Yesterday evening our monastics enjoyed their monthly pada puja to Gurudeva an his shrine in Kadavul Temple. Satguru and the monks gathered around to chant Sri Rudram while Yogi Jayanatha and Nirvani Tejadevanatha performed an abhishekam to Gurudeva's granite paduka.
"If we look at the past and we look at the future as both a series of dreams, and the only thing that we are concerned with is our immediate reactions and what we carry with us now, we see that the past is there to test us and the future is there to challenge us. We cannot change the past, but we can change how we react to what has happened to us in the past, and we can change the future, anytime we want to." Gurudeva
Now and again we bravely post some of Gurudeva's most profound insights and writings. Today is such a day as we share Gurudeva's description of Nirvikalpa Samadhi and actinic energy. It is short, but dense.
We partner his words with a series of microphotography images which have their own mystery and magic to accompany the bhashya.
Aum Namah Sivaya
For those that missed it, one of our latest publications is now available on our Himalayan Academy website. Gurudeva's Seven Dimensions of the Mind is a powerful guide to the inner workings of our own inner and outer being. It's currently available here in PDF, Epub and Kindle editions.
"The dimensions are a positive and helpful way of looking at life and understanding the experiences we have on the inward path. By identifying experience as being within one dimension or another, we are able to know at all times just where we are in consciousness, and that knowledge is the control over awareness that we need to continue the upward climb.
"At all times we are flowing through all of the dimensions. They all exist in total completion right now within us. However, we are only conscious periodically in one or another of them as awareness magnifies itself and registers the dimension by focusing upon it, shall we say."
This morning our monks celebrated the Chitra nakshatra with their usual padapuja to Sivaya Subramuniyaswami. Yogi's Dayanatha and Haranandinatha performed the abhishekam.
"When you meditate, you become inwardly strong. You become extremely sensitive, and sensitivity is strength. But if you are not psychologically adjusted to the things you may be hearing and seeing and the depth to which you might see, you might see things that will be disturbing to you, that will upset your nerve system. Now, it is true that if you are centered in yourself completely enough to be all spine and just a being of energy, you can go anyplace in any type of environment, inside or outside, and the environment would be better for your having been there. You would not absorb any of the distracting or negative vibrations. But until that day comes, it is better to be wise and live in a positive vibration and among people who can help stabilize the force field around you, so that your inner life goes on without interruptions—of spinning out, having to crawl back, and spinning out and then having to crawl back. Why go through all those frustrating experiences, which are inconvenient, time consuming and totally unnecessary?" Gurudeva
Today we share Satguru's recent talks on Awareness and Omnipresence, a recounting of Gurudeva's upadeshas on the esoterics of previously unpublished works on Shum and of his writings on the Seven Dimensions of the Mind. Some of the works of Gurudeva during the 1970s are brought through from a rishi in the inner planes.
These are available through the SivaSivaApp on your phone. Go to the "Listen" module and select the collection "Bodhinatha's Recent Talks" for available links.
Yesterday evening our monks gathered in Kadauvl Temple to observe our monthly Chitra puja and abhishekam at Gurudeva's shrine. Yogi Dayanatha and Nirvani Tejadevanatha performed the abhishekam while other monks chanted Sri Rudram. This day is our monthly celebration of Saturu Sivaya Subramuniyaswami's mahasamadhi which took place during the Chitra nakshatra. Aum.
Recently our monks celebrated our January chitra nakshatra with their monthly padapuja to Gurudeva. Yogis Haranandinatha and Jayanatha performed the short abhishekam. Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami and other monks attended for this evening worship, invoking the love and blessings of Gurudeva. Aum.
"Understanding, loving and making allowances--these are the strengths of the soul awakened through sadhana, once the emotional ups and downs and the barriers of the instinctive influences of fear, jealousy, anger, deceit and disappointment are conquered" - Gurudeva
At the Spiritual Park in Mauritius, members have recently received delivery of a massive wooden frame holding a life-sized photo of Gurudeva holding a bamboo danda and wearing his wooden tiruvadi sandals. It is to be installed in one of the new mandapams in the days ahead, to inform the thousands of visitors who come each month of the founder and offer them a glimpse, a darshan. The craftsmen carved Shum mamsane into the oak wood and balawo frames. Congratulations to the team for pushing through this wonderful addition to the Spiritual Park.
Om Namah Sivaya
Today the monks received a gift from Natalie Levin. As you may know, this Arizona-based artist has created a collection of sketches, each of which captures a different fragment of Gurudeva's potent spirit (You can see them all here). This special gift is one of those sketches, having been enlarged and printed on canvas. The monks of the Ganapati Kulam hung it on the wall of the Media Studio, and it fits the space perfectly. Jai Gurudeva!
For those that love to listen to updeshas by our gurus, you might not be aware of this wonderful resource. It is our online Inspired Talk Index, and it includes all of our published talks by both Gurudeva and Bodhinatha, from as far back as 1959. You can also access these resources through the SivaSiva App. To view them in the browser simply go here: www.himalayanacademy.com/looklisten/talksindex
Aum Namah Sivaya
Archives are now available through 2001. Light colored days have no posts. 1998-2001 coming later.