Our service is to inspire and assist people for the "crowning glory" of their spiritual life; and to provide a facility for those who wish to pursue it. The Samadhi Meditation Cave serves this essential aspect of our spiritual journey by providing opportunity and space to go deep within. If we wish to know God, we must go within. The world abounds in workshops, training programs, activity based retreat centers and other such opportunities to further one's spiritual quest. However, there comes a time when we wish to find a place of solitude, and be as a monk for some period of time, whereby we can withdraw into our own self and sadhana, free of the distractions, movement, activity and socializing of group activity. So then, we are ready for a meditation cave … and to do/be our own "workshop".
The Samadhi Meditation Cave is a 12 foot diameter octagon, 7 feet below ground level. It is constructed of stones collected from the hillside and nearby canyon; the ceiling is beautiful old weathered barnwood, and the roof is under 4-6 inches of soil, with cactus and grasses growing atop. In the center, stained glass panels line a perfectly proportioned pyramid skylight; small altars are in the walls of the four cardinal directions; a sound system has speakers hidden in the ceiling; and there is running water, small sink, etc. recessed into one wall. Outside the door is another place to sit for meditation; and the flagstone yoga deck (see below) is just nearby. There is a heating system for winter months. Truly, the cave IS awesome! Please see this letter from one visitor to get a "taste" of cave time... A Month in Samadhi Cave, by Lynn B.
one has NOT had any meditation training and experience, then "Cave Time" will be very difficult, to say the least. Cave
sadhana is NOT EASY for beginners! In this case, we usually suggest to do a 10-day Vipassana
Vipassana is truly among the best, simplest, most direct. It is totally
by "donaton only"; and trully, about as pure as it gets ...
"Creme-de-la-Creme"! Available throughout the world, and the format
etc. is the same everywhere, with teaching, training, and powerful
evening discourses. The experience, in essence, is straight from the
Buddha, including the meditation technique and evening discourses/
Ananda will provide spiritual
and assistance with various forms of yoga, meditation and other
practices upon request. He is a Sadhu
(monk); and has engaged in many weeks, months and years
India, and also here. An article by Ananda
gives insight on what can be done during cave time: A Cave Yogi's Prescription for Instant Liberation!
In today's fast-pace society, one does not easily find: (a) the idea to go within; (b) the idea to go to a cave or other solitary place to do so; (c) the opportunity in one's busy life to do so; (d) the place to do so (such as a meditation cave); (e) the will to do so; and, finally... (f) the person who actually does so! May you be blessed to be among those who are so fortunate.
So, here is an opportunity for you to use a meditation Cave for a fulfilling period of time, with no telephone calls, bank statements, bills to pay, email, fax machines, grocery shopping, or other "outside" concerns. Just you, the cave, God, nature, and your own sadhana (meditation). Here's a photo collage of some Hermitage delights ... Photo Collage.
AT THE END
of your cave time, it is requested that you bring down your bedding and
towels for laundering; returning them to the cave when finished, and
re-making the bed! Thanks.
* * *Hermitage Facilities.
By Donation. Samadhi Hermitage is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All donations are welcome and tax-deductable. They serve for the maintainance of the Hermitage, and also for the social work we do in India and elsewhere.
"Donation means donation." It must feel good to you. If you ask about a "suggested donation", I might enjoy to say: "1/2 million dollars, but anything less is definitely ok!!"
* * * Deposit. We now request a $150 cleaning deposit at arrival, or in advance, for use of the caves. Upon inspection of the cave at your going
time, the deposit will be fully refunded if the place is properly
cleaned-up, bed-remade, etc. (Such inspections at going time are also
wise, because easily 90% of people forget something of theirs, which
must then be returned, dealt with, etc. -- thus, "mindfulness checking"!).
you for your interest. May your life, sadhana and services be uplifting and fruitful wherever you go!
Telephone (505) 473-3560.
|Samadhi Hermitage, Madrid, New Mexico, USA|
|Advaita Ananda Samadhi Ashram - Ellora, Maharastra, INDIA|
|Advaita Ananda Samadhi Ashram
Ananda's Ashram and Residence,
Samadhi Hermitage Crystal
|Construction Days - 2009-2014|
Six years, on and off,
constructing our India Ashram.
Stone walls, construction folks, etc.
|Glimpses from the Past - 1994-2002
Collages and Stories of two Indian families.
Still we are with two children from each!
Jyoti & Sagar in Mishra family;
Sita & Sagar in Tambe family.
Hearts and Faces in Stone
India Ashram Stone masonry fun!
"Miles of Smiles"
Families & friends… in bliss!
Hermitage - India Trust
We are officially non-profit in India.
Kids and families
at her Ashram in Amar Kantak, headwaters of the Narmada Ganga.
The Roy Family, in West Bengal
A true Gandhian family totally dedicated to village service and uplift.
Sarubai Tambe Family Residence.
|Would you like to help with Social Work in India?
$10-20/month is NOT a hardship for most of us; yet it can do wonders in 3rd world countries!
For assistance to poor folks in any 3rd world country, no amount is too small.
Click here … for a visit to "Social Work in India"
Trekking and Touring Himalayas of India
We highly recommend Amit Bajaj for any India travel help you may need;
especially in the Himalayas.