By Gurupremananda (Lynn) Cattafi, SVA Board President
Acquiring material things won’t buy you happiness. Yet when you invest your money into something with a higher purpose, the return on your investment is priceless. When you give from your heart, your generosity does come back to you. The joy and peace that arise from within is indescribable. You are in that energetic flow.
Vidyadevi Stillman and Rukmini Abbruzzi describe the yogic science of investing your money:
“Money is a placeholder that holds energy, making you able to utilize that energy or share it with others. Being in the energetic flow that we call ‘money’ is an important part of life. You can’t even grow a garden without putting some money into it. It’s almost like you dig some holes and put some money into them.” (Wealth: Abundance and More, February 2015)
Ashram Board Members know this, which is why have created a matching funds campaign. For every $1 you donate, the Ashram receives $2. Leading the way in our “Investing in Your Ashram” campaign, we have committed to matching your donations up to $22,000.
Investing our energy by pledging matching funds enhances Svaroopa® Vidya Ashram’s capacity to serve you. This investment grows programs, essential support staff and improvements to Lokananda. This invigorated infrastructure is ready to spread more of Swami Nirmalananda’s teachings to you as well as more seekers. In other words, we are investing in YOU!
We also understand that, as donors, we further our own spiritual development. Following the impulse toward generosity by making a financial contribution is the ancient yogic practice of dakshina. It is a way to support your teacher and the teachings. Like all of your Svaroopa® Sciences practices, what you gain is your own Self.
You’ve heard that money can’t buy you happiness. In this case, I heartily disagree. By investing money in an organization dedicated to you knowing your own Self, you gain something valuable.
Over the next few weeks, you will read some very personal accounts from your Board members on what investing in the Ashram means to them, and what it does for them. We have challenged ourselves to create the matching funds donation. Now we challenge you, the Svaroopa® community, to equal our generosity. Invest in your Ashram, thus invest in your Self. Remember, for every $1 you donate, the Ashram receives $2.
OM svaroopa svasvabhava namo nama.h