HFS Mission Statement
The Hanuman Fellowship, inspired by the teachings of Baba Hari Dass, is dedicated to the principles and practices of yoga.
By means of Sadhana (spiritual practice), Karma Yoga (selfless service), and Satsang (supportive community), we aspire to create an environment for the attainment of peace.
The Hanuman Fellowship was founded in 1974 by a group of some 250 people united by the common practice of Ashtanga Yoga as taught by Baba Hari Dass. The Fellowship sponsors Mount Madonna Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences, Pacific Cultural Center, and a wide range of activities, retail businesses, and community services. It is a tax-exempt, non-profit corporation, governed by an annually-elected 10-member board of directors, and funded by its general membership, private donations, and self-generated revenue.
The Fellowship has, at its heart, a main aim: to foster the search by each person to find peace. The name Hanuman is borrowed from the legendary hero of the Ramayana. In this timeless story from the heart of Eastern mythology, Hanuman symbolizes selfless service and devotion as paths by which any sincere seeker can find the peace that exists in each of us.
The Fellowship, through its many projects and activities, attempts to create opportunities for individuals to express their diverse talents and energies, to offer service, to obtain right livelihood, and to develop positive qualities.
The foundation of the Hanuman Fellowship is its members, who elect the Board of Directors annually and thus have final authority in the management and direction of all Fellowship activities. Our members also provide financial support to our activities, but most importantly, membership is a way all of us can be included and can support the work of maintaining and developing the programs and facilities for the larger group.
General Membership in the Hanuman Fellowship has been kept inexpensive to encourage people to join, regardless of economic circumstances. For those who wish to make a larger commitment of time and money to help carry the project, there are the categories of Sponsor and Life Members.
While the majority of our members and Center residents are students of Baba Hari Dass and practice yoga, we welcome anyone into our membership who shares our goals of inner peace, service, and positive personal development, regardless of their spiritual practice or source of inspiration.
Each year in Spring the Fellowship holds a general meeting, an opportunity for reports, discussion, and reflection on our goals and directions. It is also a time when members can raise questions or concerns, catch up on events, and get a sense of where the Fellowship and Center are going. Finally, the Annual Meeting is a time of renewal when the membership elects the Board of Directors and President and charges them with the responsibility of carrying on the affairs of the Fellowship for the following year.