A New Phase Begins

Gently light the lamp,
Gather flowers fragrant,
Humbly ground the holy paste,
Softly sweep,
Sing Lord's Praise,
Count the crystal beads,
Anoint in many ways,
And perform the diverse acts of temple service

Tirumantiram

The monks begin their new phase today after having had a 3 day retreat, a time for a break in routine to do other projects, do more sadhana, and in general relax a little from their countless duties. Satguru Bodhinatha is traveling, so Paramacharya Sadasivanathaswami filled in. The topic of his morning talk, just so happened to be the importance of living a balanced life, which includes not working yourself too hard. He emphasized that while life should be lived dynamically and powerfully, it should be accompanied by a proportionate amount of relaxation, hobby projects, time with family and other fulfilling endeavors.

This is a five-day phase. Tomorrow the monks observe ashram sadhana day, a time to uplift the vibration of the monastery through creating a clean and actinic environment. The monks spend the day deep-cleaning the temple, their offices, their guhas and anywhere else that needs attention. Following this phase is a two day retreat which includes Iraivan day, the time each month when the monks team together to mail out the monthly news letter, create the monthly news video, and do a variety of other Iraivan-related projects.

Aum Namah Sivaya


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