergone a complete facelift in 2013 - a makeover. While nothing has been deleted from the previous content, it is now hidden, concealed.  One must now click a tiny link at the top of the second page to really access the site.  A link named [abhyasi]  a term which is obscure for any newly arrived.


A new access portal has taken the place of the old content. A stripped-down page:  "Sahaj Marg, the Natural path, Learn to meditate" is the full text of this new focus on a large and pretty esoteric symbol devoid of any meaning. Arrow [Explore] calls for more ... Change, Balance, Heart, Yoga and Infinity are the only keywords on this almost as stripped down
second page. 

Operation "seduction of the public vaguely tempted by meditation or yoga". Not a word about the spiritual master or the guru ... (the new CEO and  Staten Island Pharmacist, importer of pharmaceutical products, or the "salesmen" the businessmen of the "inner circle" of the Shri Ram Chandra Mission (SRCM California-1997)

Each keyword refers to another page accompanied by a nice big picture chosen for its evocative and catchy text below: a question, an answer and a few words in relief, that's all. 

To these 5 pages, associated with these 5 key words are added only under Learn to meditate, [The Practice] and [How to start].  An ultra-light presentation to attract the widest possible audience.

Not a word about the essential suffering necessary to spiritual growth!  Remember, we told you that Sahaj Marg was transforming itself into a globalized and aseptic spiritual product  ... 

 Here is a small portion of  the all-new, cleaned out, "natural" and all "laundered"  Sahaj Marg "Sales Schpeel"  ...

Buyer Beware!!  Who are you buying your "god" and "salvation" from??   Nothing is FREE, specially when dealing with "salesmen"!! 

Growth - change - evolution

Have you ever wanted to change something about yourself, and found it difficult?

Our life on Earth is one of change and evolution, yet we often resist moving into the unknown and out of our comfort zone.

It is not easy to remove habits, fears, and beliefs. They are like walking tracks or riverbeds - over time they become fixed. The challenge is to remove them in a way that is deep and permanent.

If you are interested in letting go of unwanted patterns and rising above yourself, there is a daily practice called 'cleaning' in Sahaj Marg that helps.

Simplicity - balance - integration

Is your mind filled with thoughts? Do you find it hard to concentrate?

We are bombarded from all sides most of the time, and it is not so easy to still the mind. This affects the very fabric of our lives, our quality of sleep, and our mental and physical wellbeing.

We need to find time for ourselves, and to be in touch with the simplicity and beauty of the inner Self. Then balance, harmony and integration are possible. This is best done through a spiritual practice of heart-based meditation.

As we continue to meditate, we find that we become progressively more balanced and simple.

Joy - heart - feel

How often do we look for happiness in life through pleasure?

We have been taught to look for happiness externally: be it through family life, friendships, work and worldly pursuits. Sometimes we find it, but as soon as the external reasons for happiness are gone, the happiness goes too.

What brings long-lasting happiness and purpose to human life? This question takes us on an inward journey of discovery, into the heart of the human being.

It is a great relief to realise that happiness is not dependent on the outer circumstances of life, but can be found within us. This inner joy is stable, silent, subtle and nourishing, and gives life a deeper purpose. In fact, through the heart we discover a dimension of our existence with limitless potential.

How do we discover this inner joy and purpose? We find it through meditation.

Raja yoga - mind

Raja yoga focuses on the mind, through meditation.
In raja yoga, the mind gradually becomes purified, so that it is a perfect instrument for the heart's evolution.

Sahaj Marg is a refined practice of raja yoga, simplified for modern life. It is designed to be a natural part of your everyday routine, balancing the material and spiritual aspects of existence.

Have you ever tried meditating on your own?

It is not easy to still the mind. In Sahaj Marg meditation, we are able to progressively train the mind to ignore thoughts and turn our attention deeper within ourselves. This is made possible by an ancient yogic technique called pranahuti or transmission, which was rediscovered by one of the guides of the Sahaj Marg system. Transmission is at the heart of Sahaj Marg and gives life to meditation.


Towards infinity - oneness

When have you felt drawn to something greater than yourself?

It is hard to express this pull in words, but the feeling is unmistakable. Human beings have always had a deep yearning to understand who we are beyond the physical existence - to explore our original nature, our essence. This yearning has been at the base of religious and scientific enquiry throughout human history, and is also the purpose of yoga.

The spiritual journey is infinite and full of wonder.

Through the heart, we explore an inner universe that has no beginning and no end. We have been on that journey, without conscious awareness, since the beginning of time. We continue it consciously through a guided individual practice of meditation that becomes part of our daily life.

Alexis


See Also (in French) by Alexis





  


Sunday, February 23, 2014

Sahaj Marg(tm), Its Ashrams and Other Real Estate Investments

Translation from an article by Alexis: "Le Sahaj Marg, Ses Ashrams et Ses Autres Biens Immobiliers", on Élodie's blog: Pour Que Vive Le Sahaj Marg.


Feb. 23, 2014 

Sahaj Marg Its Ashrams and Other Real Estate Investments

Alexis has published two articles, gathered here (as one article), on the ashrams of the (SRCM (California-1997), or Chari's faction of the ...)  Mission:


Ashrams and Sahaj Marg Centers Worldwide

Condition of the Property Sites of the Mission (Updated February 16, 2014)

In 2012, SRCM was said to be present in more than 95 countries with 220 ashrams and over a thousand meditation centers.

The comprehensive census conducted in India by the Mission at the end of 2013 lists 2,500 centers, but fewer than 1,300 are open for group meditation on Sunday and 250 of them receive less than 10 people.


The figure of a thousand real Indian centers seems most likely.  Nearly 800 of them have less than 50 meditators, a hundred between 50 and 100, 65 between 100 and 200, 31 between 200 and 500, 17 between 500 and 1000 and finally 7 major centers have more than 1000 participants.


The distinction between ashram and meditation center is a matter of opinion. Accordingly, if one sets the bar at 50 or 100 participants, we get 100 to 200 ashrams out of the thousand centers.


Among them , there are two international Ashrams: the Babuji Memorial Ashram at Manappakam (International Mission headquarters near Chennai) and Satkhol ashram in the foothills of the Himalayas ( a spectacular showcase for foreigners).


Other major ashrams hosting more than 500 people on Sunday are in Hyderabad, New Delhi, Bangalore, Lucknow, Pune, Indore, Nellore, Tirupati, Jodhpur, Kanpur, Jaipur, Kurnool, Ghaziabad, Nandyal, Agra, Vadodara and Tiruppur.
 


In France in 2006, the SRCM had 43 centers and 97 preceptors for 1,111 contributors.  Extrapolating from these figures, we obtain nearly 500 centers outside India. But all the centers are not of equal importance, far from it. Thus, the Mission distinguished in France 8 major centers (including 3 with an ashram ) and 35 smaller centers, including 8 without preceptors ...

So abroad, we have some 500 meditation centers and one counts specifically 22 ashrams in 2014, including 5 new ones in the last 2 years.


Western Europe has 8 (ashrams): 3 in France (Montpellier, Paris and Nice ), 1 in Denmark at Vrads Sande, 1 in Lausanne in Switzerland, one in Berlin, Germany, one in Milan, Italy, and the last purchased in London, UK.


North America ranks second, with 6 ashrams, the latest in Canada is still in draft form and is at the implementation stage.  All others are in the USA: Molena , Georgia (on sale) , Sunderland in Maryland and Beavercreek, Ohio for the ancients.  The new ones are those in Cranberry, New Jersey and Fremont, California.

Asia (excluding India ) accounts for 4 (ashrams): Klang in Malaysia, Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and the last 2 purchased in 2013 in Singapore and Qatar.  Eastern Europe accounts for one in Timisoara, Romania and one purchased in 2013 in Minsk, Belarus. South Africa has the historical Ashram at Lenasia, Johannesburg. Australia is looking to sell their ashram at Bringelly.  Latin America is beginning to think about a project ...


The situation is evolving quickly with new and frequent regular purchases (London, Fremont and Cranberry, Singapore, Qatar , Minsk, etc... ), But also the resale of old ashrams which no longer meet the current criteria. The French ashram at Augerans, the former European headquarters of the Mission, was sold in 2003.  Broomlee, Scotland location was abandoned well before the London repurchase of a new ashram.  In Australia, Armadale was sold before buying Bringelly, itself on sale today.  At Molena, the cost of development work was considered prohibitive, and is also for sale. Several resale projects of the Ashram at Lausanne, Switzerland, were also considered ...Since 2005, Chari wanted to diversify his real estate stock.  Beyond ashrams and meditation centers, he introduced training centers, centers of spiritual retreat and of course a school ... The Omega school!


There exists three training centers (or CREST Centre for Research Education & Training) launched by Chari to develop his followers: the first two are in India, Bangalore in Karnataka and one in Kharagpur in West Bengal, the last ashram is in Berlin (Germany).

There are also four retreat centers where abhyasis can come and worship and meditate for periods of one week to one month: 2 in India, Panshet Pune in Maharashtra and Malampuzha in Kerala, the SPURS (ranch) near Austin, Texas (USA), and the Vrads Sande ashram in Denmark.




The "Hesitation-Waltz" Orchestrated by Chari Around the Ashrams

 When Babuji was alive, the property of SRCM was mingled with his own property. The ashram at Shahjahanpur was built on his land, near his house, and was opened in 1976. This is the first ashram of the Mission, the only one ever created by Babuji. Apart from that, it had almost nothing else.

Total change in strategy with Chari if Western abhyasis want to see him, they must have an ashram and if possible an available cottage to receive him.


The real estate worth increases gradually, first with the purchase of Augerans castle in France in 1988, which was then the European headquarters of the Mission until 2003. Then the opening of the ashrams at Vrads Sande Denmark, in Molena, Georgia (USA ) in 1992, and at the location of Broomlee in Scotland, etc...


Chari has made himself a reputation in the West. In the late 90's, it was time for him to think of returning home to impose himself as the sole master of Sahaj Marg.


This time he bleeds Westerners for his Indian projects.  And in 1999 he inaugurated with great pomp the Babuji Memorial Ashram after two years of work (5 ha, a meditation hall for 13,000 people, $2 to $3 million estimated at the time). The transfer of funds from the West into India was at full throttle.  And major Indian ashrams followed: Bangalore, Tiruppur, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Delhi, Allahabad, Kolkata, Satkhol ...


For example, the Ashram at Ahmedabad is spread over 2 hectares, the meditation hall can accommodate 2,500 people, there are dormitories for 750 people and a dozen apartments ...


Clearly, Chari began investing in Europe and in the United States, or rather he made the western Abhyasis invest at home, then better to ask them to finance his headquarters in India and all his new projects. The foundations concretized all that ...


In theory, in the new organization driven by Santosh Khanjee, the foundations are responsible for the material of the Mission, therefore the acquisition of ashrams with the money from donations. In practice, from now on the foundations capture the western donations, but it is to better use them for other purposes, primarily in India.


All is not rosy for the Western adepts who wish to acquire an ashram, far from it.  If the ashram becomes part of the heritage of the Mission once it is acquired, this does not prevent that the ashram must first be funded largely by local adepts themselves, the foundations often investing very little, sometimes nothing.


For any building project, it must first obtain Chari's permission. He decides everything without consulting the abhyasis. Worse, he plays "the weathervane" by agreeing and then withdrawing his agreement just as  quickly.


Examples: In 2003, Chari resells the Augerans castle against the advice of French abhyasis. In 2008, he talks about getting rid of the Lausanne, Switzerland ashram so as to build another elsewhere, even as the renovations on the ashram are nearing completion, and always against the advice of the local abhyasis.


SRCM Oceania has always dreamed of an ashram. Chari has obviously decided on something else. The first land was purchased in Armadale, near Perth, Australia in 2000. Chari makes them sell it in 2003. Likewise in 2011, the abhyasis buy a new lot in Bringelly, near Sydney, Australia. Chari decides to sell it in 2012.  As no purchaser is interested, it is now a question of renting ...


On May 16, 2006, Chari agrees with the Italians on their ashram project, but he canceled the project a week later, preferring on the next June 2nd, the Berlin project. The Milanese ashram will therefore not be realized until 2008. In the process, he opposes the London project as the lease on the Scottish ashram at Broomlee expires, and it will not be until 2012 that the English who stayed for 6 years without ashram, to finally acquire one in London.


In October 2008, he freezes all acquisition projects due to the global financial crisis, while he grants the "go ahead" to a few. Then six months later, while things remain blocked for the most part, he restarts investing in the United States ...


At the same time that he freezes all projects,
on October 5, 2008 the Chicago center is the beneficiary of a "right" to acquire a local lot of  more than 200 m² in Warrenville for a group of about 60 abhyasis and fifteen children.

A green light in April 2009 also for the acquisition of a lot in Cranberry by the local group, the future ashram in New Jersey.  And July 5, 2009, it was the turn of downtown Cleveland (Ohio) to inaugurate its new premises.  Also in July, Chari allows the resumption of expansion for  North American ashrams.


Acquired in 1992, the Molena ashram is the SRCM Headquarters in the USA (80 miles south of Atlanta, Georgia), it covers 13 hectares (32 acres).  In September 2008, the Committee provided 2 extension work phases: the first involved the creation of an additional wing with a second meditation hall of about 300 m², an extension of the dining room, bedrooms and bathrooms and a new cottage. The 2nd phase was to create a very large meditation hall outside, instead of the tent which hosted large gatherings.


The first phase of extension work, scheduled to begin in October, 2008 and ending April 30, 2009, had been blocked by Chari's austerity speech from Dubai just before its beginning. But in July 2009, it was finally given permission to begin the first phase of the work.


New about-face in 2013, the largest historic Mission ashram in North America is finally put up for sale. The library was moved to Cranberry and ashram cleaned and emptied ...


The extension of the Sunderland Pioneer Valley ashram in Massachusetts was also boxed and was frozen like the others in October 2008.  Indeed, this ashram serves both the abhyasis of the northern United States to those in southern Canada. Looking for land to expand its current lot has resumed in September 2009 and a campaign fundraiser for ashrams began. Some austerity ...Chari alone decides the investment of the mission, regardless of the local abhyasis . But back to the financial aspect and the involvement of foundations.


Chari alone decided that Berlin would be an ashram and a Training Centre (CREST) ​​of the Mission for the whole of Europe.  However, this has not prevented the European Foundation to limit its financing of the acquisition of the ashram to two-thirds of the total. The local association SRCM Germany had no choice but to rustle up a third of the remaining finances. So, even other associations participated: France up to €35,000 and Switzerland 30,000. The Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Italy also participated.


Chari refused his foundations to contribute financially to the acquisition of the London ashram, despite some 1,500 euros paid on average by the abhyasis. He did not put a dime either in Lyon when the SRCM France undertook to raise EUR 150,000 and the local abhyasis pledged to find 3,000 euros each, thereby derailing the project. And how much has he put on the table for the Italian national ashram in Milan, when we know that France participated in the amount of €115,000?


Canadian example: Northern light - The light from the north. In 2012, Kamlesh Patel suggests Canadians they contribute if they also want them to get an ashram: 
“if 1,000 abhyasis each contributed $20 per month, that would be $20,000 per month and in a year we would have $240,000 – had we started five years ago we would be in a position now to acquire a property!” It is therefore a project to 1.2 million gold SRCM Canada is 4-500 abhyasis only. But the local accounts of SRCM showed an annual profit of $43,000. At this rate, the ashram is 28 years later and not in 5 years!

Chari is not crazy, rather than considering a participation of its foundation, wanted to boost Canadians: project approval was December 28, 2012 with the goal of opening on his birthday, July 24, 2013.


Chari had put pressure, it was necessary to please him for his birthday. Therefore they had to find almost $3,000 per abhyasi in less than a year! Of panic in March 2013, Kim Hansen wrote in Echoes of North America:
“(…) we have received gifts from several abhyasis in Europe who have heard about the project. We invite one and all to join us in bringing this project to fruition. There is no time to waste.”
 
Total panic at the beginning of the summer: to meet deadlines set by Chari, the committee called North American to be actively involved in fundraising and abhyasis worldwide solidarity on the principle of 'One World, one Family' for a new - Northern Light Northern Light "beacon of light" for the upliftment of humanity, a site near Toronto (Ontario) has been selected. The latest news, international solidarity to meet Chari worked well ...


About-face yet again? After renovations in 2009-10, Molena Ashram (the largest historic Mission Ashram in North America) is on sale in 2013 while that of Beavercreek Dayton, Ohio has been an expansion project. Simple transfer of activities from one to the other? Technically maybe, but not financially! The proposed creation of a new meditation hall of 240 m² for 300 people is estimated at $500 000.  Donations are requested for implementation in 2014 and the foundations are still not participating. In September 2013, donations amounted to $176 000 dollars and pledges to $124,000. Rather than soliciting foundations, new fundraising campaigns are organized to find the $200,000 still missing ...


Alexis 

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