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.
"Temples with multiple deities can be confusing, especially for today's Hindu youth. For clarity, we need to bring forward a more precise understanding of the different Hindu denominations and how the different Gods are viewed from within each denomination. For spiritual advancement it is best to focus on one deity and get to the vibration that deity. When we hear teachings from various Hindus, it is important to understand and identify which denomination they are speaking from. This will avert confusion when that teaching gets contradicted in a different context where someone is talking about the same subject but from a different philosophical background."
Bodhinatha reviews the main characteristic of Saivite philosophy and practice with an indepth focus on the four stages of religions evolution, chariya, kriya, yoga and jnana. He highlights how this shows that Saiva Siddhanta is unique and quite from the modern practice of Hinduism as Vedanta