As part of Guruthondu day, Arumuganathaswami, Siddhanathaswami, Natyam Nandinatha and Sadaka Mayuranatha took 400 foxtail palm trees to Himalayan Acres for planting in a field which had been harrowed clean. It turned out to be harder work than expected as the loosened dirt wasn't deep enough for the pots and we had to dig each deeper by hand. But we still got 80% of the planting completed--you can see a few of the small trees in the foreground center of the photo. In three or four years these will be handsome trees!
Today is the monastary's first Guruthondun Day, when all the monks team up on one project. This time They are planting and potting hundreds of trees for Himalayan Acres and Wailua River Nursery, where the monastery grows hardwoods and a variety tropical plants.
Here are a few of the darshan meetings with Satguru Bodhinatha after the Gurudeva Mahasamadhi pujas were finished.
Today we celebrate the final day of Skanda Shasthi, honoring lord Kartikkeya, first renunciate and master of Kundalini yoga. A time to turn inward and connect with His powerful shakti.
Today we begin the new phase with an ancient fire ceremony, invoking the blessing of the gods and devas, that the three world can commune in harmony. We burn prayers to be read and carried out by the many innerworld beings that look after us as their own.
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