The Aum Pranava Ashram is a place of contemplation, meditation & Yoga, as well as spiritual thought. It is also (and unmistakably so :)) a place of social activities throbbing with life. Children, elders, caretakers, staff members, gardeners, a very busy kitchen, volunteers from all over the world, cows, dogs, squirrels, crows and peacocks, etc. .... :) - all of them will make you feel the life, love and care prevalent in this place, where around 100 people have their permanent residency.
The ashram accommodates a Children's Home and takes care of elders who are looking for a peaceful life and support. A cowshed (which will be referred to as Goshala henceforth) with 50 cattle family members also belongs to the list of the ashram activities. Over all these years, since the Aum Pranava Ashram's inception on 23 November 1996, we have given utmost importance to maintain a family-like atmosphere in our place, keeping the children happy and content and providing them with a warm, caring home. Children, elders, volunteers and staff members, as well as animals, all are treated like family members rather than anonymous 'inmates' in an institution.
Since its beginning in 1996, this ashram has dedicated itself largely to the healthy growth and personal development of needy and disadvantaged children/orphans. The Aum Pranava Ashram Children's Home shelters orphans and children from broken families or economically very poor environment or both. Healthy food and nutrition, school education and sponsorship for colleges or vocational institutions form part of our regular help for the children growing up in the ashram's peaceful and protective environment.
Protecting elders from being abandoned or saving them from the street has started in June 2003, when the founders decided to take up two abandoned old men from the streets into the ashram's fold and care.
Traditional family structures are rapidly splitting up in India as well. Elderly people from economically challenged groups of society face increasingly harsh conditions. The demand for secure places in old-age homes is very high.
The Aum Pranava Ashram Goshala (cowshed) feeds more than 60 cattle family members.
Since time immemorial, India was known for its reverential attitude towards cows. The Holy Cow was a precious member in man's surrounding, which has been largely vegetarian. The present situation in India can hardly be more remote from this utopian image of the holy cow.
We would like to tell you why the cow was considered such a valuable asset to man's environment and what we do to protect the cows.