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.
Within our Saiva Siddhanta Holy Scriptures the Saiva Agamas explain the basis of temple ceremonies and worship plus yoga and jnana. The Tirukural was considered by Gurudeva to be "the most accessible and relevant sacred text." In it are practical and helpful guidelines for our conduct in every day life. The point of family life is to gain steady improvement, forever, in self control in the midst of responsibilities in the fulfillment of family dharma. Meanwhile, not taking detachment too far but taking it in the sense of spiritually looking for happiness, not outside in other people or possessions, the world, but inside ourselves and then sharing it with family and friends. "We regard the writings of our satgurus as scripture."
Path to Siva, Lesson 20
Tirukural, Introduction and Contents
Tirukural, Chapter 15 Possession of Self-Control
"The temple enables us to feel the presence of God, Gods and devas." We use our inner eyes to see what's going on in the temple, the three worlds. In the temple we're being good dvaitists in the dimfi perspective, focused in bhakti upon God Siva. In meditation we're monists, in the shumif perspective. We claim our oneness with Siva, Sivoham, I am Siva. In surrender, shrinking the ego through devotion, we have a realization that we're not the doer, that Siva is doing it all. Siva's energy comes through our soul.