The public tour today seemed to keep growing! An inwardly quiet group of extraordinary souls on a radiant day.
Shanti and Myruli are from Albuquerque, New Mexico. They really enjoyed the tour today even though it was one of the hottest days of the year. We kept taking refuge from one beautiful tree to the next.
Purna and Gopa Patnaik from Enunitas, California enjoyed the carving demonstration. Kandan, our temple silpi had just finished his extraordinary craft.
Mohan and Shirkala Savkoor with their daughter, Swapna and Son, Chetan. They have been in touch with the monks for many years having attended pujas at the Palaniswami Temple in San Francisco 30 years ago. They are from San Jose, Calif. I asked Mohan how he was doing on the long trek with his cane and he replied “I will do anything happily for the grace of God”!
The blessings of Lord Murugan awaken wisdom which resides in his chakra. "Pray to Lord Murugan to unravel the great mysteries of the universe." When we get emotional we lose touch with our wisdom. Murugan inspires penance to soften karmas and purify the mind, chitta-shuddhi. If you do kavadi in the right spirit, to get the full blessing, have in mind specific misdeeds, apologize to the deity, learn from it, promise to do your best. Visions are still happening. Feeling the energy of the deity is stronger during festivals such as Skanda Shashti.