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ABOUT US

Our mission is to provide a quiet space away from busy modern life to allow for a contemplative lifestyle dedicated to personnal and spiritual growth.

What is an ashram ?

 

The word "Ashram" stands for a hermitage, a secluded place of spiritual practices. 

 

Śiva Ashram presently offers a karma yoga and meditation program for people who wish to experience living a life of sādhāna (spiritual practice). 

Mission, Goals and Projects

  • To develop and nurture a self-sustained interspiritual community of spiritually-inclined souls who yearn for a contemplative life to study, meditate, worship, and live in close communion with the Divine.

  • To integrate western personnal developpment practices with eastern spiritual practices to help individual experience tangible emotionnal healing while growing spiritually. 

About the founder

 

Kēdārnāthan established the ashram in 2017 as a way to share a contemplative lifestyle of daily meditation, yoga prayer and selfless service with like-minded souls. He offers spiritual direction and counselling to those in need. He also organises ashram activities with the intent of creating and maintaining the healthiest environment for all to unfold together on all levels : physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual. 

He is a karma sannyasi, a “modern” version of the traditional monastic yogis, belonging to the Indian Shankaracharya Swami order. Karma Sannyasis are a type of renunciant/monk who are ordained to live in the world while using every aspect of life as a way to deeply heal and transform themselves while sharing the light of the spiritual path with seekers. 

 

His lifestyle is one of simplicity, humility, compassion and self-less service, involving certain forms of austerity, daily hours in meditation, while remaining as deeply human, vulnerable, fallible and relatable as one can be.

 

Jaffna Fort, Sri Lanka
Jaffna Fort, Sri Lanka

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Visit to Kauai Hindu Monastery
Visit to Kauai Hindu Monastery

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Exploring Thiruvanamallai
Exploring Thiruvanamallai

Hiking with Rajesh on the public trails on Annamalai

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Jaffna Fort, Sri Lanka
Jaffna Fort, Sri Lanka

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Interspiritual exploration

Exploration is at the heart of human nature. We explore our surrounding, we explore each other and we explore ourselves. Every world religion has been involved in this inner investigation one way or the other. In interspirituality, we derive inspiration and validation from the realizations of mystics from world traditions and compare it to our own realizations. 

Our interspiritual exploration has it's begining and foundation in in Hinduism, also called the Sanatana Dharma, which means the eternal path, is naturally open and inclusive by nature and acknowledges every religion as an authentic path towards God. We've including rituals, holidays and chants from other tradition such as Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and Jainism and are looking to expand our religious views and experience of God in as many names and forms .

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Each day, morning prayers and worship are certered around a different face of the Divine and reading from various traditions : Hindu, Christian, Buddhist, Jewish, Islamic...

 

Prayers and singing are offered in english, sanskrit, arabic, hebrew, french.. 

Pradosha Shiva Puja

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Pradosha Shiva Puja

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New Moon Maha Lakshmi Puja

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Vishnu Puja

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Chaturthi Ganesha Puja

Chaturthi Ganesha Puja

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We also organize semma, sufi whirling dance (islamic mysticism) and celebrate shabbat through shabbatt eave meal on fridays evenings.