A New Phase Begins

Gently light the lamp,
Gather flowers fragrant,
Humbly ground the holy paste,
Softly sweep,
Sing Lord's Praise,
Count the crystal beads,
Anoint in many ways,
And perform the diverse acts of temple service

Tirumantiram

The monks begin their new phase today after having had a 3 day retreat, a time for a break in routine to do other projects, do more sadhana, and in general relax a little from their countless duties. Satguru Bodhinatha is traveling, so Paramacharya Sadasivanathaswami filled in. The topic of his morning talk, just so happened to be the importance of living a balanced life, which includes not working yourself too hard. He emphasized that while life should be lived dynamically and powerfully, it should be accompanied by a proportionate amount of relaxation, hobby projects, time with family and other fulfilling endeavors.

This is a five-day phase. Tomorrow the monks observe ashram sadhana day, a time to uplift the vibration of the monastery through creating a clean and actinic environment. The monks spend the day deep-cleaning the temple, their offices, their guhas and anywhere else that needs attention. Following this phase is a two day retreat which includes Iraivan day, the time each month when the monks team together to mail out the monthly news letter, create the monthly news video, and do a variety of other Iraivan-related projects.

Aum Namah Sivaya

May 8th Homa

This morning, the monks began their new phase after a two day retreat. It is a five day phase followed by a 3 day retreat. Today, Satguru Bodhinatha, Shanmuganathaswami and Siddhanathaswami left on a two week journey to the mainland for the Aloha Luncheon, and on Sun five we will celebrate our monthly Gurudeva padapuja in Kadavul Temple.

Following today's havana, Bodhinatha discussed yoga and meditation. He first defined yoga with Patanjali's second verse which states that yoga is to still the patterning of consciousness. Bodhinatha expressed that commonly the understanding of the restraint of thought, is that it is a forced process, when really it is a quieting which comes about through proper techniques such as correct posture and even breath.

Waves rise in the ocean; so waves of thought arise in the mind. Yoga is to control thoughts as they arise. Great ones say that Yoga means union. If you want to take hold of something, all the fingers must join together; similarly, in order to reach God, the mind must become one-pointed.
It is not a simple thing to control the mind. It cannot be done in a day, or even in a year. Through constant effort thoughts can be controlled a little. In this way the uncontrollable mind can finally be brought under control. This is the supreme victory.
Siva Yogaswami

Today at Kauai Aadheenam

"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

Today is Sun Six, the last day of our phase, and the monks busy with their many daily tasks. In the temple, the bells are ringing for the 3pm Ganesha puja.

The Siddhidata kulam is doing their weekly office cleaning and changing out their plants which they do each week to keep their flora happy and healthy.

Today in the Lambodara Kulam office, Nirvani Harinanandinatha arranged for a pallet of organic dry goods (rice, lentils, etc) to be shipped from our health food wholesaler in California. Nirvani also made some arrangement for a few archanas to be done in Kadavul Temple over the next few days, and he started collecting news for the next monthly newsletter.

The Monastery is also gearing up for the re-roofing of a part of the main monastery buildings, which will create a nice new look, while matching the Media Studio's new roof.

Dasan here on the island, and he has spent the last few days helping the Ganapati Kulam in the Media Studio, preparing for the floor installation. While the installation has seen some delays, it now has an official installation date at the end of this month. Dasan is helping to make to floor spotlessly clean for the vinyl flooring.

A New Calf is Born!

This morning at about 6AM a new bull calf was born to his mother, Salute (AKA Namaskar). His name is Kashi, the Bull. He is happy, healthy and strong. As the monastery's past ownership of bulls resulted in some dangerous experiences, we will be raising him until he is eating grass. At that point, a local farmer will take him and continue and raise him for local breeding purposes. Kashi the Bull is a purebred Jersey with a prized paper trail to prove it. He his now staying in the newly built Mini Goshala (a tent for the new calf.)

Morning Havana

Jai Ganapati!

Today the monastery begins its new phase. As usual, Sun one morning starts off with a powerful Siva homa. This is a six day phase, with Kadavul Ardra Abhishekam on Sun four. Tomorrow is Akshaya Tritiya, a very auspicious day as the Sun and the Moon are both exalted, giving them full power, an excellent day for meditation and growth.

This morning Satguru Bodhinatha gave a delightful talk about the nature of attachments. He reminded us that anything that regularly claims our awareness, whether we desire it our have an aversion to it, is something of the past or future, which we must let go of as we endeavor to live in the present. He read from Merging With Siva's lesson 23:

Affectionate 
Detachment
Meditate on a river. Follow it as a visual image from its source to the end where it merges into the sea. You can now clearly see where you have been clinging to the bank of life's river. You will plainly see just how long you have been clinging to various attachments by holding on to fears, worries, doubts of the future and regrets about the past. Looking at attachment, we see how it holds the mind down, how it submerges personality. Attachment is a stationary thing. Attachment creates the personality. The popular concept of the intellect at this point would be to say, "Well, then, according to this, we are not supposed to be attached to anything, or even have a personality." But I take this one step farther and tell you, become affectionately detached, for by becoming affectionately detached you absorb all the power of the spiritual force within you. When you absorb the power of the spirit through the body, you will be able to feel it flowing through your most subtle nerves. This vibrant spiritual force within you, vibrating through every cell of the body, quieting the emotions and bringing the mind into effortless concentration, is born of affectionate detachment. Affectionate detachment is stronger than any attachment could possibly be, because attachment is created through unfulfilled desire, salted and peppered with fear. Fear of loss, fear of the unexpected, fear that life may not have much more to offer than what has already been offered, fear of old age, fear of harm, fear of accident--these are the fears which salt and pepper the unfulfilled desires. This is attachment. To be affectionately detached--that is a power. That is a wisdom. That is a love greater than any emotional love, a love born of understanding, a love that merges you into the river of life and allows actinic force to flow within you so that you realize God. We all still have those little attachments--the good ones, the need for love, acceptance and security. These attachments form the positive aspects of the subconscious. We want to free ourselves of all negative attachments, then use the subconscious positively, as a powerhouse directed by our superconsciousness. There is a great wisdom in cultivated affectionate detachment. Let go of the past. Let go of the future. Be a being right now. Being detached does not mean running away from life or being insensitive. It makes us extremely sensitive. When we have the ability to let go, we are warmer, more friendly, more wholesome, more human and closer to our family and friends.

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