Several days ago the monastery observed Ashram Sadhana Day. While the monks do at least half an hour of cleaning each day already, on this monthly day the monastics work all morning to clean the monastery buildings and temples. This time the monks began with a focus on cleaning Kadavul Temple, before heading to clean their offices and the many other areas around the monastery that they are assigned to clean. One wonderful feature of this day (which the monks always look forward to) is that lunch is prepared by local mission members, who are excellent cooks. This way all the monks can focus on cleaning, which includes our kitchen. A clean and uncluttered environment keeps the energies moving in our lives, so if you ever feel like things aren't flowing for you, get out a bucket and some fresh rags and start scrubbing! Aum Namah Sivaya.
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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.
Bodhinatha's Latest Upadesha:
"What is the Nama Sivaya Mantra?" (February 13,2017)
The letter "Ya" in the Panchakshara Mantra, Namasivaya, stands for the soul. Bodhinatha uses the Panchakshara Mantra to show how the soul is initially drawn by Siva's veiling grace, which leads the soul to maturity through experience in the world. Then comes Siva's revealing grace. When we've had enough of the world, Siva's grace pulls us toward God. The mantra also has the simple, two-syllable form. Si- Reflecting on God the Transcendent Absolute, Va-God as the All Pervading Consciousness
Path to Siva, Lesson 16
Master Course, Living with Siva, Lesson 109
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Jai Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami!
Each month during the chitra nakshatra the aadheenam observes a padapuja in Kadavul Temple to Gurudeva's granite paduka (sandals). Today's puja began at 5:45am with the chanting of Sri Rudram and an abhishekam performed by Natyam's Mayuranatha and Jayanatha. This is a powerful time of year for connecting to the inner world's and today's puja was no exception with a somewhat "zingy" energy felt from Gurudeva throughout the temple. Aum Namah Sivaya.
"Renouncing all I inwardly entered
And beheld the Light within.
My heart trembled. I prostrated low.
But Him I never forgot;
And the Lord of Celestials
Freeing me from the whirl of births
Immortal made me here."
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