Sun five, the last day of another productive phase at Kauai Aadheenam. It seems to always be the case, with Gurudeva’s shakti guiding the way of one accomplishment after the other.
One of the reasons this happens might be Gurudeva’s policy of zero tolerance for disharmonious conditions. Because monks solve their disagreements before sleep, love flows abundantly. Prana is never congested and can be use for creative projects.
We sometimes show our Siddhidata kulam’s green thumb skills with photos of our vegetable gardens, where Panchamukha Ganapati leads the devas to provide a bountiful harvest.
Today we have photos of another beautiful job the SK is doing at the monastery. It is the renovation of the Nakshatra gardens, behind Bodhinatha’s headquarters, the Mahogany Room.
Sadhaka Tejadevanatha drives the CAT and brings big rocks.
Landscaping and new plants transform the area.
Under the watchful gaze of our felines…
…the Siddhidata Kulam adds new colors that will grow and adorn the path.
There is a not-so-secret recipe for the Siddhidata Kulam’s success and consistency. Gurudeva wrote it down as an affirmation, repeated daily by the Kulam members, highlighting the goals, the means and the willpower involved in their daily tasks. It molds their subconscious to a more positive life.
Every Kulam in the monastery has their daily affirmation.
The SK affirms, “We are flexible, though our schedules are demanding. There is no task greater than what we can master, control and complete.”
Some monks also use other affirmations. We recently published a collection of Gurudeva’s powerful statements used to remold the mind in a small booklet.
Focus on being a soul, not the body, mind and emotions. When we think of ourselves as a soul we're able to move forward and get closer and closer to Siva. That's the whole idea of Saiva Siddhanta. A negative self-concept is an obstacle. We can change our self-concept through applying Gurudeva's teachings, affirming every day that we are a divine being. Vasana daha tantra: Going back and understanding experiences; clearing up the reactions to the past.