On our retreat days, computers go silent and offices are empty and the monks are busy.
Gurudeva encouraged his monks to “be engaged. Even on retreats, you should be focused. If that means making a decision to take a nap, then take a nap. If you want to go wandering like a sadhu, then wander. But don’t just let your mind be aimlessly idle.”
The Siddhidata Kulam is renovating the room outside Bodhinatha’s office which will be their new home in the year to come. Budget restraints mean that they are going to do 90% of the work themselves on their “day off.” Each Guha day morning the team gathers. First order of business: strip the old carpets out and remove old wall board. Get out all the debris, and clean it all up. Then re-install all the wiring and this time up to code standards!…
Muruganathaswami specializes in Begonia plants and has become adapt at using our Caterpillar Skid steer. Here he has moved some plants from one location to another.
Each year the annual Polihale Camp out arrives. Sivakatirswami spent time over the last few months, cutting and splitting firewood, stacking to dry. Now he loads it into bins ready to take to Polihale beach — “edge of the world” where the monks will live on the beach and cook on an open fire for three days.
The blue gum was really hard to split, very heavy and will burn long and hot!
Paramacharya Sadasivanathaswami is working on preparing a new area for planting with our small track hoe.
Out at San Marga, Acharya Kumarnathaswami and Kulapati Deva Rajan at work on the roofs of Siva Darshanam Vanam displays.
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.