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.

Chitra Puja in the UK

We recently received these images from devotees in the UK of their recent padapuja to Gurudeva during the chitra Nakshatra. Om Namah Sivaya

"Satguru darshan opens psychic seals in the devotee by moving his awareness out of an area that he does not want to be in. Similarly, a blowtorch changes the consistency of metal. The satguru is like the sun. He is just there, radiating this very pure energy like the sun evaporates water. The satguru hardly does anything at all. It is the seeker who opens himself to the great accumulated power of darshan which the guru inherited from his guru and his guru's guru, as well as the natural darshan he unfolded from within himself through his evolution and practices of sadhana and tapas."

Chitra Puja

This morning the monks celebrated yet another glorious chitra puja for Sri Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswamiji. A few photos tell the tale...

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