Ajatananda Ashram Activities and Schedule

“From now on, and for the rest of my life, until the inevitable moment comes, when I shall breath my very last, my life is to be devoid of any goal, and I shall have nothing to do, inasmuch as the call that brought me to this world has been fully accomplished…!”
Swami Ajatananda, Spiritual Diary, May 1972

Monastics actually have no activities, no mission, no teaching, no ministry. Their call and sole duty is to live for God/the Divine/the Truth in order to know God/the Divine/the Truth, and to share their experience and the blessings of the holy path with all fellow human beings. Their way is only of silence, seclusion, contemplation and realization, for the benefit of the whole.

Therefore, from this very perspective, the community of Ajatananda Ashram being a monastic community, is not focused on running any particular charitable institution or undertaking any regular or systematic activities in the world. Rather, the community is designed for those who are called to follow the path of ‘non-doing’, centred on contemplation through an inner life of silence and solitude (nivritti marga).

Yet, service and charity are rendered towards the poor and the needy through appropriate channels, and programmes may be sometimes organized – like the Annual Interreligious Retreat, teaching sessions led by visiting spiritual masters and hospitality for retreatants. However, the essential purpose of the Ashram is not to engage in activities but to offer a place to monastics and spiritual seekers of different religious traditions, where they can practise sadhana within an interreligious monastic community. The Ashram also offers spiritual guidance to visitors as well as those who are in retreat.

Ashram Schedule

The daily timetable of the Ashram is simply indicative. Though it attempts to promote a way of life that encourages a harmonious rhythm of sadhana and spiritual discipline, it necessitates discerning flexibility. Besides the group meditation sittings (mandatory) and the meal times, it allows each resident to live according to his own spiritual requirements, in conjunction with ashram responsibilities.

5:00 – 6:00 am   Prarthana, yogasanas, pranayama, conscious walk
6:00 – 7:00 am   Dhyana
(common meditation + short reading)
7:30 am   Breakfast
8:00 -  12:00 am   Svadhyaya (spiritual study) and seva
12:30 pm   Lunch
2:00 – 4:00 pm   Svadhyaya or seva
4:00 -  5:30 pm   Satsang
6:00 – 6:45 pm   Dhyana
(common meditation + chanting)
8:00 pm   Dinner
9:00 pm   Silence (observed from
9:00pm to 10:00am)