About This Center
The Bhole Baba Center of Cisternino (Brindisi, Apulia, Italy) is a beautiful ashram that has been created in 1979 as first Babaji ashram in the Western world.
Located in the countryside of Valle d’Itria, in Southern Italy (Apulia), a region known for its trulli, the characteristic stone buildings with a conic roof that are also part of the Ashram structure. The Kirtan Hall is hosted in a trullo, as well as the ashram’s dormitories and the kitchen area. The Ashram also features the Dhyana Yogi Dhuni built in 1990, where a sacred fire burns continuously, bridging Skies and Earth: it’s a place of union and meditation, where every day the devotees perform and offer rituals with devotional chants, according to the ancient Veda tradition. Other structures of the Bhole Baba Center, built by devotees over time, include a library, a chai shop, a yoga and meditation room, a book shop, as well as washing, farming and animal care facilities.
Babaji's teaching is universal, respectful of each religious belief. It doesn’t offer a new religion, but the thousands years old science of Yoga, the knowledge of the mind, and the way of the heart. Babaji tradition is one of the mystical and authentic lineages of India's ancient yoga tradition.
The ashram life is a school where to learn to know your own self, and to discover the presence of the Divine within you. It is the perfect setting for our auspicious journey, where there are so much blessing energies of Grace, Bhakti Yoga (devotion) and Karma Yoga (offering each action to the Divine).
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