GURU DEV – NITA-ROSE’S SPIRITUAL TEACHER AND MOTHER
WHO IS NITA-ROSE AUGSBACH?
Nita-Rose Augsbach was born in South Africa. She is the daughter of Maria-Rose (also known as MamuaDevi).
MamuaDevi after completion of her intense spiritual training in India, returned to South Africa and opened the first holistic healing retreat center called Tashi Ling.
Tashi Ling was a farm located on the outskirts of Johannesburg in Southern Africa and modeled after a typical “Ashram” in India.
Tashi Ling was unique in its approach to spirituality. Mamuadevi wanted a non-sectarian environment that would bring Eastern and Western philosophies together with reverence and respect.
Tashi Ling was open to the public for retreats and workshops and run by a core community of 12 dedicated practitioners living on the retreat center and working under the leadership and guidance of Nita-Roses’ mother.
Nita-Rose grew up in this community of spiritual practitioners and was immersed in the study of energy healing, meditation and yoga.
It was a natural progression, that when seeing Mother Teresa in her white Sari and sandal feet that Nita-Rose believed it was her calling to join the Poorest of the Poor – and so it was that after graduating high school Nita-Rose entered what she then believed to be her calling to serve the poorest of the poor with Mother Teresa and became a Catholic Nun with the Missionaries of Charity in London.
Living in London a continent away from her family in Africa, Nita-Rose was given another living example of this truth of service and reverence for all beings she had learned on the Ashram, as it was being embodied in Mother Teresa whom she worked side by side with.
“May today there be peace within. May you
trust that you are exactly where you are meant
to be. May you not forget the infinite
possibilities that are born of faith in yourself
and others. May you use the gifts that you have
received, and pass on the love that has been
given to you. May you be content with yourself
just the way you are. Let this knowledge settle
into your bones, and allow your soul the
freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is
there for each and every one of us.”
– Mother Theresa –
After a year spent with Mother Teresa Nita-Rose made a decision to return home to her beloved spiritual teacher and community in South Africa. Nita-Rose Augsbach has since married, had children of her own and imigrated to America. She has traveled internationally to study with many different teachers and in many different traditions according to the way she was raised.
Her most memorable years were between 1995 – 1998 when Nita-Roses’ son became an ordained Zen Monk and spent 3 years at Plum Village in France with the Zen Master Thich Nhat Hahn. It was during this time that Nita-Rose was able to stay for extended periods of time at the monastery in retreat learning from this wonderful Zen Master the life transforming experience of entering the power of the present moment and the beauty of “mindful living” and the particular form of Yoga Nidra that Nita-Rose offers in a guided meditation with the gong.
Motivated by a deep love and passion for Eastern and Western philosophy that was introduced to her at childhood, Nita-Rose remains continually engaged in intensive training, retreats and workshop. Her most recent training was a month long intensive led by Yogi Amandeep Singh in the Himalayan mountains accompanied by her husband Larry.