Atma Jyoti Ashram is a small ashram for men in the Anza-Borrego Desert of southern California.
The Ashram is a spiritual institution devoted to the practice and teaching of Sanatana Dharma, the Eternal Religion, as found in the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and the Sankhya Karika.
The ashram is also dedicated to living the traditional Hindu monastic life. The sannyasis (monks) of the ashram are part of the Giri branch of the Swami Order which was founded (or reformed) by the great Non-Dual philosopher Shankara in the third century before Christ.
- The heart of our daily routine is the practice of Om Yoga for four hours each day–three hours in the morning and one hour in the afternoon.
- Renunciation and spiritual discipline are the key characteristics of our ashram and its residents.
- As members of the monastic Shankara Order of India our spiritual cultivation consists of meditation and spiritual study. No ritualistic worship is performed.
- We are vegetarians, never eating meat, fish, eggs, or anything containing them to any degree. We also abstain absolutely from nicotine, alcohol, and mind-altering drugs.
- Each member engages in several hours of assigned work daily except for Sundays and holy days.
- Simplicity of life is pursued as much as is possible in today’s technological world.
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The ashram altar in the meditation shrine.
Lord Nataraj greets visitors as they come to the ashram.
Members of the ashram including the abbot, Swami Nirmalananda (front right), visit Swamis Swahananda (front center), and Sarvadevananda (front left) at the Hollywood Vedanta Society.
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Atma Jyoti Ashram
1482 Rango Way
Borrego Springs, CA 92004
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