This morning marks the beginning of the monastery's new phase. The monks just ended their three-day full moon retreat. This phase is only four days. Sun two is our monthly Ashram Sadhana Day, when the monks team up to clean the monastery. Gurudeva always said that if ever creative energy was obstructed, one of the first things to do is to clean your environment to create an uplifting and actinic space.
With the full moon and the recent celebration of Vaikasi Visakham, today's homa was very powerful. Bodhinatha gave a wonderful talk afterwards, elucidating verses in Patanjali's Yoga Sutras and clarifying Gurudeva's Twentieth Aphorism from Cognizantability:
THE TWENTIETH APHORISM
The seed of desire is a false concept in relation to corresponding objects. The conscious mind throws into its subconscious a series of erroneous thoughts based upon a false concept. This creates a deep-rooted desire or complex. Single out the seed of desire by disregarding all other corresponding erroneous thoughts. Then destroy that seed through understanding its relation in itself and to all other corresponding thoughts. The deep-rooted desire or complex will then vanish.
All your conflicts in life are caused in this way. In tracing each major conflict back through the power of concentration, of which we shall learn more later, all seeds are gradually and systematically destroyed, giving you an intense release and a burst of light from within. ¶Get off to a good start now and congratulate yourself on the fact that you have at last found the key to remove all your suppressions, repressions, unqualified feelings and unfulfilled desires through the application of right thought. Concentration digs up the seed in this manner and brings it before the mind as a fact, not as an elusive remnant of fiction. ¶Call upon your inner intelligence to help you and guide your unfoldment from within. Show to your own mind the seed of desire, which may be far divorced from the desire itself. It may be so far removed you will wonder how it was ever connected and was able to create the desire in the first place. In this wondering, you begin the birth pains of understanding, and when the birth is complete through qualified thinking, the seed will vanish, and the desire will resolve itself into the halls of memory. ¶Your major desires should be qualified first; then you can tackle the subtle ones. This law can be a tremendous help to you on your path of enlightenment, for the world is a place in which we learn. Therefore, all things of which we lack understanding represent a challenge to us, to qualify and resolve in our own consciousness.