Last phase tour day photos from Isani Alahan. This photo features rudraksha ear-rings made by our mission members. Isani Alahan and Brahmacharini Lila Shaktidevi were the tour guides. Isani writes:
“A local young lady on the tour models her rudraksha earrings for the camera.”
The group takes a few minutes to explore the grounds and watch the stone lift
with the crane.
Guests signing the email list and receiving their chips of granite which are gathered and offered as a gift from the stone carvers.
A group photo of our respectful and divine souls that were guests on the tour today. There were about 45 visitors that walked the grounds and learned something about Hinduism.
After explaining that Hindus do not believe in intrinsic evil, on guests remarked that Hindus are very forgiving. Some have been here a few times over the years and love to return to view the progress of the temple.
They enjoy the peace and serenity the grounds provide and marvel at the amazing work in progress on Iraivan Temple.
A young couple Ashish and Leena Lohiya originally from Rajasthan. They now reside in San Diego, CA.
He’s an engineer and she is studying for her degree in accounting. They heard about the temple from friends.
Bodhinatha's Latest Upadeshas: "Not Getting Upset, Viewing Reaction from Higher Faculties" (September 14, 2014)
A measure of how serious we are in making spiritual progress is that we've learned the lesson from experience. Develop the ability to watch the mind think, understand the patterns of emotional action and reaction. Have the sense that you are a divine being to root out imperfections. Becoming upset is a temporary suspension of our higher faculties; transmute the energy into the third eye.
Master Course, Living with Siva, Lesson 149;
Master Course, Merging with Siva, Lesson 152;
Yogaswami, Words of our Master
"Eight Features of the Natha Sampradaya" (September 17, 2014)
We have to discover that part of us that is the Self. One of the important benefits of temple worship is it softens the ego. Recognize and love a Being greater than us, building humility. Go to Lord Murugan; His worship strengthens the kundalini. There's a power in learning through listening, shruti, that which is heard. Tradition, sadhana and tapas, informs, inspires, awakens potential.