We have today a visual treat, some photos sent by a visitor to the monastery. She begins at the beginning, with Pranava AUM, the Sound of the Universe, in tooled copper.
It's at the Ganesha at the entry.
Every visitor sees the land differently.
And that translates to different photos.
It always amazed us…
that two photographers…
could take the same camera and lens…
point it at the same subject…
and get an entirely different result!
Seems the very consciousness of the photographer…
is captured in the photo.
Like Shanmuga Himself, it is a mystery.
The lotuses are beginning their annual march across the marsh.
We leave you with a final thought from a philosopher: "When we long for life without difficulties, it is good to be reminded that great oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are forged under intense pressure."
The mind doesn't move; awareness moves. We have control. Sitting still, restraining the mind, nirodha of the vrittis, is what's changing subconscious from the inside out. Being spurred on by the guru, strive for improvement, seeing progress. Look inside, find happiness and then share it. When not in meditation work to refine every attribute of your nature. Be in the world and be fearless. Face what you need to do and do it well.
Master Course Trilogy, Living with Siva, Lesson 99.