(8 Jan '10)
December 29th, 2009 was an auspicious day in the suburbs of Potomac, Maryland as the doors to the new Ashram opened. The 12,000 square foot house sits on 7.5 scenic and peaceful acres with sprawling green lawns and grand old trees.
Ceremonies began at daybreak with a homa led by Bri. Rema Devi, followed by archana, satsang, bhajans lead by Br. Dayamrita Chaitanya. Ashramites from MA Center of Californina along with hundreds of devotees were present. There was a powerful feeling of excitement, devotion and gratitude to Amma for this Ashram.
Amma first came to the Washington DC area in 1987, when only a very small number of people in the area knew about her. Like bees to honey, the number of her devotees has grown exponentially. Many of the devotees who first met Amma during her 1987 visit felt emotional and blissful seeing this physical manifestation of Amma’s blessings.
Satsang members from near and far celebrated this event with joy and reverence knowing how an Ashram will make a real difference in their lives– a place to gather and pray with unity and love and to serve the world.