Photos arrived of the opening of the new facilities for the Tirunavakarasu Orphanage in Sri Lanka. You will remember that the old building was destroyed in the Asian Tsunami. Finally, the boys have a new home, more inland this time.
The photos here are of the official ribbon cutting ceremony.
Two swamis graced the event, and Kannan welcomes them in the traditional way.
The ribbon is cut to open the building. With the next few photos we give a few Yogaswami gems of wisdom. His life and teachings, along with Gurudeva's, are the fundamental inspiration behind this orphanage.
You must not be indifferent to work because your salary is poor.
We must demolish the fortress that we ourselves have built.
The great say that we should remain without like or dislike.
All men are beautiful walking flowers. Instead of remaining as a witness and enjoying all this, man suffers through being possessed by the disease of 'I' and 'mine'.
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.