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.
Unless kundalini is active, the deepest meditative states are not available to us. But to activate kundalini, Gurudeva tells us we must invoke the grace of Lord Ganesha and Lord Murugan. "Yoga is internalized worship which leads to union with God." Experience the inside of you in a profound way. This requires dispassion. The popular term "kriya yoga" usual refers to a form of pranayama, but the original kriya yoga is defined by Sage Patanajli as the practice of three of the niyamas: tapas, svadhyaya and Isvarapranidhana. To achieve samadhi we practice yoga, steady restraint of mental activities, austerity, meditation, detachment, self study and worship of God. Communion with the Ishta Devata, the chosen God is a key and also Gurudeva tells us: the Deity chooses you.
Master Course, Dancing with Siva, Lesson 39
Master Course, Merging with Siva, Lesson 5
Patanjali's Yoga Sutras