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Mata Anandamayi Tripura Vidyapeeth - See Description for Important Developments

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Published on Apr 21, 2010

UPDATE - Information in this video is no longer current. Shantipuri Friends Foundation is not at all associated with this project anymore.

BACKGROUND - According to recent reports ". . .The Indore Trust that legally runs the Omkareshwar School was grossly misspending the money that was raised both by the non-profit groups in the USA and Austria, and by fund-raising tours of Europe. These funds were very specifically raised only for the children’s education in the Omkareshwar School and Hostel, run by the Omkareshwar Ashram under the guidance of Swami Gurusharanananda. Vast amounts of these dedicated donations were spent on building an ashram at the birthplace of Baba Kedarnath that serves no particular purpose, and the funds going for simply the basic maintenance of the School were cut almost to nothing. Many of the hostel boys, who have received the most special, loving and intense guidance of all, were sent away to allow the funds to be used elsewhere. Several of the School Staff, who have devoted their life to the service of the children were unjustly sent away, and one who openly objected to the unneeded construction at the expense of the School was “sentenced” to a five year exile in a small ashram in the Himalayas. The School was slowly being cut back, first from full 12th Standards to 10th, then back to 8th, with further cuts promised for the future. When a family that was regularly bringing groups from the US on retreats in the ashram gave $5,000 of their own money to construct two more guestrooms for the arriving group, this money was also taken and spent on the new ashram at Baba’s birthplace. The Trust made a resolution that they will not accept any donations that are specified only the Omkareshwar School, saying that any donations can be spent any way they please.

When Swami Gurusharanananda, who founded the School in 2001, and who oversees the Project, complained about this situation to the Indore Trust, he was met with vehement opposition. Now he is being dismissed and sent away from the School and ashram after so many years of dedicated service and labor, as well as seeing the funds he himself raised for the children of the School being spent in a mercenary way. Swamiji and his staff have devoted their entire lives to the service of Ma and the Omkareshwar children, and after years of devoted and flawless service, this is their reward simply for truthfully facing an unethical situation.

Swami Gurusharanananda is being forced to leave Omkareshwar on March 15th, taking with him thirty of the hostel boys that the School has been training for years, and the dedicated Staff that have been with him on the Project. All the foreign financial and moral support is strongly behind him and opposed to this unjust action on the part of the Indore Trust. He will seek new land and begin this educational work again from the beginning. He will first found a small Gurukul. This is a Traditional residential foundation in which the students remain in the atmosphere of the spiritual teachings and learn both secular and spiritual sciences. We will be doing a fundraising drive for building the new campus, and also solicit volunteers for the actual construction of the buildings. A new legal non-profit Trust has been formed with Swami Gurusharananda as the President and Acharya Mangalananda as Vice President and all the Trustees are Staff or connected with the Omkareshwar Project so that in future all donated funds will be exclusively and safely in the hands of the workers of the Project itself, so that this misuse of funds can never again occur.

Please show your strong support and encouragement to this unsung Hero, Swami Gurusharnananda, who stands alone rebuilding a sanctuary for these underprivileged children of Anandamayi Ma in the face of slander and betrayal from the governing body that profited from his labor. see - https://www.facebook.com/groups/89742...
Indore/Omkareshwar website: http://www.SriAnandamayiMaa.org

Hindi Classes and Kirtan: http://www.mangalananda.org

Brief video about Omkareshwar School: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnfE_w...

Sw. Mangalananda--"What is Yoga?": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZ6EqY...

Omkareshwar Bhajans CD available online: http://www.tunecore.com/music/swamima...

Mangalananda interview: "My time with Anandamayi Ma": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-Xde8...

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