Mauritius Ganesha Chaturthi, Part One

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Media Studio Landscaping

There begins the work of making the outside of the Media Studio more in tandem with the inside. As part of the landscaping, Holika and his team of Tongans have been working on repainting a large wall on the South side. They are painting it with two shades of green, the lighter of which is a pattern taken from nature, the amazing leaf of the tropical plant Monstera deliciosia. This giant vine has a 34-inch leaf with deep lobes and holes in the leaves. A native of south Mexico and Panama, it produces an edible fruit that tastes just like a pineapple, hence it's common name, Fruit Salad Tree. The wall will soon be planted with the vine and in five years all of the paint will be covered by the living plant itself.

Meantime the Tongans also poured concrete for the entry path to the Media Studio portico, using the same quartzite as the other paths have and creating an inviting entry access.

The final photo here is Jeff working on one of the massive rock doors.

Bodhinatha Returns

Today Bodhinatha and Shanmuganathaswami returned from India and their long journey. Whenever Bodhinatha is gone for more than nine days, he is welcomed home with a short padapuja in front of Kadavul Temple. The monks happily greeted their returning Satguru, and following the padapuja, everyone entered the temple for arati to Ganesha, Muruga and Lord Nataraja. Jai Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami!

As in the vicinity of fire, butter gets melted, so in the proximity of the holy
Sivaguru all bad karmas dissolve. As lighted fire burns up all fuel, wet or dry,
so the glance of the Sivaguru burns up in a moment the karmas of the
sishya. As the heap of cotton blown up by a great storm scatters in all the ten
directions, so the heap of negative karmas is blown away by the compassion of
the Sivaguru. As darkness is destroyed at the very sight of the lamp, so is
ignorance destroyed at the sight of the holy Sivaguru.
I tell you now that there can be no Liberation without diksha, initiation. Nor
can there be initiation without a preceptor. Hence the dharma, the sakti and the
tradition come down the line of masters, called parampara.
Without a Satguru all philosophy, knowledge and mantras are fruitless. Him alone
the Gods praise who is the Satguru, keeping active what is handed down to him by
tradition.
Kularnava Tantra, chapter 3

New Educational Insight Sections Now Available!

Now that our media studio is functional (though lots of refinements lie ahead), we are back to work on our digital productions. New Ganapati Kulam member, Sadhaka Rajanatha is being trained in web IT for Himalayan Academy Publications. One of his first projects is to bring to the web, as individual titles/books, the educational insight sections from Hinduism Today. Valuable resources for parents and teachers that are buried inside the book What Is Hinduism? or in the page of Hinduism Today, can now be downloaded one-by-one as needed. This is a work in progress, but you can check out what has been placed on line to date. We have to thank our Digital Dharma Drive donors whose contributions allow us to get all these ebooks created for the next generation. Click here to see the current offerings.

Gurudeva Padapuja

The morning following Ganesha Chaturti, the monastery observed its monthly chitra puja, invoking Gurudeva's presence in Kadavul Temple. The puja was performed by Nirvani Nilakanthanatha and Sadhaka Dayanatha. Local members and several guest pilgrims attended the early morning event, to receive Gurudeva's blessings from the inner lokas.

Giving is an essential for spiritual unfoldment, for until we give and give abundantly, we don't really realize that we are not the giver; we are just a channel for giving. Abundance, materially and spiritually, comes to you when you cease to be attached to it, when you can take as much joy over a little pebble as you could over a precious ruby. The power of giving is a very great power, a great power that comes to you through yoga. You hear about yoga powers, the power of levitation, the power of suspended animation, but the truly great powers are the power of giving, the power of concentration, the power of the subconscious control over your mind, body and emotions, the power of universal love--practical powers that can be used today. Gurudeva

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