Community of the Many Names of God

Community of the Many Names of God


Name: Community of the Many Names of God
Address: Skandavale, Llanpumsaint, Carmarthen, SA33 6JT
Contact: Brother Andy
Phone: 01559 384 421
Fax: 01559 372 032
Affiliation Multifaith/Hindu
Purpose of Community: 1. To promote for the benefit of the public the public worship of God in his universality in accordance with the spiritual teachings of Krishna as set out in the Bhagavad Gita at the Hindu temple maintained by the Community at Skanda Vale or any other places of public worship maintained or used by the Community2. To advance religion and religious education by propagating to the public the said spiritual teachings about god in his universality.

3. To maintain a community of people living together in accordance with the aforesaid spiritual teachings as a religious community.

4. to relieve poverty of deserving persons and support charitable institutions for the relief of poverty.

5. To relieve the sickness and suffering and to promote the spiritual well-being of persons of all ages requiring palliative specialist and medical care by the provision of home care and hospice care for both day patients and resident patients.

Details Skanda Vale is an ashram located in a remote wooded valley near Carmarthen in West Wales. It is home to the Community of the Many Names of God ­ a group of around 25 monks, nuns and resident lay members.
The Community was founded on pure Sanathana Dharma; the Timeless Consciousness of God, as taught by Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita. We believe that all religions stem from, and merge into the One Reality; God is One, though His forms are many.
We hold six pujas every single day of the year in our three temples. Pujas are lead by the resident monks, who have taken lifetime Franciscan vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.
All meals, accommodation and worship are offered completely free of charge. We depend entirely on Godąs Grace in every aspect of our living, so are funded solely through anonymous, voluntary donations.
We aim to be as self-sufficient as possible, and are completely independent from any religious, charitable, governmental or commercial organisations
Skanda Vale is not an elitist club; we welcome people to join us in worship, whatever their religious or cultural background.
The experience of the Divine at Skanda Vale is tangible, real and very exciting. We show people how to awaken to the true purpose of human life ­ the realisation of God in the silence of the heart.
Facilities: Simple pilgrims’ accommodation – bed, mattress, heating, 3 vegetarian meals (prasad) per day, access to the three temples. There are no charges for any of the facilities at Skanda Vale.
Access: Wheelchair access to the Murugan Temple, transport to other temples, and assistance is offered for access. There is a disabled toilet with shower.
Requirements: Come with an open heart and mind.Click here to download further information Skanda_Vale.doc (32k)
Practical Tips: As above
Suitability: Primary schools/Secondary schools/University students
Further Reading: Saivism in the Diaspora: Contemporary Forms of Skanda Worship
Geaves, R. (2007) London: Equinox, (ch. 10)The Community of the Many Names of God: Sampradaya Construction in a Global Diaspora or New Religious Movement?
Geaves, R. (2007) Religions of South Asia. 1 (1)The Bhagavad-Gita
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