Sri Aurobindo

Yoga Mandir

Sri Aurobindo

Yoga Mandir 

Organization and Finance

The Spirit

Sri Aurobindo Yoga Mandir is a non-profit organization, founded in 1993 by Swami Ramchandra Das, which wishes to promote and realize the vision of Sri Aurobindo and of Mother in order to elevate life to the best of Human Beings.

In this world where wars, various conflicts, and despair affects a majority of the inhabitants of the planet, this organization tries to inspire those who seek simple happiness and peace. It generously gives what is common to all spiritual and material growth. It is a shelter to walk towards a future of kindness and peace, a universal place where men and women can live and progress in harmony beyond political creeds and nationalities in order to achieve human unity

The Acts

In spring 2020, Sri Aurobindo Yoga Mandir takes care of more than 230 children and young people from underprivileged areas of Nepal by providing them with food, shelter, and education. but above all a dignity and a joy to exist. She guides these children to grow up and become men of values, generous hearts, and Living souls through yoga, meditation, and spiritual values.

The organization covers many activities, in a spirit of autonomy, sustainability, and respect, but also to offer children and young people an environment allowing multi-dimensional learning. It is like a big house, a big loving family, and above all a school where children can receive a rich and varied education which allows them to engage, as adults, in a dignified and respectable life.

The difffrenet structure of Sri Aribindo Yoga Mandir:

  • Ashrams-Schools in Kathmandu and Kolhuwa, in the Southern Plain
  • Ashram- Hermitage in Gulmi, Himalayas
  • Dairy farms and 3 Vegetable farms in organic farming
  • Mill
  • Sewing workshop
  • Incense making workshop
  • Workshop for making pashmina shawls (down from high mountain goats)
  • Cultural Centre
  • Guest-Houses
  • Trekking Agency
  • Himalayan Centre for Ayurvedic and naturopathic treatments and cures
  • Hospital for Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Medicine (under construction)

A Big and Wonderful Family

  • At the beginning of the year 2020, SAYM counts
  • 70 girls and 60 bays 2 to 15 years old
  • 45 young people between 15 and 20 years old
  • 35 adults from 20 to 30 years old
  • 20 adults from 30 to 80 years old

To date, more than 700 children have passed through the organization and have gone on to enter a dignified working life and start a family .

While 25 of them live in Europe or the United States, most are settled in Kathmandu. Some of them have become enthusiastic and highly creative entrepreneurs.

Fathers and Mothers of Ashram

RamChandra Das

For all children Mama

Maternal uncle in Nepali!

Amma

Grandmother of all

Mother of RamChandra

Dhanakala

Mother of all in terai

Ramchandras’s first sister

Dala

Mom of all in Kathmandu

Ramchandra’s second sister

Miscellaneous Responsibilities

Pavita

KTM - Shop,Garden,Market

Dala

KTM - Kitchen-Children

Santoshi

KTM- Guest-House

Veda

KTM -School

NIjan

KTM - Administration & Secretariat

Durga

Terai - Adminstarion & School

Dhanakala

Terai- Agriculture

Ramprasad

Gulmi Administration

Yoga Teachers

Prem

Ramprasad

Santoshi

Sushma

Health Professionals

Binita

Ayurvedic Doctor

Diagnostics,Treatments & Massages

Ramprasad

Ayurveidc Therapist

Treatments & Massages

Sushma

Naturopathy

Treatments & Massages

The Massages

Sudha

Massage

Yamuna

Massage

Sandhya

Massage

Buddhi

Massage

The Artists

Laxman

Painting & Drawing

Bhagirathi

Odissi Dance

Videha

Odissi Dance & Flutte

Mudita

Bharatnatyam

Shanti

Vocal& Harmonium

Sabina

Fashion & Dance

Sudha

Dance

Tejkant

Photo & Video

The DressMakers

Pavita

Sudha

Sabina

Kamala

The Drivers

Prem

Sachchid

Laxman

Tulsi

WHERE DOES THE MONEY COME FROM?

The budget of Sri Aurobindo Yoga Mandir is about two hundred thousand euros per year. This makes, on average, nine hundred euros per person and per year, seventy-five euros per person and per month, for a very simple life, without any superfluous, answering only to the essential. Cows, fields and gardens, charges and maintenance of the premises,etc. everything is included.

Donations represent 10 to 15% of this budget. Everything else is the fruit of our work: milk, vegetables, guest-houses but also solidarity sales – Pashmina, incense, spices, etc. and now the integral yoga retreats.

WHO OWNS THE LAND AND BUILDINGS?

Excerpts from the book « Ramchandra, I'Enfant des Himalayas»

I never thought it was ME who had done all this: the ashrams, the buildings etc. I never thought I was taking care of the children. I have always known that it is the Divine who acts. I do everything I can to serve Him according to his will.

From the age of fifteen, during my initiation of sãdhu, I had the spontaneous impulse to live for the Divine. It was obvious. It was impossible for me to have an ordinary life of family, work and leisure, possessions and material success.

That is why nothing is in my name. Nothing, no property, no purchases. Nothing at all. Everything is in the name of Sri Aurobindo Yoga Mandir. if this whole organization were to collapse, and all the land and buildings were to be sold, everything would go to the government, which would be responsible for looking after the children and my family.

I am very careful with money.

As soon as I have a little bit of it, I use it. We need it everywhere, in every ashram. We also need it for studies in India: there are several young people there who are doing higher education. There are so many needs! And so many things to organize! So many things.

I am doing little by little, step by step, because l don’t have a lot of money.

The first thing is food for all and education.

Then, what is left over, I use it to build, repair, improve. I use money with a lot of conscience. For me, money is a divine force. So l use it very carefully… for good causes.

You see, didn’t have a car. We bought it in 2016. Since the beginning of the ashram, all these years, I used to go to Gulmi by bus and walk. Sometimes I would walk from Thamgas- two days walk – with heavy luggage, lots of things to carry.

It was Laxmi, the first child in the ashram, who insisted, very much, and promised that she would give me the money to buy this car. At this stage, she hasn’t given me the full amount yet, but it’s not very important: I’m sure that one day she will give me the rest.

For a very long time, I didn’t have a bathroom next to my bedroom. When Laxmi saw in India that the gurus had so much comfort, ‘and our Mama has nothing, they didn’t ask me, They consulted between the boys and the girls, the older ones. They decided not to listen to me, and to make a bathroom with toilet next to my room. That’s recent. Otherwise, I was standing in line at the end of the corridor with the children. when it was busy, I would go back to my room. Sometimes I had to wait half an hour before I could get to the toilet. Sometimes I had to say

– Hey, hurry up!

If everything continues according to divine wisdom, all ashrams will continue to live after me, just as the ashram in Pondicherry continues to live without the physical presence of the Mother and Sri Aurobindo.

I have no doubt about this. I know that it will continue. Many young people from the ashram, now adults, have this inner strength of giving and service, and this drive to give everything for the good of all.

Many people give me full responsibility for this work. But I am only an instrument. I realized this in Pondicherry: it is not ME who does it!
God does, the Mother does.

How DID YOU BUILD ALL THIS?

My family helps me a lot. Since our years in the village, several of my brothers and sisters have gone abroad to live. I ask for their help a lot. I also have many friends in India, when I was a Sâdhu and then a monk in the ashram in Pondicherry. Many of them regularly support the organization. There are also many visitors, or people I met abroad. Many give regularly.

It is thanks to all these people that all this has been built.

When we can, we also participate Financiaily in the work and our Karma yoga to aid, from the biggest to the smallest, Is a great help Tor all kinds or Small maintenance and development work. With me, the young adults of the ashram also participate a lot in the construction work. Nothing is done without our presence. You always have to be present to make sure that things are done properly. By dint of helping out, now we know how to build walls and many things by ourselves. Little by little, the young people are learning electricity, plumbing, welding, construction, etc. »