Detach Awareness

This puzzle is slightly harder with 36 pieces! It took me over 5 minutes the first time and then 4 minutes the second time. Beware it may be hard to follow the advice of the finished puzzle once you start! Tips: puzzle does not fill the whole space; pieces can hide behind other pieces.

Ganesha Puzzle

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Gurudeva Archives Gem from 1962!
The Art of Giving, Of Doing Nothing; True Perception and Talking Things Over

It has been observed that Gurudeva's teaching style in his early years when he was working a lot with the general public, was, as one might expect, very much like Bodhinatha's today: very practical, straight forward language that brings the spiritual work we have to do into sharp focus for implementation in daily life.

The last section of this talk from 1962, is perhaps the earliest recording of Gurudeva teaching the principle of maintaining harmony in our relationships and in our group. He speaks of this in terms of residing in a true state of spiritual perception. The audio quality is as best we can get it for this old recording but the teaching is a perennial "Golden Gurudeva." Click here to go to the page which includes a transcript. Thanks to a new sevak Iain Morland in Wales who did the restoration work on the original, very difficult sounding audio file. (see: http://www.iainmorland.net

Sweet Potato Ganesha

Today one of our monks was inspired to create this little Ganesha from some of our morning's sweet potato harvest.

From Merging With Siva:
The Hindu enjoys all the facets of life as transmuted into a religious expression in art. The Hindu's art is a religious art--drawing, painting and sculpture of the Gods, the devas, and the saints of our religion. The music is devotional and depicts the tones of the higher chakras, echoes the voices of the Gods; and the dance emulates the movements of the Gods. We are never far away from sights, sounds and symbols of our religion. A mountaintop represents Lord Siva; a hill represents Lord Murugan, Karttikeya; and sugar cane fields represent Lord Ganesa. Everything that one sees on the planet represents something religious. Art is not merely for egotistical and existential self-expression, but for spiritual expression, done consciously in service to the Divine. That is why one seldom sees or even knows the name of the artist of the great Hindu artistic creations. The artist is not creating in order to become famous or rich. He is surrendering his talents, serving his Gods and his religion through his art, and his art takes on a certain sacredness.

Mauritius Spiritual Spark Ganesha Chaturthi Part Two

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