Our Long-term Goals
As we have approached this massive project, we have decided to address the project in three progressive stages:
1) Restoration and Repair:
To make the property safe for us to use, we must address many issues with the old buildings. There are issues of deterioration which cause concern for health and safety. Lead paint chipping from the walls, deteriorating foundations and frames, structural problems, and moisture issues are among the dozens of concerns which we are addressing in this stage. We are first working to get the buildings safe to use and updating them to a modern standard of living, while striving to preserve the historic integrity of the property. The historic property is a beautiful one, and when we complete our renovations, we hope to be able to welcome the public to enjoy the space.
2) Zoning and Legal Considerations:
Zoning restrictions are stricter here than in Henrico county where we were previously teaching and hosting events. Some of the services that we offer are permitted by the county for our agricultural zoning. Growing and processing and selling herbs, obviously are permitted. Private prayer services and Ayurveda services, also are permitted as a home-based occupation. Public classes or teachings of any kind and public prayer services, however require a permit or rezoning from the county. In order to attain this, we must get formally established as a not-for-profit organization and apply to the county for a conditional use permit. Our neighbors have been kind and helpful to us, and we do not wish for our work here to be a disturbance to the quiet rural community. We wish to address any concerns they may have about our changes to the property in the hopes of maintaining a quiet and peaceful atmosphere that causes no disturbance to our neighbors. If our efforts are aimed to promote the peace and happiness of the people, it is important that we start at home by gaining the approval of those close by.
Once our plans are approved by the community and County, we will have to make several alterations to the property to allow for commercial use. Improvements must be made to the 1/4 mile driveway, which also address water runoff issues. Handicapped parking with lighting and a handicapped accessible bathroom must be added. The historic buildings do not lend themselves well to handicapped accessibility. There are too many steep steps, low and thin doors, low ceilings, floors with varying levels and other concerns. We intend to construct a small building, which complements the historic architecture, for use at this stage to meet accessibility requirements. At this point, the property would be usable for our purposes.
Long Term Goal:
Then we intend to work to pay off our mortgage, after which we can build a small, dedicated Temple building. Our services are small and we do not intend to try to attract large crowds, but to work with a small dedicated congregation in an intimate setting. For this purpose, pending the approval of the community and county, we desire to construct a beautiful Temple building constructed according to the Agamas and complementing the architectural style of the Historic buildings on the property. A dedicated space like this would surely take years of planning and work to complete, but will increase peace, prosperity, and happiness in the community. We offer our efforts humbly to the Lord, and pray that they will benefit society. We do not intend to convert people around to our views, but we know that the act of prayer is powerful to increase peace and prosperity in the community and to influence others toward dedication and devotion to their own respective faiths.
Our Teachings and Prayer Services
With our prayer room finally completed, we are commencing daily prayer services and teachings for the people living at the property. Though we cannot invite visitors to physically attend these services, we will be broadcasting them live online so that people may view them distantly. Please send us a friend request on facebook or simply visit our page to view our daily teaching, puja, and meditation.