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: "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.