Hamsa began his spiritual journey when he met his guru A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in 1971. In 1973 he moved to his guru’s ashram in Los Angeles, when he also first met Swami BV Tripurari. Having been inspired by Swami’s work and spiritual mentorship for the past 25 years, he has recently moved to Saragrahi with his wife Yogamaya devi to help in building Swami’s vision for Saragrahi.
Hamsa has spent decades living in Asia, Europe and the US working as a Vedic astrologer, Ayurvedic gem therapist and counselor. Along with his wife he has hosted an equine rescue program on their farm in Florida for the past 10 years. Prior to this he and Yogamaya were based in New Mexico, where they had their Yoga and Ayurveda retreat center outside Santa Fe. Hamsa still works as a Vedic astrologer, writer and spiritual counselor, and with Yogamaya devi is creating a sanctuary for equine therapy, as well as yoga retreats on their newly purchased farm just 10 minutes from Saragrahi.
As a certified minister Hamsa also conducts weddings from doing a traditional western wedding, or modified to a couples’ specifications, to a full Hindu wedding and fire yagya. We will soon be offering complete wedding services, including catering, in conjunction with the Saragrahi staff.
Being equine professionals, as well as immersed in the fields of yoga and Ayurveda for over 30 years, Hamsa and Yogamaya have a vision of developing their property as a mainstay in creating sustainable businesses for Saragrahi community while serving the greater community of Asheville, NC. They have moved their entire operation to Saragrahi, including 14 horses, a few dogs and a menagerie of ducks and geese that will be happily swimming on the private lake on the property for many years to come.