The temple is where the inseparable connection between this and the inner worlds is most easily felt. The Homa is a sacred ritual by which offerings are made to the inner worlds, establishing communication and one mindedness. At today's homa Jnanideva Cevvel took his Vratashishya vows after years of personal study. He has been at the monastery on task force for the past four months and has been an incredible help in the current media studio reconstruction project.
Today we celebrated Satguru Yogaswami and acknowledge the countless blessings he has given us, gifts which continue to this day. Jai Satguru Yogaswami!
"When you are pure, you live like water on a lotus leaf. Do what is necessary, what comes to you to do, then go on to the next order you receive, and then to the next that comes." -Yogaswami
He advised, "Boldly act when you receive orders from within. You need not wait until all details are in order. If you wait for everything to be worked out, you may miss your chance. Have faith and do the work that comes from within. Money will trail after you if you are responding to divine orders. Helpers will come. Everything will come. You have only to follow carefully that which comes from within."
"He made me to know my self, our Gurunathan.
On my head both feet he placed, our Gurunathan.
Father, mother, guru--he, our Gurunathan.
All the world he made me rule, our Gurunathan.
Previous karma he removed, our Gurunathan.
Even "the three" can't comprehend our Gurunathan.
He sees neither good nor bad, our Gurunathan.
As "I am He" he manifests, our Gurunathan."
With the GK is renovating the media studio they have been having their morning meetings outdoors in the banyan mandapam. The team is currently bolstered by 5 additional members, all helping with the construction.
Forrest Miller recently arrived from California. He is considering monastic life and has come for 6 months of first hand experience to see what it's really like. He has some skills in construction and for his first month will be helping the Ganapati Kulam in their media studio renovation, then on to the other kulams.
This morning began with a Homa, ushering sublime communications with the inner worlds. Prayers are burned to the devas as ghee is offered and Sri Rudram is chanted. Satguru Bodhinatha gave a lovely talk afterwards, discussing karma and our ability to mitigate negative karmas through living a spiritual life. He stated that one should view negative karma detachedly, as the next thing to do, rather then as a problem.
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