The Bhaktivedanta Ashram Catskill Mountains New York
The Bhaktivedanta Ashram Catskill Mountains New York is a nonprofit organization dedicated to spreading bhakti yoga according to the Vaishnava Gaudiya tradition. It is based on the teachings of Lord Krishna, the Supreme Divine Individuality, in the Bhagavad Gita and inspired by Lord Chaitanya’s movement. God incarnated as Lord Chaitanya at the end of the 15th century, reviving the profound monotheistic theology of bhakti yoga by emphasizing congregational chanting of the Maha Mantra.
The Bhaktivedanta Ashram Catskill Mountains New York was founded in 2003 by His Holiness Bhaktivedanta Ramakrishnananda Swami Maharaja, who was inspired by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, founder-acharya of ISKCON, and followed the orders of his spiritual masters, His Divine Grace B. A. Swami Paramādvaitī Mahārāja and His Divine Grace Gurudev Atulānanda Dāsa Acharya. In addition, the organization has the blessings of His Holiness Narahari Dāsa Bābājī Mahārāja, His Holiness Tamāla Kṛṣṇa Gosvāmī, His Holiness Śrīpad Bhakti Śrīrūpa Radhānti Mahārāja, founder of the Sri Chaitanya Saraswati Math, and His Holiness Bhakti-amrit Nṛsiṅgha Gosvāmī Mahārāja, founder of Vishwa Dharma Mandalam.
The ashram offers an ideal environment for sadhana, or “spiritual practice,” such as worship, meditation, and pranayama. In addition, different classes such as hatha yoga, sacred scriptures, Sanskrit, etc., are offered regularly.
Many visitors spend their vacations at the ashram, where they study Prabhuji’s teachings and put them into practice. These experiences lead them to live with greater attention, clarity, joy, and relaxation.
The Bhaktivedantashram, spread over 47 acres of forest and picturesque creeks, is home to different species of birds. This rural area, with its clean air, serves as a natural refuge for a wide variety of flora and fauna.
The paradisiacal landscape resembles the retreats of ancient Hindu sages and provides the ideal condition for meditation and revitalization, as well as to reconnect to Divinity and delve into the teachings of bhakti yoga according to the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition.
Hundreds of visitors, from different parts of the world, come every year to attend a variety of weekend workshops, special seminars, retreats, conferences, and darshans in the presence of Prabhuji.