The Still Sadhu

The monks schedule has entered sadhu paksha, a time of year that allows us to wander about in the early morning hours and remain alone and still. There is no mandatory roll-call at 5:30am, instead there is a mandatory call to dive within among the sacred grounds we call home. Before the sun rises, we begin our day's work and rise within the spine up to our highest potential.

This is also a good time for us to test our skills and see how we meditate without a guided group using Shum. After so many years one can use Shum intuitively and use the monthly mamsani at a different pace.

In looking through the archives to make this blog post, it becomes clear that we move so much throughout the year. Activities are never departed from our life and TAKA often reflects the various projects that we are involved in. But what sustains it all? The life-giving force behind our movement is our stillness. Like a battery on its charger, we gain power in the darkness of the morning before the city wakes and then unleash that energy right into the seva we set out to do. This dance, this sankalpa is performed without fail day in and day out, and our mission would not work without an inner fire being roused and fed with heavy loads of guru-given meditation.

So where does your day begin? Do you wake up as late as possible only to rush off feeling incomplete? The wholeness of being must be sought for in the silence within. This Self-expression must be exercised in order to live a life with meaningful permanence. All else is subject to the repetitive dual nature of prakriti. While we can not, and should not, avoid karmic law, we can arm ourselves with the virtuous qualities of the soul. We can wield the soul-nature without inner practice only so much. Eventually we need to become acquainted with our real selves.

Sloka 2 from Dancing with Siva

Aum Namah Sivaya. The monks are just wrapping their week and are heading into two days of retreat. We'll see you soon! For those who haven't checked out our youtube channel for further DWS videos, here is Sloka 2 "Where am I going, what is my path." Enjoy!

Latest Upadesha: Path To Siva – The Life of Saivites

Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami

Bodhinatha's Latest Upadeshas - What is the Nature of Life for Saivites?
" Path to Siva, Lesson 19 - Every Day Is a Day of Worship" (March 6,2017)

"Stand Strong for Saivism." The nature of life for Saivites is to turn work into worship, to turn the secular into the sacred. Each day give a little extra warmth, humanness and upliftment to others. Every day is a holy day, all day long. We want to follow our religion even in our dreams. If we help someone, we're worshiping. Wherever we are, that's a place of worship. "To the Saivite Hindu all of life is sacred. All of life is religion."

Path to Siva, Lesson 19.


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Tiruvalluvar Works at Midnight

The midnight vigilee caught these shots of Tiruvalluvar writing away while the aadheenam slept. His stone image comes alive at night and seemed to be lit up and calling out his truths.

The captions above are excerpted from section 3, The Greatness of Renunciates.

Path To Siva – Who Is Siva? God Siva Is the Supreme Being

Bodhinatha

Bodhinatha's Latest Upadeshas:
"God Siva —the Supreme Being" (January 01,2017)

Lord Siva is the Supreme Being of the universe, not one of many gods. To Saivites Siva is the supreme being; to Vaishnavites Vishnu is the supreme being. The soul starts with experiencing the world. On one side the soul is pulled by veiling grace toward the world. On the inside the soul is pulled by revealing grace toward God. Resolving karma, maturing in the world, fulfilling dharma, we move toward imperturbability, realization, moksha.

Path to Siva, Lesson 11.


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