Thai Pusam Kavadi

Enjoy these slightly belated images from Thai Pusam. These are kavadi that two of our monks prepared. Kavadi is a penance offered to Lord Karttikeya, especially during Tai Pusam, consisting of carrying in procession a heavy, beautifully decorated, wooden object from which pots of milk hang which are to be used for His abhisheka. The participant's tongue and other parts of the body are often pierced with small silver spears or hooks, though our monks did not observe this part. Vel Muruga!

Harvesting Ginger

The monks of the Siddhidatta kulam recently harvested the bed of ginger that had been growing in the nakshatra garden. That is our herb garden just next to the kitchen. The amount of ginger root that was produced was quite extraordinary, filling one whole cart. The monks now have a surplus that can be used for just about anything, from daily meals and chutneys, to healing tea's and juices. Ginger has long been used as a healing tonic and has many beneficial qualities. It has been shown to treat nausea, reduce muscle pain and soreness, reduce inflammation and help with Osteoarthritis, fight infection, lower blood sugar and improve heart health, treat chronic indigestion and lower cholesterol levels. It contains 6-gingeral, a substance which been shown to be effective against certain types of cancer cells, and it is also loaded with antioxidants which help to improve brain function.

Morning Havana

This morning the monks began the week with a Siva Homa. Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami was present to give offerings to Siva through Agni, and also to burn the prayers that had been written by monks and devotees. In this way we can easily maintain communication between the beings of all three worlds.

Flowing the final arati, Satguru gave a talk about Siva and His existence as Eminent Love and Transcendent Reality. Aum Namah Sivaya.

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