Welcome! My name is Swami Mahavirananda, but many know me simply as Brother William.
Tantra teaches that our essential nature is pure, perfect, and divine, and encourages the integration of all aspects of life with spirituality, including sexuality. Tantra offers a variety of psychological methods for developing greater awareness of our true divine Self.
Gay Tantra recognizes the special needs and unique advantages of those who have developed a gay identity. Most gay-identified persons have grown up in a culture that views gay love as unnatural and immoral. These false notions about gayness often get internalized leading to feelings of shame and unworthiness. Most traditional religions contribute to the psychic and spiritual wounding of gay persons by promoting these notions. Many gay persons rightly reject traditional religions as a result, perhaps substituting work, compulsive sex, drugs, or a combination of these. Gay Tantra can help gay persons develop a well-integrated gay identity that can be a positive asset in spiritual life.
Individual Instruction & Counseling
To get instruction or counseling contact Brother William either by email or by telephone. There is never a fee for Ashram West services. Donations are gratefully accepted. The suggested donation for individual instruction and counseling is $40-$100, and no one is ever turned away for inability to donate.
Ashram West Membership
There are three basic levels of membership in Ashram West, Student, Supporter, and Resident:
Anyone may become a student of Ashram West by seeking individual instruction or by reading our books. Student Members may participate in all public activities of the Ashram and in those private groups for which they qualify.
Supporter Members are students who support the work of Ashram West either by volunteering at Ashram events or by making tax-deductible donations by subscription.
Supporters can also make individual donations of any amount by clicking on the donate button below:
The Ashram West Logo
In the center is the Sanskrit syllable OM, an ancient Hindu word for the divine Self
In the center is the Sanskrit syllable OM, an ancient Hindu word for the divine Self. The interlocked triangles are a Tantric symbol that represents the integration of spirit and matter and of male and female. The circle and square both represent spiritual wholeness as they manifest in the mind and in the outer world respectively. The message is that one may experience the divine Self and manifest spiritual wholeness by integrating spirit and matter, male and female within oneself and in the world.