With the addition of another 60 lovely dwarf date palms that were planted this phase, the purchase and “installation” on the Himalayan Acres land of pre-grown specimen trees from nurseryman Scott Young is complete.
The dwarf date palms have a very lovely form, and will produce several smaller trunks from the base.
Today Acharya Arumugaswami and Scott met on Himalayan Acres to spot and locate more prime areas for planting trees which the monks will grow themselves from seed.
We will be growing hundreds of Arecas, Foxtails, MacArthur and more Dwarf date palms.
These trees will double in value after a few years of growth.
We are fulfilling one of Gurudeva’s original mandates for the monks: to create an agricultural endowment as one contribution to the long term sustainability of the monastic order.
It is an old tradition among the Aadheenams. In Karnataka Swami Balagangadharanathaswami started his whole mission as a young monk, planting coconut trees.
Here is a mature dwarf date palms that someone has purchased and placed in front of their home.
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.