Deep in the Himalayas of Northeastern India, a Buddhist monk cares for 300+ children.
In 1998 Lama Thupten Phuntsok founded Manjushree Vidyapith School and Orphanage. The orphanage began with just 17 children, and houses, feeds, and educated more than 300. As their numbers grow, so do their needs.
Manjushree Orphanage is one of the most remote orphanages in the world. It is a 2.5 day jeep ride from the nearest airport, and due to snow, the roads are only passable for a few months every year. As a monk, Lama Thupten relies on the goodwill of humanity for support. The orphanage is not receiving sufficient aid. Manjushree is overcrowded and cannot accept all those who need help.
Children are dying of malnutrition, disease, and accidents.
WE CAN HELP THESE BEAUTIFUL SOULS.
IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY.
If you are reading this, most likely you have been given the privilege to have abundant access to education, clean drinking water, shelter, and so much more. We have so much to give, and often I find myself feeling so grateful for what I have, and wondering how I can give more, I find myself questioning why so many children are being born into poverty, war, and abuse, and worse - often times are unheard, unseen, and unsupported by a world that is so abundant and able to help them - and often turns a blind eye to their suffering. I can't live in a state of abundance without giving what I have been blessed with - it is my dharma to inspire and empower a liberated life, and that means touching the hearts and souls of children, the beautiful beings who are incarnations of God. They are our planet's future.
Service is one of the fundamental practices of a yogic lifestyle. "Sat Nam" means "Truth is my Identity" and is the traditional greeting of the Kundalini Yoga tradition, and we've chanted it together if you've attended a class or workshop with me - or perhaps you saw my recent post on one of my most potent Thyroid Yoga classics... Sat Kriya.
Sat Nam Foundation, the generous group who organized Sat Nam Fest, was founded by a committed team of Kundalini Yogis, including the owners, artists, Spirit Voyage and Jai Dev Singh - passionate about service and who wanted to create ways to put the yoga of service in action. This beautiful organization strives to create lasting change to protect the resources of Mother Earth, and to give selflessly to those in greatest need. They have served people and projects in India, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Syrian Refugee Camps in Greece, Nepal, Haiti, the USA, and South Africa. In 2018, their primary focus is providing live-saving access access to clean water and solar lighting to children in India.
If reading this inspires you, here's how you can help Thyroid Yoga’s and teacher Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa's mission to empower the orphanage with autonomous systems of water, food, and clothing as well as to support them with medical needs and infrastructure.
We are looking for sponsors (amazing brands and organizations) who would like to join our mission to empower a movement of soul healing, self-expression and liberation. A portion of proceeds from sponsor donations and the Thyroid Yoga retreat and teacher training profits will be given to the Manjushree Vidyapith School and Orphanage. If you would like to join us or have ideas for conscious brands and leaders who may be aligned with our mission, please reach out to me.
Remember why you came. Be love. Give what you can, and you will be given blessings beyond your wildest imagination.
(Ravi Priya Kaur)