The message of Christ should be incarnated. Towards
this we propose inculcation of Indian spiritual and cultural values
in Christian life, and living of the Gospel-values in an indigenous
pattern. In other words to look at the 'Good News' from an Indian
point of view.
To facilitate this we have established an Ashram
to hold important programmes such as Indian Christian Spiritual
Experience (ICSE), Indian Spirituality Course, Yoga Sadhana, Sanyasa
and Religious life retreats etc. ICSE is a 9-days course geared
to launching an inward journey into self through meditation, reflection
and prayer. Reflections on various Indian Biblical themes help the
participants go deeper into self, God and mysteries of life.
One of the vibrant centers of IMS in Varanasi is
Matridham Ashram. 'Matridham' means 'the abode of Mother'. It is
a center for spirituality and contemplation in a very special way
it is a center for Indo-Christian spiritual experience. The Ashram
is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Ashram is open to all
genuine 'Seekers' irrespective of caste and creed. It is a Place
of Sadhana (contemplation). The luxurious vegetation around, the
birds and animals all moving around in a very homely manner are
a great help for the 'Seekers' as nature has ever been a source
of inspiration for those who seek the Lord. Matridham Ashram is
an open house for all.
The whole community whole-heartedly welcomes all
people of 'Goodwill' be they Priests, Bishops, laity, people of
any faith, poor, rich or sick. All find place in Ashram. The simple
huts carefully placed between the green lush trees together with
the numberless birds including dozens of peacocks create a very
attractive setting where every visitor feels at home. The three
'Sandhyas' and the liturgy of the day celebrated in an Indian style
is found to be quite intelligible and meaningful to the visitors.
The strict vegetarianism, simplicity of life and inculturation in
all aspects of life make the Ashram and ashramites accessible to
the seekers who hardly feel, threatened culturally in the ashram
premise. Every member of Ashram-family strives to live an ashram-life
and so render services to the seekers at various levels.
The Ashram engages itself chiefly in three activities.
1. Promotion of Indian Christian Spirituality
2. Sharing of faith and Spiritual renewal programmes for laity.
3. Psycho-spiritual animation to seekers
4. Promotes inter-religious dialogue.
The Ashram conduct more than a dozen of such programmes every year.
The daily schedule include the three 'Sandhyas' (Oblation to the
Triune God, morning, noon and evening) followed by guided meditation
leading to contemplation. Discourses and practices of Yogasanas
are part of the ashram programme.