Sree Rama Dasa Mandir Chicago
another Temple in Chicago?
Dasa Mandir is not just another temple. It is a classic Ashram facility
as envisioned by revered Saint His Holiness Swami Sathyananda Saraswathy
Thiruvadikal of Sree
Rama Dasa Ashram. An Ashram in its true sense is a place of retreat,
it is a place of solace, it is a place of worship, it is a place one
would go to for hope and support for people of all walks of life.
It is a place that takes care of Body, Mind and Soul.
Hanuman or Lord
Anjaneya is the embodiment of devotion, humbleness, courage,
commitment, service, respect, nobleness and such enormous qualities.
Ever present where ever the name of Lord RAM is uttered, ever
ready to help and serve for the noble causes of Dharma.
to the causes mentioned above, this temple is envisioned as a place of
worship, place for Pitru pooja, a place to introduce classic Indian
values of living. This includes going back in time by a thousand years,
where every individual is respected. Every individual contributes to
projects being reviewed. Most important considerations are Pitru Pooja
facility, Guru Mandir and a facility that promotes natural food.
Pitru Pooja is
the act of worshiping the great ancestors who have gone by. According
to classic Sanathana Dharma every form of life is a minute embodiment
of the supreme super natural power. Each form of life takes many births
to go through various learning's. According to eastern philosophy, each
birth time must be dedicated to containing each of the Vasana or native
tendencies in life. It is only the human form of birth that allows
significant amount of thinking and collective action which can be
quickly transformed to purifying one’s soul. Ancient Vedic scriptures
offer many ways to achieve this—if followed with absolute commitment.
Some of these are Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga etc. … Yoga stands for Union.
Union of mind and soul resulting in actions that is beneficial to self
as well as others. Life continues from one form to another until all
the vasana’s are put to rest. Modern science also supports this theory.
For example - through the works of Dr.
Brian L Weiss, Many
lives many masters. Pitru Pooja is an act of offering worship to
the supreme super natural power to empower the respective souls to be
clear of Vasanas. Hence they can accelerate their progress of
surrendering the vasanas and hence lead to Salvation, avoiding many
more miserable lives and births in various forms and shapes. In simple
terms, Pitru Pooja is that simple offering done in rememberance
to all the love and affection to one's ancestors. Eastern tradition
believes that a personality is built with the genes from 40 previous
generations, of which last 7 directly influences one's character.
Guru is the self
less teacher who always guides disciples in the right way. Guru
when recognized as the Aacharya, is the one who enacts his teachings.
He leads to follow. Guru Mandir is a very sacred concept that would
enrich the gurutvam—the attraction to enhance the Guru qualities in
ones life. Word Gurutvam itself means attraction to the heavier object.
It is said that nothing is impossible for the one who follows gurutvam.
This is a concept far less understood by the modern science.
There did exist
a period when one could live on the fresh organic food from the back
yard. There were no pesticides, no genetically modified plants and
finally no diseases which are known in today’s world. This
facility is envisioned to have a retreat facility where one can survive
on the most adapt herbs for ones life style as much as possible.