Namaskar, dear brothers and sisters,
The present condition of our Master Unit is dismal. The basement and the foundation are rotten, the windows are in disrepair, and the roof won’t last much longer. Our expert builder Janak communicates that the building won’t last more than 10-20 years. Senior Acharya, Dada Dayashiilananda, lives there, looks after that property, and maintains its condition despite its steady degradation. Sometimes other Acaryas visit the Master Unit as it is the only property of Ananda Marga in Canada.
Its condition makes it difficult to live in and hold meetings, spiritual programs, and retreats. Consequently, this hampers Baba’s mission in Canada, as an essential strategic point is in danger. We need to restore our Master Unit in Quebec.
To restore basic living conditions, we need to renovate the building. Janak, a professional builder based in Manitoulin Island, and Anand Mohan, an expert architect based in Toronto, have proposed to renovate the building one step at a time. They have estimated that we need approximately $352,000 to do the following:
These steps will happen in sequence to make it easier to progress as the donations come in. Another estimate from a contractor near the Master Unit came to $200,000 for a different scope of work. It includes a thorough renovation of the main building and the cost of the demolition of the kitchen addition. New kitchen addition and a steel roof are not in his estimate.
We need your support. We have created a website where you can choose any amount to donate. Every donation matters immensely. This is a shared project, and if we want to see the bright future for Ananda Marga in Canada, we should support the renovation of the Master Unit Ananda Kanak.
For additional information, please get in touch with Nirmal at 647 864 2428 or Dada Dayashiilananda +1 819-962-6219, or on WhatsApp or Telegram.
Thank you for being so supportive,
Ananda Marga Master Units (MU) provide service to the community and act as the spiritual and social hub of the neighborhood. Amongst the main goals of the Master Units is to achieve self-sustainability in food, clothing, housing, education, and medical, and to encourage research in all of these aspects in an ecological, cooperatively-run project. Those goals require community engagement and cooperation of several people. The first goal will always be to be self-sufficient with food.
Dada Dayashiilananda takes care of the Ananda Kanak Master place, and he receives guests, organizes meditation retreats, and does organic farming. The main crops are carrots, potatoes, beets, corn, a variety of beans, and pumpkins. Every summer on the first weekend of August, Ananda Marga in Canada conducts a summer retreat nearby at the SAJO retreat center.
The Master Unit has 72 acres of land, mostly covered with dense forest and about 4 acres of cultivated land. The house is traditionally built with wooden logs and is more than 150 years old. It can accommodate groups of 5 – 12 people for retreats and weekend programs.
The quiet environment is a perfect setting for going deep into meditation. If you would like to visit Ananda Kanak or enjoy a meditation program there, please contact us, and we will arrange a suitable time. During the coldest winter months (November to April), we shift our activities to Ottawa, Gatineau, and other parts of Canada.