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Ashram Guidelines

You are requested to read the following Guidelines before visiting Swami Atmachaithanya in Kerala. The full version of these Guidelines can be obtained by going to the ‘Contact’ area of this website, and then to the ‘Send Us a Message’ section.  You will also be given a copy  on arrival in the Ashram. Please ensure that you read this. All visitors are respectfully asked to behave in a disciplined manner during their stay in the Ashram.

ON ARRIVAL AT THE ASHRAM:

  • SHOES – Please remove your shoes and wash your feet at the outside taps.
  • REGISTRATIONAll visitors to the Ashram must record their contact and passport details on the day of arrival. This is required by the local police.

WHILST AT THE ASHRAM:

  • TOILETSUnder no circumstances may toilet paper be used as drains will block.
  • CIGARETTES & ALCOHOL – These must not be consumed during your stay in the Ashram or brought onto the premises. Please also do not bring eggs, meat and fish into the Ashram.
  • Flower remedies or other medicines preserved in alcohol are permitted.
  • CLEANING THE ASHRAM – As part of seva it is expected that you will be responsible for cleaning your room, and share the cleaning of common areas e.g. bathroom, toilet, stairs, kitchen, with other visitors staying in the Ashram. WASHING-UP – Also share in the cleaning-up after meals and be responsible for washing your own plate and cup.
  • DRESS – This should be modest and simple, with no unnecessary jewellery, make-up or perfume/after-shave. Shorts are inappropriate dress for both men and women. Women need to be especially vigilant, ensuring that underwear is not showing through thin clothes. Indian suits (salowar, chemise) are available in many Indian shops in Western countries.
  • ELECTRICITY – Be economical. ALWAYS TURN OFF THE FAN AND LIGHT IN YOUR ROOM WHEN NOT NEEDED. Take a torch as there are occasional power cuts.
  • HOLY SHRINES AT THE ASHRAM – These are endowed with powerful energy and should be treated with respect.
  • NECESSITIES OF MODERN LIFE – Manufactured products which have become ‘necessities’ of modern life are often superfluous in the Ashram. As there is no refuse collection, all inorganic waste has to be burnt. Out of consideration for the environment and for the people who live in the Ashram, please think carefully when you pack your suitcase.
  • SHOWERS & CLEAN CLOTHES – On rising in the morning have a shower and wear clean clothes before doing any spiritual sadhana, or eating breakfast.
  • WATER – PLEASE DO NOT WASTE WATER OR LEAVE TAPS RUNNING WHILE DOING WASHING-UP.

ON LEAVING THE ASHRAM:

  • Please take your used bed-linen to the appropriate place and leave your room as you would like to find it – clean, tidy and empty of rubbish.

MORNING PROGRAMME:

  • 5.30 am Wake up and shower
  • 6.20 Puja – prayer, spiritual sadhana
  • Breakfast
  • Seva – Support any work that needs to be done in the ashram
  • Join Swamiji for his teachings