Greetings to all from Bodhinatha’s verdant Polynesian ashram.
We are so blessed to have a living satguru with us, a jewel of wisdom and model of detachment for us all to follow. The Kailasa Parampara goes on.
The First Prakaram Handrailing
Yoginathaswami was at the temple site all morning, coordinating the endless details with the Indian craftsmen. They stopped for a moment to pose in front of a finished section of the handrailing. There are some 38 pieces that make up each section, and it takes many days for the team to assemble each section, which goes completely around the temple. Bodhinatha has a special affection for this design, and enjoys examining it daily.
This architectural drawing shows the overview and context. On the last trip to India, the monks were told that this handrailing is quite important in terms of the energy of the temple. Without it, the life-force of the temple would constantly drain away from the sanctum, but that force is contained by the wall. As the floor and these railings are set in place, visitors get a glimpse of the finished spaces, how they will look and feel.
One Response to “Iraivan Temple's Latest Developments”
With each task marked “finished”, you bring us closer to Iraivan. But, you already know that. Also know how grateful we are for ALL that you do. Thank you, Yoginathaswami and the silpi team. Congratulations!
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.