While being a place of contemplation, meditation and spiritual thought, the Aum Pranava Ashram is also (and unmistakably :)) 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, an Old-Age Home and a cowshed (which will be referred to as Goshala henceforth) with more than 50 cattle family members. 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. 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.
The Aum Pranava Ashram Old-Age Home was 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. The problems for elders from economically challenged layers of society to find a secure place in the social web increase day by day - the demand for places in old-age homes is very high.
The Aum Pranava Ashram Goshala (cowshed) feeds more than 50 cattle family members.
Since time immemorial, India - having previously been a largely vegetarian society - the cow has been considered a precious member in man's environment. 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.