Every sun one the Siddidatha Kulam team spends all day starting, planting and amending the soil. The all organic garden feeds the monastic community 365 days a year. With much trail and error Yoginatha Swami and Sadhaka Adinatha have perfected the planting cycles of each plant in the garden. Swami utilizes a master calendar that keeps tract of each plant, how long it is grown, what time of year to plant and the best fertilizer to help the specific plant grow.
Sadhaka Nilakantha is preparing special potting soil that is used to germinate our seeds into small plants.
From a seed you see a plant in one to two weeks
Sadhaka Adinatha lovingly tends to the small greens and prepares them to be planted in the garden.
Sadhaka Adinatha inspects the very happy lettuce
Ganesha over see and blesses all the joyous Seva in the garden.
This head of cabbage is growing well.
A variety of greens are grown in the garden. Lettuce, chard, and kale to name a few.
Bodhinatha's Latest Upadeshas: "The Difference in Practice of Theism and Monism" (September 3, 2014)
During a puja we're in Theism, to receive the blessings of the Deity. After a puja we can go within our self in meditation, giving up the idea of an external Deity, Monism. Monistic Theism: Advaita Ishvaravada. Advaita means the Monism; Ishvara means the Theism.
In Shum we use two words that relate to that: shumif and dimfi. First, perfect your Theism. Then become a monist. That's called Saiva Siddhanta; one leads to the other.