By Gayatri Barbara Hess
SVA Board Member
Chatting with friends, the topic of charitable giving came up. One person said he focused on the Mission Statement of the organization he gave to. If the mission was in tune with his values, then he gave freely. He did not get trapped in previous mind chatter: “How will they use my money? What’s in it for me?”
I reflected on where I freely give, and the Ashram came quickly to mind. To see whether it passed my friend’s test, I looked up Our Mission:
We provide yoga and meditation programs and services,
teacher training and a vowed order.
As a conduit of Grace in an ancient yogic lineage,
we serve seekers of Self-Realization.
What a mission to give to — I’m in 100%!
Then I took a few minutes to check “tag lines” at the bottom of the SVA homepage. I read, “Experience how easy it can be to explore the inner depths of your own Beingness.” Opposite this I saw, “Meditate with a Master.” WOW!
The Ashram is available for anyone who is a seeker, no matter their entry point or experience level. Swamiji often talks about the multiplicity of ourselves. With a multiplicity of online Freebies, Lokananda programs, “on the road” programs and more, the Ashram offers so much for any seeker.
By contributing to the Ashram financially, I am not only supporting the organization that opens access to my own Self. I am also giving back to that organization as it supports all seekers. There is no better way for me to give. When I give to our Ashram, wholly devoted to Self-Realization, I support everything I hold dear.
We Svaroopa® Vidya Ashram Board members feel passionately about Our Mission. Together we have pledged to give $22,000 in matching funds. Yes, for every dollar you give, your Board will match it dollar for dollar. I still have a habit of getting excited about “More Bang for Your Buck”! By giving in this April fundraiser, you send your “money energy” to support a mission replete with Grace. You also double the gift through the Board’s matching fund.
I am blessed to give to this Mission and to our community. Thank you for also supporting the Ashram that gives so much.