15 a Victoria Road, London, NW6 6SX
Tel.0207 328 3314
The RMF UK provides a centre or focal point for devotees of Sri Ramana Maharshi in the United Kingdom as well as for visitors from abroad. Meetings (Satsangs) are held twice in every month at The Friends Meeting House, Hampstead, London NW3 1DR. All who are interested in the Maharshi’s Teachings are welcome to attend without seeking permission or booking beforehand. Other activities include Meditation and Study Groups which are held in members’ homes. Please note that there is no Ashram, nor does the Foundation have its own premises which means, regrettably, that are we unable to provide accommodation for visitors.
Satsang with Francis Bennett on 30 July 2016
“My Journey with Jesus, Buddha and Ramana Maharishi"
Francis Bennett was a Roman Catholic Trappist monk for many years. Influenced by Thomas Merton at the start of his journey, Francis followed a path of intense study into other spiritual traditions and philosophies. He had been aware of Ramana Marharshi, without knowing who he was, from a picture he’d seen of him, but it was after coming across the book “Who Am I?”, which contains the essence of Ramana’s teachings, that Francis opened up to another dimension in his own journey.
The Satsang will be held at 2 pm on Saturday 30 July in the Friends Meeting House, 120 Heath Street, Hampstead NW3 1DR (see map)
The RMF UK meets on the second Saturday of each month for Satsangs which last from 1.30 to 5.30 pm at The Friends Meeting House, 120 Heath Street, Hampstead, London NW3 1DR. Each Satsang has a theme. After an opening mantra and ‘Om’, a brief introduction is given to the theme (the themes for the Satsangs are published in the Newsletter). This is followed by periods of silence which alternate with readings relevant to the theme, a mixture of bhakti (devotion) and jnana (Self-knowledge). We break for tea from about 3.30 to 4.30 pm and this is followed by an open discussion. The meetings conclude with a bhajan and closing mantra at about 5.30 pm.
As well as the main monthly Satsangs, Additional Satsangs are held on the last Saturday of each month at 2 pm in the Library upstairs in the Friends Meeting House. The emphasis at these Additional Satsangs is on Devotion and they are less formal than the main Satsangs.
The nearest Underground Station is Hampstead on the Northern Line: turn right out of the Station & then immediately right again into Heath Street. The FMH is about 5 minutes walk up Heath Street, past a Church on the right-hand-side, past New End, past Elm Row, and then the Friends Meeting House, also on the right, has a black, arched entrance under a yew tree. NB It is very difficult to find car parking space anywhere near the Friends Meeting House and the parking wardens are very keen.
A Meditation Group meets at 6.45 pm on Thursday evenings at 15a Victoria Road Kilburn London NW6 6SX which finishes at 9 pm. The nearest Main line train stations are at Kilburn High Road (for trains from Euston) and Brondesbury on the North London Line. The nearest Underground stations are at Kilburn on the Jubilee Line and Kilburn Park on the Bakerloo Line. There are no car parking restrictions after 6.30 pm.
A Study Group meets fortnightly on alternate Tuesday evenings, to continue going through the Core Texts. We are currently going through 'Maha Yoga’, Lakshmana Sarma’s commentary on the Forty Verses. Numbers are limited, however, as the meetings take place in a private home. Anyone who is interested is therefore asked to contact Alasdair in the first place on 020 7328 3314 or Aldia@waitrose.com.
Books and Literature
Some Ramana Maharshi literature and books are available for purchase out of a small selection on display at the Satsangs.
A Newsletter is published (and sent out wherever possible by email) three times a year (Spring, Summer and Autumn).
The annual subscription (which entitles you to receive 3 Newsletters annually) is £15; overseas £17 (or USD 26). Please add £5 if not in sterling. Remittances should be payable to 'Sri Ramana Foundation' and sent to Ken Maskey, 77 Leybourne Road, London E11 3BS giving your full name and address, phone number & email address if any.
MOUNTAIN PATH SUBSCRIPTIONS can now be paid directly via the portal at http://worldstore.sriramanamaharshi.org
The RMF UK now has a Page on Face Book.
Alan Jacobs also has a Page on Face Book especially designed for those practicing the teaching: Alan Jacobs Advaita Vedanta
There are many websites that contain information about the teaching. The principal of these is Sri Ramanasramam.
There are a number of E-Groups that discuss the teaching of Ramana Maharshi. In particular, the RamanaMaharshi group can be recommended. For those seriously wishing to pursue the technique of Self Enquiry, there is also a specialist group at Harsha Satsangh.
YogaLiving, a non-residential Spiritual Community based in the South West, is dedicated to living the teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi and the practice of Atma Vichara in everyday life. A full programme of satsangs, retreats, talks, days and events is available at www.yogaliving.co.uk
Satsangs are held by Nandini Bishop in Glastonbury. For further information please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Initial enquiries regarding the work of the Ramana Maharshi Foundation UK should be made to Alasdair Black Tel.+44 (0)020 7328 3314 or email Aldia@waitrose.com.
The chairman, Alasdair Black, may be contacted via the above telephone number or, for any questions relating to the organisation, via email. Alan Jacobs is the elected President.
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