It is time for Retreat in UAE

(Written by one of the satsangi who has been kind enough to share tips)

 It is time for a retreat in UAE! 

I have attended many retreats and yet, each time has me excited! I happen to meet a satsangi who is new and was curious about what to expect. I promised to share my experience and here it is.

Retreat means getting away from the normal routine. It is usually in a location away from the crowd and close to some natural surroundings.

 In case of this year’s UAE Retreat, we arrive and settle in on 30th Jan and retreat starts on 31st Jan. We reach the venue according to the plan and retreat starts officially next day morning.

30 Jan is the day of informal satsang with Master. Being around him, listening to him as we sip a cup of tea or sitting outdoors is fun.

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Many participants have known each other for years and for others it may be the first time at a retreat. We include those who seem new or a little lost. The first time can be intimidating, especially if those around you seem to know each other and you feel rather alone. Don’t hesitate, join them.


Housing is always about sharing space. If you find yourself assigned to living quarters with complete strangers, welcome it as an opportunity to learn another point of view or have a different experience. It is only for a short time anyway and you will miss it later.

Consciously spend a few days living for others and not yourself. Make the groups comfort your priority. It is great training and practice for leading a more compassionate life.

Clean up diligently after yourself, especially ensuring that you leave the bathroom as you would like to find it.

Come prepared with warm clothing. Days should be pleasant but early morning, evenings & nights are cold. Bring a towel, or two, and your toiletries including shampoo and soap. The hotel will provide supplies but we are going to be 6 sharing a villa meant for 4. If anything has been forgotten, between all those sharing a villa it will hopefully be covered!

Be on time for all activities. As much as you can, be a part of all that is planned for the day. A typical day begins early and would have the following activities:

6:00 am Yoga
6:30 am Meditation
7:00 am Walk
8:00 am Breakfast
9:00 am Satsang
10:30 am Tea Break
11:00 am One to One with Master
12:30 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Rest
4:00 pm Tea
4:30 pm One to One with Master
6:00 pm Meditation
6:30 pm Bhajans
7:30 pm Dinner

 This is general guideline. Specific plan will be shared while in the retreat.

Our retreat schedule has a lot of time spent in meditation and contemplation, particularly when One to One Meetings are going on. ”Quiet“ is an enjoyable experience of togetherness in silence, feeling the warmth of company without constant conversation. Someone told me once, for the Engineer to work on a machine, it has to be idle. He cannot repair a running machine. You get the hint, don’t you?


We sometimes go and sit outdoors for meditation, on the beach and once in the desert. At this retreat, we are close to a mountain called Jabel Hafeet. Who knows, we may go up this time! Jabel Hafeet is 1249 meters (4098 ft) high & offers impressive view of vastness. There are some beautiful spots from where one can witness sun rise or sunset. I feel it would a good place to meditate once.


Each one of us will leave having learnt something. With work and Grace, those lessons will help us become better individuals…..

 More kind, more truthful.


Guru Ji with Bal Gopal

with children

“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” ― Albert Einstein

Young minds ask questions. Let your child ask his/ her questions to our beloved Master Sri M. Give your child an opportunity to connect & grow.

When : 4th February 2014
When : 4:30 pm – Doors will close strictly 4:45 pm.

Venue: The party hall , Mezzanine Floor, Al Maskan building, Karama. Location map will be available soon on

For more information, please contact:

Jayasree   +971 50 421 5195
Pratibha +971 50 632 0370

This is an interactive session. Parents are not participating in this event. If meeting Master is important for you, it is equally important for your child. Please be on time.

Spirituality for You & Me

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Public Talk on  Spirituality for You & Me


Date: Tuesday, 4th February 2014

Venue: Swagath International, Party Hall, Ansar Gallery, (Old Strand Cinema Location), Dubai.

Parking is available in the basement too.

Program starts at 6:30 pm.

You all are cordially invited to join us and sit close to the “Apprentice to the Himalayan Master”.


Maha Shivarathri-2014 at Madanapalle

Maha Shivarathri-2014 at Madanapalle

Posted: 17 Jan 2014 03:53 AM PST

Sri Gurubhyo Namaha !

The Maha Shivarathiri celebrations are scheduled on Thursday, 27th February, 2014

All are welcome to be in the benign presence of Sri M.

Registrations start on  Saturday the 18th January and ends on Monday the 10th February 2014

Program details will be announced later along with all other relevant information.

Venue : The Satsang Foundation Campus, Madanapalle

Participation fee per person

Option A [Without accommodation]- Rs.1000/- Includes Vegetarian food comprising of Lunch, Tiffin with Tea [evening] & Dinner [ midnight] on 27th February [Thursday] AND  morning tea , Breakfast with tea on 28th February [Friday]

Option B-[With accommodation] Rs.1250/- Includes everything under Option A above and dormitory accommodation [Classrooms converted into Dorms] at venue on Thursday, 27th February, 2014- one night only

One of the above registrations is necessary for participating in the Maha Shivarathiri Celebrations.

In case you want your driver to be served food at the venue, kindly register him in Option A. Option B is not available for drivers due to limited availability of dorms.

Accommodation at Venue

Dormitory accommodation is provided in Satsang Vidyalaya classrooms

ACCOMODATION AT THE VENUE OPENS ONLY on 27th February [Thursday] morning and is upto 28th February [Friday] morning only.

One mattress and two bed sheets per participant will be provided. Kindly bring air-pillow and mosquito repellent. Separate common Toilets/Baths provided for Women  and  Men


Kindly register by sending following details [separately for each participant/driver] to

Registration Form

Name :

Age :Gender :Address :Mobile number :E-mail :Check –in date/timeCheck-out date/timeLunch on 27th Yes/NoEvening Tiffin on 27th Yes/ NoDinner on 27th Yes/ NoBreakfast on 28th Yes/NoRegistration fee applicable  as per Option A or B above : Rs._____Vehicle number [if possible]Are you a Doctor? Yes/NoContact Name/Phone number of person to be contacted In C

Token numbers

Upon receipt of above information you will be sent a pre-registration token number [One number per person]. Your final token number will be intimated upon receipt of your participation fee.

Option B- First-come-first-booked

Only 125 persons can be accommodated at venue and hence Option Bbookings will be on a first-come-first-booked basis . The next 25 persons [choosing option B] will be  wait listed

Wait listed participants

Wait-listed participants will be notified with a wait list token number and will have to make participation fee  applicable to Option A and register themselves under the wait listed category.In case they are confirmed, they can make balance payment [as applicable to Option B]during Check-in on 27-02-2014.If they are not confirmed, they will automatically come under Option A and are requested to make their own arrangements for stay.

The status of wait-listed participants will be confirmed as and when there is a cancellation and as per their priority in the waiting list

Participation fee payment

You have to make the participation fee after you receive your pre-registration token number

Demand Drafts [payable at Bangalore] or AT PAR cheques in favour of “ The Satsang Foundation” to be sent to

Mahesh T Ramadass


73,Geetha Hall Road,


Tamil Nadu

Last date for receiving Registration fee is 10-02-2014 [Monday].

Your final token number will be sent upon receipt of Participation Fee.

NO cash deposits are allowed

No Spot Registrations

There is no limit on the number of participants [Option A] who are making their own arrangements for stay. But you will have to registerin advance [before 10-02-2014] for the Shivarathiri celebrations under one of the options mentioned above and you will be given a token number. The entire food is being prepared in a different location based on confirmed participants/registrations and transported to the venue. Hence, NO SPOT REGISTRATIONS at venue PLEASE.


There is no refund of your Participation fee in case of cancellations. But do inform us in case you are unable to come so that we may allot your dorm accommodation [in case you have been allotted a dorm] to those in the wait list. This information/intimation will also help in avoiding wastage of food.


Check-in starts at 10.00 A.M on 27th February 2014 at the venue

Your welcome kit containing your food coupons & accommodation details [for those choosing Option B] will be given upon Check-in.Your indication of food in Registration Form will determine the food coupons that you will get in the welcome kit

Kindly feel free to contact for any assistance .

You may contact [if necessary] – Mahesh T Ramadass at- 0 98430 77000[9 A.M to 6 P.M].

Hotels in Madanapale

For those who cannot be accommodated at Venue [Option A], a list of Hotels in Madanapale is given below. All rates are inclusive of taxes.

The following information on Hotels/Lodges is only suggestive in nature and does not assure or ratify the facilities and standards of the hotels\lodging establishments. The decision to stay in any hotel/lodge is entirely that of the participant.

1]. SREE KRISHNA RESIDENCY, [opp to Canara Bank], Patel road, Madanapalle.

Telephone : [08571]-224722, 220055, Mobile — 09849223535.

Family Suite A/C-      Rs: 1428/-

Family Suite non A/C-Rs: 953/-

Double bed A/C-        Rs: 1143/-

Double bed non A/C-  Rs: 600/-

No extra bed available

2] S V Residence, Patel Road, [ opp to Canara Bank], Madanapalle.

Telephone : [08571] 220304. Mobile – 09441264499 , 9441864499 . E-Mail

Suite  A/C                           Rs.1500/-

Double bed A/c                    Rs.800/-

Double bed non A/C             Rs.500/-

No extra bed available

3]. BHAVANI RESIDENCY, Bhavani Towers , N T R Circle, Madanapalle.

Telephone  [08571] 228885-Fax -228886. Mobile – 0 77994 64835


Royal Suite A/c                   Rs.1500/-

Executive Suite A/C             Rs.1200/-

Double bed A/C                   Rs.1,000/-

Double bed non A/C             Rs.600/-

Extra Bed                           Rs.100/- [only eight extra beds available]

4] HOTEL DESAI, Near RTC Bus Stand, Madanapalle.

Telephone : 08571-225198, 08571-220543

Double bed A/C         Rs: 1100/-

Family Suite non A/C    Rs:750/-

Double bed non A/c      Rs:500/-

Single bed non A/C       Rs:300/-

No extra bed

5] CHAITANYA RESIDENCY, #14-64, CTM Road, Madanapalle

Telephone : 08571-220199, 08571-224800.

Double bed A/C        Rs: 1100/-

Double bed non A/C  Rs : 700/-

No extra bed

6] N V Residency. NTR Circle,Kadri Road, Madanapalle.

Telephone [08571] 224102 . E-mail

Executive Suite A/C   Rs.1199/-

Double bed A/C        Rs.1049/-

Single bed A/c           Rs.849/-

Double bed non A/c   Rs.599/-

Single bed non A/c     Rs.450/-

No extra bed

7]HOTEL GANESH ,C.T.M.Road, Near RTC Bus stand, Madanapalle.

Phone No : 08571- 222102, 224982.

Triple bed A/c          Rs.1000/-

Double bed non A/c  Rs.500/-

Four bed non A/c     Rs.900/-

Single bed non A/c   Rs.300/-

No extra bed

8]HOTEL ROJA DELUX , C.T.M.Road, Near RTC Bus stand,Madanapalle.

Phone No : 08571- 220643, 228295.

Double bed A/C           Rs.900/-

Double bed non A/C    Rs.400/-

Extra bed                   Rs.100/-

9) ANAND LODGE ,C.T.M.Road, Near RTC Bus stand,Madanapalle

Phone No : 08571- 226866, 226846

Double A/C                   Rs.1200/-

Double bed non A/C      Rs.600/-

Triple bed non A/C        Rs.800/-

Five bed non A/C          Rs.900/-

Six bed non A/C            Rs.1200/-

No extra bed
Note : In this lodge, rooms that can accommodate 10 to 12 persons also available.

10) SRI SRINIVASA LODGE ,1 st Floor, C.T.M.Road, Near RTC Bus stand,
Madanapalle.Phone No : 08571- 228022, 228023.

Double bed A/C             Rs.850/-

Double bed non A/c       Rs.450/-

Triple bed A/C              Rs.1050/-

No extra bed

Madanapalle.Phone No : 08571-221222

Triple bed A/C       Rs.900/-

Triple bed non A/c Rs.600/-

No extra bed

12]PRAKASH LODGE ,C.T.M.Road, Near RTC Bus stand,Madanapalle
Phone No: 08571- 223089, 0-99662 55055

Triple bed A/C       Rs.1200/-

Triple bed non A/c Rs.800/-

No extra bed

13]Vijayalakshmi LODGE ,Madanapalle
Phone No: 08571- 226005

Double bed A/c        Rs.800/-

Double bed non A/c  Rs.500/-

Triple bed A/c           Rs.1000/-

Triple bed non A/C    Rs.750/-

Extra bed A/c            Rs.150/-

Extra bed non A/C     Rs.100/-

No extra bed

We suggest that you do not rely on e-mail communications for reservations with hotels. The best option is to inquire room availability at Hotel by telephone; send payment in advance and confirm it by telephone again. There is bound to be heavy rush and you are requested to make reservations at the earliest.

Sri M Said…

When all the ‘maya‘ or ‘delusion’ has been cleared; when all the agitations of the mind are cleared, then it is the true essence…what remains is complete happiness, the Truth, which is known as theBrahman. Now this is the teaching of the Upanishad.

Nature of Things


monks at the river

Two monks were washing their bowls in the river when they noticed a scorpion that was drowning. One monk immediately scooped it up and set it upon the bank. In the process he was stung. He went back to washing his bowl and again the scorpion fell in. The monk saved the scorpion and was again stung.

The other monk asked him, “Friend, why do you continue to save the scorpion when you know it’s nature is to sting?”

“Because,” the monk replied, “to save it is my nature.”

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I am delighted to share video of my Teacher, Guide &  Friend Sri M. The interview was conducted by Ted Henry & Jody Cleary and is a must watch video.

“The amazing first person accounts of Sri M, guru to many and author of what’s said to be among India’s fastest selling book on spirituality, “Apprenticed to a Himalayan Master: A Yogi’s Autobiography”.

Sri M lives in the ashram he created in Madanapalle, India. Born into a Muslim family as, Mumtaz Ali Khan, Sri M is considered to be one of India’s leading contemporary mystics. As a young man, Sri M lived for several years high in the Himalayan mountains with his teacher, Sri Maheshwarnath Babaji who in turn was the disciple of Mahavatar Babaji.

In this interview, Sri M tells of meeting in person, Shirdi Sai Baba, Mahavatar Babaji, serpent spiritual beings fro another galaxy and many others…

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