October 3rd Homa

Yesterday, the Aadheenam began its new phase with a homa. This sacred fire ritual is among the oldest of sacred Hindu practices and Gurudeva asked that it be performed every week in Kadavul temple. A sanctified fire acts as an in-between, a channel for energies to pass between the Bhuloka (earth plane) and Devaloka (astral realm) and the Sivaloka (heaven worlds of the Gods). The practice of burning written prayers is a very important part of our morning homa, as the burned notes create an astral counterpart which can then be read by the devas and acted upon. The monks use this means to communicate very clearly with the inner worlds, coordinating events, travels and many other small or large tasks. Just as one would communicate with someone in a physical body, clarity and practical information are always appreciated.

The morning's notes from devotees and monks were burned and the homa soon concluded, to be followed by an upadesha from Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami.

Family Visit

John and Judy Davis are visiting from Wisconsin's Fox River Valley. They will be spending a week with their son Nirvani Nilakanthanatha. Both are retired. Judy is a master gardener while John is an accomplished carpenter.

A Drizzly Morning, Wishing You a Peaceful Day

This morning the Aadheenam woke to light rain and a misty sunrise. A brief downpour swept through, decorating our flora with its crystal droplets. The misty atmosphere is loved by our plants and makes for a cool and quiet start to our day.

God is with you all the time. There is no work to be done. Move in conformity with changes within your environment. Be steadfast in truth. Natural forces are countless. Be you, your own self, while at the same time recognizing all these. That is wisdom. We do not do anything. Everything happens of its own accord. Siva Yogaswami

September 17th Homa

Today begins a new phase. This six day phase includes our monthly Ashram sadhana day on Sun 2, when the monks band together to clean the Aadheenam. We also have two of our monks leaving for three weeks of travel today.

This morning's havana was attended by our monks and local devotees, who were all pleased to experience to powerful shakti from the sacred flames. Several of our monks chanted Sri Rudram as Yoginathaswami invoked Siva's power through the havana and Bodhinatha burned written prayers to the inner worlds.

Following the final arati, Bodhinatha gave a talk about the power of Parampara and the force behind personal, spoken teachings as opposed to the written word. He read from Gurudeva's Dancing with Siva:

"The Natha Sampradaya has revealed the search for the innermost divine Self, balanced by temple worship, fueled by kundalini yoga, charted by monistic theism, illumined by a potent guru-shishya system, guided by soul-stirring scriptures and awakened by sadhana and tapas. Thus has it given mankind the mechanics for moving forward in evolution."

New Phase Begins

We began our phase with a bright homa. Bodhinatha's talk at the end about "Staying Cool and Calm" was a jewel. Stay tuned for this upadesha to come on line in the days ahead.

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