Sun One begins a new phase with Bodhinatha looking bright during his weekly upadesha after the homa. He spoke this morning on Gurudeva’s teaching that one must become simple, direct and uncomplicated in order to experience Parasivam. It is the intellect that makes things complicated. “Concepts are not the goal,” he explained, “we must transcend the intellect to experience God.”
Nina Anand family and relatives visited for the first time from San Francisco Bay Area. They are friends of sishyas Hotranatha and Punita Ajaya. Had a wonderful visit to Iraivan and first darshan with Bodhinatha. Nina’s family recently became lifetime subscribers to Hinduism Today.
It’s the height of summer and the sun is already up at 6 am.
Trishul Siddharthan is here from Miami on a 10-day task force program.
Blue is a popular color today…
Something from the past… a picture of adoration…
On February 16th Bodhinatha was invited to be present for the inauguration of a great, new Siva temple being opened in Karnataka state. The inspiration behind the temple is none other than our own Sri Sri Balagangadharanathaswami, who has been so instrumental in the building of Iraivan over the years. This photo is taken at a high point in the consecration ceremonies.
Our Bilwa Trees Are Fruiting!
Lord Siva is said to sit under the bilwa tree. This year one of our trees out by San Marga is giving a lot of fruit.
The flesh inside is highly potent and highly prized for it’s medicinal value.
Retreat Fun in the Carpentry Shop
As a side project, Kumarswami made a cricket bat for the silpis. Cricket is one of their favorite sports. Tourists and local marvel at their games at the beach on their outings. Here Manickandan is holding the finished project, made from cyprus wood.
Manickandan was the mastermind and designer of the bat. A couple retreats ago he was talking to Dandapani about a bat to replace the makeshift one they have been using, and Acharya handed him a piece of lumber that seemed to be about the right size. While other silpis continued chatting, he went off to the side and began making pencil marks on the board to indicate where to cut and trim. Thus, a bat was marked out, in silpi style. They are all delighted with the outcome and look forward to their next game!
Good conduct is right thought, right speech and right action." Apply T-H-I-N-K: true, helpful, inspirational, necessary, kind in our thoughts, words and deeds. "Conduct ourself properly within ourself." Encourage rather than discourage. Praise rather than criticize. Speak an abundance of sincere inspirational words.
"Namaste" and "vanakkam," core practices of greeting. Recognizing that God is within everyone, the same God within me is within you. A Hindu concept not necessarily believed by other religions. Bowing to God is one of the ways we strengthen our humility and lessen our sense of ego and pride.
For peace in the world stop the war in the home." The key to world peace is inside the individual. The most important thing I can do today is be peaceful. Harmony, peace and tolerance radiate out to the community from the home and from the Hindu temple. "Everything is all right, right now." Affirmation is a useful tool to move out of a disturbed state of mind. Practice being in the eternal now.