Bal Ashram: safe home for orphaned and abandoned children

It’s monsoon season in India and once again Ma Ganga has overflown the riverbanks and flooded the city of Varanasi and the ashram. For all of us this seems it was just yesterday that the brooms and mops were put away and life had gotten back to normal after the last flood. It is almost too much to bear.

Babaji’s words are an important and great comfort here: “We cannot get overwhelmed. We just stop. Take a step back. Take a deep breath. Find something around us to appreciate. And when we are in appreciation, the vibrations coming out of our being are very nurturing.”

There is much to appreciate. The boys are safe and happy. The ashram was much better prepared this time. Furniture and equipment were secured, animals and people evacuated. Most of all, the inspiration and the vision that are the heart of Bal Ashram are intact and untouched.

Bal Ashram is a place where endangered children are raised in an environment that is nurturing, safe and giving them holistic education about life. Baba Harihar Ramji (Babaji) founded the Sonoma Ashram in Sonoma, CA, in 1990, and later established the Sonoma Ashram Foundation to unify our service projects in the U.S. and abroad. Bal Ashram is one of the Foundation's initiative.

Sadhana (spiritual practice) and seva (selfless service) are the two bookends of a meaningful life. Each conscious human being has to do something simple yet concrete to acknowledge one's wholeness – that is sadhana – and the overflow of that wholeness is seva, selfless service.
- Baba Harihar Ramji

This is a perfect moment to share the beautiful new documentary film about Bal Ashram that was created by Dr. Victor Pineda of World Enabled. Victor, a friend of Babaji and Bal Ashram was in Varanasi as part of his global work promoting disability rights. Below are links to the film and to the Sonoma Ashram web site. A visit to both will inspire your day.

http://sonomaashram.org/video-player.php?id=aBKKj-bFMTc
http://sonomaashram.org/

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