One day per week all the monks help the Siddhidata Kulam with various kinds of projects that might include carpentry, gardening, painting and other kinds of construction or repair work. Here is Sivakatirswami oiling some beautiful pine boards for renovation of one of the rooms in our buildings.
Sadhaka Satyanatha is helping to repair the deck of the big mower used on Himalayan Acres. The metal has rusted significantly (a huge problem on our tropical island) and needs to be replaced.
Here you can see that the rusted deck has been removed. He's cleaning loose pieces of rusted metal so that new steel plate can be welded in place.
Riccardo is trying to get the old generator (which was used to power the monastery during the one month electrical outage following Hurricane Iniki) up and running so that we can use the arc welder on the mower.
Sadhaka Adinatha installing new awning next to the workshop.
Sorting pipe and metal left over from previous jobs.
Arumugaswami welding new metal plate onto the mower.
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.