March 28th Homa

This morning the mathavasi began their new phase. As usual we held our weekly homa. This will be a six day phase and includes several important events. Monks and local church members will be attending a short puja on Sun 3 in celebration of Yogaswami's Mahasamadhi. That same day begins Sadhu Paksha, a several week retreat for the entire monastery. During this time the monastics break their early morning routine and instead wonder and meditate in the sacred gardens. It is also a time free from tour days and in general, restrictive of excessive outside guests. On Sun 6 the monks will observe Guruthondu Day, banding together to make progress on a single project of the guru's choosing. And lastly, during the coming retreat, we observe a padapuja to Gurudeva during the chitra nakshatra. All in all it is a busy but blessed week. Aum Namah Sivaya.

"Life is a series of experiences, one after another. Each experience can be looked at as a classroom in the big university of life if we only approach it that way. Who is going to these classrooms? Who is the member of this university of life? It's not your instinctive mind. It's not your intellectual mind. It's the body of your soul, your superconscious self, that wonderful body of light. It's maturing under the stress and strain, as the intellect gives back its power to the soul, as the instinct gives back its power to the soul, as the physical elements give back their power to the soul, and all merge into a beautiful oneness." Gurudeva

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Safe Travels Sivarathna!

Today was Sivarathna's last full day with the monks before leaving the Aadheenam, having finished his taskforce. As is often the tradition, he gave a going away speech during lunch, expressing his heartfelt appreciation for all he's learned during his stay, an inner and outer education which he will carry forward for the rest of his life. He also wrote a short poem, which references his experiences in each of the four kulams, as well as other unique moments.

Poem for the monks by Sivarathna: Little I knew...

From far far away I came,

On a journey that would not be the same,

To be with the monks and serve at the feet of my Satguru

Little I knew of a wonderful world I just stepped into. 


With Siva's guidance, I built and rebuilt my character 

Always something new to learn from the temple prayer

Working selflessly everyday to serve on an unrelenting routine

Little I knew cooking and chopping would make me so keen


The adventure of life is to grow and learn,

So starting the day with cows and numbers was my turn,

Being surrounded by tech savvy, I had to give my everything,

Little I knew it would be laser etching and world record pricing. 


I long searched to live in harmony with nature, 

All it took was some digging, some weeding and hard labor.

Not afraid to get down and dirty, and lift things sometimes extreme. 

Little I knew, I would be serving with such a team. 


How does hinduism meet the future I wondered,

It takes a small group of visionaries that are really inspired.

Here I was being trained by computer wizards in this microcosm.

Little I knew, work from a small cave could reach all Hindus of the macrocosm.


Your guidance and blessings to me are of infinite worth, 

Endless is my gratitude for having me here where it's heaven on earth.

I reached for the sky, looking down mountains and the magnificent blue,

Little I knew, it would be on helicopter with my Satguru.

Aum Namah Sivaya.



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