We begin a new and short phase, of only four days. But how dynamic these four days promise to be! Innersearch preparations, many guests, projects and the essential routine tasks… Bodhinatha, meanwhile, is happily poised at the center of himself and at the center of our lives.
An inspired photographer took this long-exposure shot of the Aadheenam sky, a privilege for monks only (except on Sivaratri night). Siva’s universe is so vast, yet so simple. On the right, you can see all the stars of Orion. The bright star on the upper left is Sirius, a binary system that looks like only one star from earth, but orbiting Sirius-A is no planet but actually… another star, Sirius-B.
Bodhinatha gave a talk this morning, after the homa.
The temple was full. Later, a wonderful group of Sri Lankans had darshan with Bodhinatha. Many photos tomorrow!
Lord Siva is the Supreme Being of the universe, not one of many gods. To Saivites Siva is the supreme being; to Vaishnavites Vishnu is the supreme being. The soul starts with experiencing the world. On one side the soul is pulled by veiling grace toward the world. On the inside the soul is pulled by revealing grace toward God. Resolving karma, maturing in the world, fulfilling dharma, we move toward imperturbability, realization, moksha.