The HSUK Ashram of five years in Devon has now been successfully sold. Gayatri, who served as caretaker and pujari, with help from Habiba, has moved into her own home near Exeter, where she continues to offer weekly aarati. Meanwhile the HSUK energy has shifted once more, this time involving a wider Babaji community, and currently centred in the Glastonbury area.
The HSUK story has been a long one. It all began with weekly araati in Patsy’s flat in West London in the early eighties, and community building through Babaji events at Gopal Hari and Ambika’s home. We briefly rented a place in Wales, looked after by Jai Shankar, and Goma and Babaji healing tents did Babaji’s outreach work. In 2003 Blaengors farmhouse in remote West Wales became our first proper ashram. After some years, Blaengors was replaced by Haccadown, a cottage with six acres of land in the Devonshire country side near Exeter. Now this also has been sold.
The energy has shifted once more, this time close to the well-known pilgrimage destination Glastonbury, where a large group of Babaji devotees already live. Hari Sudha and Durga Das, who themselves only moved to this area in 2013, have now generously opened their doors to significant HSUK events. On 25th July they hosted a successful AGM with some 30 devotees attending araati and havan in the morning. After lunch, the outgoing chair, Radha Ananda, conducted the meeting and election process which took no longer than 40 minutes – an all time record for the shortest AGM in the history of the British Samaj! HSUK is happy to announce Durga Das as the new Chair and Tabla Tom as Vice Chair, Gaby as Secretary, while Enoch remains as Treasurer. And so a new beginning was marked with a high turnout of devotees (for UK standards), the shortest AGM ever and a vibrant new committee.
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