The monks are back from a great retreat, diving energetically into their kulam duties. It is a six-day phase ahead of us, full of opportunities to serve Lord Siva.
Bodhinatha, settled down after a long schedule of travels, gave a talk on being pure energy and moving through the chakras. Most people function through only two or three chakras at a time. As energy, we can choose to flow through the higher chakras.
We had a homa today, the first one presided by Bodhinatha in a few weeks, after sadhu paksha and his India travels.
The most visible activities are the lanscaping changes, so creative and inspiring. The more practical side of the excavator work is the grounds’ preparation for a water turbine, which will provide abundant clean hydro power for the monstery in the near future. This is still in its first stages, but we really want to make this work — we will, we can, we are able!
The blessings of Lord Murugan awaken wisdom which resides in his chakra. "Pray to Lord Murugan to unravel the great mysteries of the universe." When we get emotional we lose touch with our wisdom. Murugan inspires penance to soften karmas and purify the mind, chitta-shuddhi. If you do kavadi in the right spirit, to get the full blessing, have in mind specific misdeeds, apologize to the deity, learn from it, promise to do your best. Visions are still happening. Feeling the energy of the deity is stronger during festivals such as Skanda Shashti.