Yesterday Vani and Niranjan family visited for the first time from UK. They are from Sri Lanka originally. The Roshan Raja family from Nevada and Elyathamby and Sothy Vignaraja from Baltimore, Maryland also recently visited.
We were happy to be making the second pilgrimage to this holy place. we were delighted with all the changes and new construction. The other devotees too were impressed with all that is done at the Monastery from milking the cows, to farming, to conducting religious discussions. we we sorry we did not have a day or two to stay close to the temple and be more involved.
We are very grateful to be part of the group that celebrate the Nallur Festival and Have the Swamis come to us and talk to the children in the Sunday school classes.
In Patanjali's comments on the niyamas he speaks on religious action, kriya, bringing about samadhi and attenuating the kleshas. We think we have to be detached from that which we are attracted to but we also need to overcome aversion. It's easier to be finite, to have a past and a future than to be infinite, without past and future, so, we're clinging to life. The kleshas are the root source of karma. Quiet mental activity produced by the kleshas through meditation and achieve santosha, peace of mind. "Men of discrimination see sorrow in all experience."