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About the Ashram

Sadhana Kendra Ashram is a spiritual centre founded by Shri Chandra Swamiji Udasin in 1990 as a place for sincere and dedicated seekers of Truth to practice spiritual sadhana. It is run by Seekers Trust, a spiritual and charitable organization founded by Swamiji in 1970. Situated on the banks of the holy Yamuna River and surrounded by the Himalayan foothills, the ashram provides a serene and supportive environment for seekers of all faiths to engage themselves in spiritual practice. It is open to all earnest seekers, irrespective of religion, caste or creed, provided they attend all the meditation sessions and abide by the ashram rules.

Smiling SwamijiShri Chandra Swamiji, lovingly called Swamiji or Maharajji by his devotees, is the moving spirit behind all the activities of Sadhana Kendra Ashram, both spiritual and charitable. He has been observing unbroken silence since 1984, yet even so, he is intimately involved in every aspect of ashram life. Having himself traversed the arduous path of spiritual sadhana and attained the highest never-waning experience of the Divine, he guides spiritual seekers according to his own personal experience, and more than anything, by his own living example. He is indeed a rare man of God.

Meditation Hall

Daily and regular practice of meditation is the main activity of the ashram and forms the basis of the daily schedule. Four meditation sessions are held each day throughout the year in the common meditation hall. Shri Chandra Swamiji himself attends the meditation sessions each day and sits with the seekers in silent meditation. Strict attendance at the group meditation sessions is mandatory for all staying in the ashram.

Swamiji and devotees sitting on the terrace during morning satsang
One of the highlights of the ashram daily routine is the one-hour question and answer session (satsang) with Swamiji. Every morning at 11:30 a.m., devotees gather around Swamiji on the open terrace to ask spiritual questions or seek his guidance regarding their spiritual practices. Swamiji writes his answers in a small notebook, which are then read aloud for everyone to hear.
(Recent satsang questions & answers)

Devotees washing dishes

Along with meditation and prayer, seva (selfless service in the name of God) is also an important part of the ashram routine. Swamiji always emphasizes the importance of integral sadhana, in which the energy of action, emotion and knowledge are all sublimated and directed towards the Divine. Therefore, as part of their spiritual practice, seekers staying in the ashram are also required to participate in the daily upkeep of the ashram in various ways, such as cleaning, gardening, chopping vegetables, etc. Those who are fit and able are expected to contribute a minimum of two hours daily to selfless service in addition to attending the four daily meditation sessions.