At the monastery we have a special place where no machines are allowed and the nature Devas are free to work their magic.
This place is the Annapurna Gardens where the monks work hand and hand with the devas cultivating the soil and producing organic food. Many years ago Gurudeva was told by the devas to keep machines out of the garden
and the devas will grow the food. Many years have passed since Gurudeva told the monks of the Devas vision of a machine free garden. The Garden is thriving with the help of the Devas inner plane guidance and the monks physical world push. Machines have not touch the garden soil for many many many years now.
Ganesha is in the center of the Garden watching the daily dance of the devas.
Ganesha receives an oiling by Brahmachari Vel who is on a six month task force. Vel was over joyed to oil Ganesha
and decorate him with flowers grown in the garden. Jai Vel, Jai Ganesha!
This is what Ganesha sees from his raised peedam in the Garden.
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.