Day Six of innersearch was a powerful and packed experience beginning with morning Muruga puja and meditation guided by Siddhanathaswami.
Later in the morning Acharya Arumugaswami gave a class on Vasana Daha Tantra and prayer writing. Many innersearch gave powerful testimony on the results of their prayers being answered.
Later in the morning we had tours of the garden, carpentry shop, cow barn and a presentation of future publication initiatives in the Media Studio
After lunch everyone went to the river for Ganga Sadhana.
Putting all thoughts into the river on a leaf and thanking the river with a flower.
Acharya Kumarswami guided the group.
Then we had a guided tour of Iraivan by Sannyasin Yoginathaswami.
The silpis demonstrated various aspects of their working procedures.
Little Lyla Kovacs was very attentive.
leveling and marking long stones.
Participants put their hand to offer sand to fill up the the space under one of the stones in front of the sanctum.
Then off for dinner at Lydgate Park. First a stop at the Peace Pole installed there earlier this year by the monks. Sivakatirswami tells the tale of the Japanese origin of the “Words of Power”
May Peace Prevail on Earth
a message that has spread all around the world
Next we had a light hearted performance during dinner by a local hula halau.
It was a joy to see these young children so energetic, talented and obviously happy and healthy carrying on the island cultural traditions. Then everyone was off to the hotel for a good rest after a long but filled-with-marvels day.
Bodhinatha's Latest Upadeshas: "Not Getting Upset, Viewing Reaction from Higher Faculties" (September 14, 2014)
A measure of how serious we are in making spiritual progress is that we've learned the lesson from experience. Develop the ability to watch the mind think, understand the patterns of emotional action and reaction. Have the sense that you are a divine being to root out imperfections. Becoming upset is a temporary suspension of our higher faculties; transmute the energy into the third eye.
Master Course, Living with Siva, Lesson 149;
Master Course, Merging with Siva, Lesson 152;
Yogaswami, Words of our Master
"Eight Features of the Natha Sampradaya" (September 17, 2014)
We have to discover that part of us that is the Self. One of the important benefits of temple worship is it softens the ego. Recognize and love a Being greater than us, building humility. Go to Lord Murugan; His worship strengthens the kundalini. There's a power in learning through listening, shruti, that which is heard. Tradition, sadhana and tapas, informs, inspires, awakens potential.