Sri Aurobindo Yoga Mandir

The Sri Aurobindo Yoga Mandir is an orphanage and school for children in Kathmandu, Nepal. It was founded in 1993 by Ram Chandra Das, who lived at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram during the 1980's. The following is from a letter by a San Francisco photography student who visited Nepal.


by the Mother
The Sri Aurobindo Yoga Mandir has a five-room house on a small piece of property on the outskirts of Kathmandu. The bottom floor has a prayer room with shrines to Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, and a classroom. Upstairs are three bedrooms. 

Ram Chandra has a quiet and thoughtful demeanor and he is an excellent teacher. The school currently has fifteen children, ages four to twelve, who are eager to learn, intelligent, and very attentive. While I was there we read together, drew alphabets and designs on the chalkboard, and did chores. The children get up early for prayer in the morning, then go off to gather water. Class is until lunchtime and again in the afternoon. In the evening is dinner, then prayers before bed.

Ram Chandra has two needs. The first is getting money for food. Then larger amounts would be useful for repairs of the house, building a volunteer quarter, textbooks, and clothing for the children. He writes: "I am Chandramani Bhusal, but was given the name Ram Chandra Das at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry. In 1975 I left my home for India, where I came into contact with many holy men. In 1983 someone gave me a book by Sri Aurobindo, and within a year I headed for Pondicherry. For the next ten years I lived and studied at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, where I was close to Champaklalji. When he left his body in 1992 I decided to return to Nepal, and then to stay and work in the light of the Mother and Sri Aurobindo."

Questions and donations can be addressed to:

Chandramani Bhusal (Ram Chandra Das), P.O. Box 1993, Kathmandu, Nepal

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