Hawaiian Winter Garden Wonders

With temperatures dropping just below 60 degrees at night (burrr!) H2O in the atmosphere loves to manifest itself on the plants in our garden. Sadhaka Rajanatha sends this lovely and remarkable series of shots of the morning dew on the plants. There are large versions to view in this slideshow, so don't hesitate to go full screen for the full experience of this incredible show of Lord Siva's beautiful creations!

Sacred Fire Ritual

The monks had a homa this morning. Satguru Bodhinatha did not attent, still resting up from his trip to Canada. Paramacharya Sadasivanathaswami filled in, burning prayers and giving a short talk about current monastery projects and about virtues, specifically the virtue of being on time, which Bodhinatha observed as being a form of respect for the meetings, people and events one is involved with.

The Monastery Celebrates Taipusam

The Monks performed a powerful Abisheka, bathing Kartikkeya in milk, yogart, honey and more, from which He absorbs the prana and uses it to bless all present. Taipusam is a celebration of Muruga's truimph over the darkness of ignorance, commemorating His receiving the Vel, His spear of Spiritual illumination. Dancing with Siva states of Muruga: Lord Kārttikeya flies through the mind’s vast substance from planet to planet. He could well be called the Emancipator, ever available to the call of those in distress. Lord Kārttikeya, God of will, direct cognition and the purest, child-like divine love, propels us onward on the righteous way through religion, His Father’s law. Majestically seated on the maṇipūra chakra, this scarlet-hued God blesses mankind and strengthens our will when we lift to the inner sky through sādhana and yoga. The yoga pāda begins with the worship of Him. The yogī, locked in meditation, venerates Kārttikeya, Skanda, as his mind becomes as calm as Śaravaṇa, the lake of Divine Essence. The kuṇḍalinī force within everyone is held and controlled by this powerful God, first among renunciates, dear to all sannyāsins. Revered as Murugan in the South, He is commander in chief of the great devonic army, a fine, dynamic soldier of the within, a fearless defender of righteousness. He is Divinity emulated in form. The Vedas say, “To such a one who has his stains wiped away, the venerable Sanatkumāra shows the further shore of darkness. Him they call Skanda.” Aum Namaḥ Śivāya.

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