Greetings from the Board

The Dharma Sara Board (Lakshmi, Chandra, Jules and Divakar) with the support of the Panchayat (Sharada, Kalpana, Sri Nivas, Laskhmi, Chandra and Divakar) want to thank Shankar for his significant contribution as Centre Director over the past 4 years. The Centre during that time has played a most important role in the lives of many people as a place for spiritual development and personal transformation. The programs and events at the Centre have been very successful and the Satsang community has grown substantially.

The Board also expresses its appreciation that the position of Centre Director has now been filled by Meredith Paramita Knox.

Her education combined with her work experience, management skills and history with Babaji and his teachings are very suited to the role that she will now be playing. Our deliberations in selecting Paramita were conducted over a considerable period of time during which all the various possible options were taken into account and support from the Panchayat was provided. We feel very fortunate that Paramita has come on board at this time and we welcome her whole-heartedly.

As 2012 draws to a close, we also want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has contributed this year and over the years to Dharma Sara’s welfare both at the Centre and elsewhere. Babaji has provided us with very precious gifts in the form of his inspiration and his teachings along with a Centre where those gifts can be shared with others. It has taken the efforts of countless numbers of people (both staff and volunteers) over many years to bring us to where we now stand. Our main goal moving forward is to continue with our inherited yogic tradition for the benefit of future generations. We encourage everyone to continue to support Dharma Sara in whatever way that they can, be that at the Centre or wherever they may be. Donations for the Centre through Dharma Sara Satsang Society are most appreciated and enable us to contribute to and be part of this blessed project whether we live close by or far away. Donations for the Orphanage are most welcome as well. Tax receipts are available for these donations.

Best wishes to everyone for a happy and peaceful Christmas and New Year’s as we move into 2013.

Om, Divakar

Your Financial Contributions Help Fulfill Our Mission

Dear Friends,

Greetings of the season to you all! As we reflect on the blessings of 2010 and the year draws to a close we are making an appeal for your help in two of our important endeavours.

First, we are asking if you can participate in our annual gesture of support to Sri Ram Ashram in northern India. Each year Dharma Sara Satsang and the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga make a financial contribution to the children’s home, school and medical clinic inspired by Baba Hari Dass and founded in 1984. This year we would like to raise a minimum of $6000 for this project; at the time of this writing we have $4730 towards that goal.

Secondly, we are making an appeal for your contributions to the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga. The work at SSCY is done largely by volunteers in the spirit of Karma Yoga. Our eight full time resident staff members received an average annual remuneration of $3,500 in 2010! Their generous contribution of time, along with that of our volunteer boards and committees, enables us to keep program fees affordable and fund non-revenue producing programs and events. Nevertheless, it is challenging to come up with funds for needed facility repairs and improvements.
How Is Donated Money Used?

Donations support the children of Sri Ram Ashram in these ways:

  • medical and health care
  • food and clothing
  • education (books, computers and supplies),

Recently, funds helped to purchase a much needed new school bus; another bus is needed at this time.

The work of Sri Ram Ashram is funded by generous donors in several countries. In Canada, Dharma Sara Satsang Society, which is a registered charitable organization for Canadian income tax purposes, administers donated funds through an agent specifically appointed for that purpose. Each year, receipts and a reporting letter are provided to Dharma Sara Satsang Society, indicating how funds have been spent on its behalf.

Donations directed toward the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga are used to keep Centre facilities in good condition so that community events, classes and programs, including Karma Yoga Service & Study, can be offered. All projects are considered carefully to ensure that the most central needs of the Centre are met. The program building turns a hundred next year, and as you will appreciate has a steady need for renovations and maintenance (the 2009 roof replacement cost $34,000). This winter we hope to replace the worn upstairs carpeting with cork flooring, take care of needed repairs to the basement ceiling, and renovate the utility room adjacent to the dining room into a dish washing area.

Donate Today

There are three ways to make a donation:

1. Donate online through CanadaHelps.org
2. Phone us with your credit card information at 250-537-2326
3. Send a cheque made payable to “Dharma Sara Satsang Society”, with “Sri Ram Ashram” or “Salt Spring Centre of Yoga” in the memo, to 355 Blackburn Road, Salt Spring Island, BC, V8K 2B8

Official receipts for Canadian income tax purposes will be issued by CanadaHelps.org (if you choose option 1 above) or Dharma Sara Satsang Society (for options 2 or 3).

With gratitude,
Shankar, Chandra and all members of the Board of Dharma Sara Satsang

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