The monks are enjoying Sadhu Paksha. The normal morning group arati and meditation is replaced with sadhanas performed on one’s own. One such was Gurudeva’s recommendation to “just wander on San Marga as a sadhu with no place to go, sit by a tree and merge with nature.”
Religion needs to be of the present. Mankind is evolving spiritually; mass consciousness is rising. When we go to the temple, in the right spirit, contributing devotion and prana, being open to the blessings of the Deity; it purifies the mind. The Hindu religion focuses on the mind; purifies it; controls it, subdues the ego, makes us more humble.