Once every now and that we have a big photo shoot of all the monks. Six of the silpis are returning to India in 30 days and Palaniswami is preparing souvenir photo albums for each one as a gift in appreciation for all the work they have done on the temple. Our goal this morning at 7 AM was to assemble all the monks, have good light, no rain and take a photo of each silpi with Bodhinatha and all the monks. The hardest part is getting everyone together at the same place at the same time!
Ahh there we are!
The blessing of our brotherhood is yet another great gift of our Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami. How fortunate we are to be here, together and to have this opportunity to set aside any personal life and serve the Kailasa Paramapara as we whittle down our prarabdha karmas to virtual zero, hopefully letting us fly free in moksha.
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And we took the opportunity to take a fresh photo of the Saiva Swami Sangam.
“Warriors of the Within!”
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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.