The silpis went sightseeing this last retreat and, of course, also shopping. Second only to Walmart was a vist to Kawamura’s, the island’s best heavy-duty equipment store.
The staff loved to show the silpis the coolest tools. There is a subtle irony that these masters of hammer and chisels were observing the West’s way — one of more brute force, but less refinement and skill.
Later, a stop at the beach for a South Indian (very hot) lunch.
A Wordcloud of Mathavasis
This wordcloud is a little like us: different colors, diverse hues and abilities, closely tied together around our gurus in a harmonious pattern.
Gurudeva wrote in the Saiva Dharma Shastras about the standards we work within ourselves to uphold:
“The circle of swamis, yogis and sadhakas, our ordained clergy, is the core of the Church. These year-after-year servants of the divine work harmoniously together in a humble, self-effacing way to further the mission of the parampara.”
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.