We go again into the garden to bring you some of the season's gifts. One cannot but be amazed that this is February and so much is blooming and thriving and marching toward the buildings!
Camera in hand, we walk along the many secret paths at Kauai Aadheenam to see what is new, what is in bloom, what is strange. We found a little of each as this slideshow will reveal.
This month's news video covers events from December, 2016, including: the monastery's Pancha Ganapati celebrations, along our many holidy vistors; Iraivan Temple's silver naga is getting closer to arrive on Kauai and our Moksha Ritau change that begins a season of deep meditation, intense study and philosophical discussion. High above flies the coral flag, signaling Parashiva, Absolute Reality, beyond time, form and space. Moksha Ritau is a time of appreciation, of gratitude for all that life has given, and a time of honoring elders, those in the sannyasa stage of life.
This phase we've begun Sadhu Paksha. These two weeks are a time when the monks change their usual morning routine and instead enjoy their sadhana unstructured, walking and meditating among nature. These two weeks are also a time when there are no tours and the monks can withdraw from the public a little and instead focus on the within. Following Sadhu Paksha we will observe the changing ritau and transition into the cooler, winter season. With our focus being on the beauty and silence found nature's simplicity, we present some photos from our sacred gardens today.
Our journey is coming to an end and the second to last stop brings us to Portland, Oregon, or as the locals say "Orgen." It was a short but delightful sojourn in one of America's fastest growing cities, driven in part by the IT companies who are centered there, and the migration of millennials to this food-aware haven.We are greeted lovingly at the airport and after a little rest are off to a special outing in America's second largest city park. The satsang at the Regade home was a special one, with great questions from the group, talks of SBNR, a story by Paramacharya that brought laughs and lofty thoughts to all present and quiet blessings afterwards. Follow the slideshow for the details.
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