And now a Nature Channel moment: After taking a tarp off a pile of potting soil today, we discovered this colorful ball. It was a female centipede in incubation mode.
Centipedes are normally cause for a bit of horror and a flurry to get away from them. Their bite is painful and the venom they inject can cause a lot of trouble at the injection site.
But today Amma Centipede is cause for wonderment at nature marvels. This awesome bizarre beauty (to us, not to her…) wraps herself around her eggs to protect her yet-to-be-born young.
Alarmed, she turned on her side. We can see the golden eggs she has her hundred (almost) legs wrapped around. Just below the pincer/antenna like appendages on the right are the “forcipules,” the business end which can deliver the very painful sting. But we were no threat and moved her (with a shovel) to a safe place to continue incubating her eggs.
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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.