The Sri Brahmananda Sarasvati ashram is located in the Banana Belt of San Francisco, one of the sunniest neighborhoods in an area th at is still home to the rough and tough part of SF, but currently it is on the verge of gentrification and change. It is fitting that the house that houses the ashram is an old yellow Victorian on one of the only streets in SF lined with large trees.
The ashram is an exciting and challenging place to spend your time. Bringing spiritual practices into your own life isn’t so complex, but put yourself in a community with 10 other people, 10 other ideas of how things should be, and you will easily see the challenges. Entering into a spiritual community where the main light, the Guru, has passed on is challenging in itself as well. No matter how much I read or learn from GuruJi I continue to ask myself, who is this man, how did he come to be the person he is, there is only so much you can grasp from his writings and voice recordings. Perhaps I need to get some video of Guru to start to fill in the pieces, the questions that surround him. Perhaps I should listen to his answers more closely, when I randomly find myself asking him what he would do.....