Tapasyalaya [Sanskrit] means "place of retreat for yoga and meditation". In its strict sense, the root "tapasya" refers to deep meditation and various austerities used by yogis for self-purification to achieve enlightenment and liberation. A solitary place is usually sought out for such an undisturbed meditation retreat.
The Samadhi Hermitage Retreat Center, and the Samadhi Meditation Cave, are located in mountainous foothills of New Mexico, to provide opportunity for a meditation retreat in the style of tapasya...not austere, but as a place of retreat for superb stillness, solitude, yoga, meditation and refreshment of one's life...with undisturbed continuity ... just like a monk, sadhu, Himalayan yogi, etc.
Fruit trees, grapes, vegetable and flower gardens, and cactus are interspersed with areas for sitting, walking, meditation & yoga...all to provide sanctity, serenity, natural beauty, organic food, and mindfulness (the cactus). There is a flagstone yoga deck tucked among the giant cactus outside the cave; and behind us, a beautiful secluded canyon for walks and sitting.
Throughout history, sages, saints, and yogis have gone to the mountains, caves and deserts for their meditation retreat. The high-elevation deserts of northern New Mexico are surrounded by mountains, thus providing a superb climate (moderate in all seasons), clean air, stillness, beauty, and an incredible sense of personal expansion due to the expansive vistas. One truly expands as far as they can see.
to the South.
The Samadhi cave is on the hillside, right edge of photo; Arunachala Cave, under construction, on the Hillside in middle of the picture. The garden contains grapevines (caged in against the birds); two apricot trees on the upper row; pear trees below and in middle of apricot row; peach and nectarine trees are out front (not showing). Town of Madrid (and further north, Santa Fe, is behind us as we look at the picture.The glazed roof covers the greenhouse; and, the shingled roof is part of the main building.
In a Meditation Cave
we are within
the womb of the Earth Mother. When
we go out of the cave for any reason, there can be a wonderful
sensation of newness, of
a visitor" to the external world; and, of how temporary is our precious
presence on this planet earth. Thus, dwelling in our inner self, as one
in the cave, becomes a very
viable sensation when we step out of
meditative and spiritual retreat … especially in a cave, especially
in New Mexico … can be a true life-affecting departure from the norms
material and physical world. Some people are so ready for this shift,
this departure, that there truly is …
"No going back!".
Photos of various saints are found throughout the Hermitage … looking at us!
Gazing in their eyes is a meditation in itself.
Other services provided by the Hermitage:(a) counseling & support - health, diet, yoga, meditation, spiritual awareness, awakening, grieving, death, comparative theology, proper relating;
(b) distribution of various writings by the founder or other hermitage associates;
(c) residence quarters and basic needs for a teacher (Monk), who will also function as caretaker and manager of the hermitage;
(d) charitable assistance for individual, family and village uplift in India, Sri Lanka, other Third World Nations, and USA; and,
(e) any other chosen contributions to the spread of peace, health & well-being.
Previously known as "World Citizens for World Peace," the Hermitage was established in the Santa Fe area of New Mexico, in September, 1985, by the Founder and Monk, Ananda Baba (Francis Ananda Love), under the sponsorship of the World Citizens Foundation (San Francisco). In 1994, the Samadhi Hermitage was established as an independant 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
1985-1994, principal activities were the construction of all
creation of the fruit orchard, charitable services in India & Sri
counseling (mostly by telephone), and peace work through mailings of
and peace oriented writings.
our ADVAITA ANANDA SAMADHI HERMITAGE and ASHRAM in Ellora, Maharashtra;
and Ananda's fantastic stone masonry in building it.
*** Ready for Cave Time in India … near the Ancient Ellora Caves? ***
Stories and pictures of the FAMILIES we support in India … and other fun stuff too!
Click here … for a visit to "our" India
Would you like to help with our social work in India?
For assistance to poor folks in any 3rd world country, no amount is too small or too large.
In India: $20/month = private English language school for one child at Elementary level;
$50/month = basic necessities for a single-mom family, 3 kids;
$100/month = fairly well full monthly expenses.
$10-20/month is not a hardship for most of us, yet it can do wonders for social work in India and elsewhere.
If one wishes, Internet Banking enables fixed monthly donations as well as random.
Soon we intend to set up a PayPal account.
Bank-toBank Transfer to Samadhi Hermitage Account:
U.S.BankAcct. #155919133449; ABA Number: #107002312
Via personal check, payable (and send) to:
7 Peaceful Way
Madrid, NM 87010
Samadhi Hermitage, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization since 1995.
All donations are tax-deductible; and in advance, we thank you SO much.