“It’s very simple: the energy within our body is the same energy that pervades the universe, and it’s all emanating right out of Lord Siva.” -Gurudeva
Our monks will soon be entering their two-day retreat, and we’re using that time to upgrade our server. So that means you might not see any new posts until the 25th. Hope you have a wonderful few days! Aum Namah Sivaya.
Recently a new canvas scroll, measuring 36" by 96," was installed on the redwood wall in the Guru Peedam. The canvas displays Gurudeva's chakras in the Shum language and simple illustrations for each chakra with its corresponding color, number of petals, bija sound and geometric shape.
From bottom to top they are:
1) The first of the primary chakras, named muladhara in Sanskrit; 2) attribute— memory, time, space; 3) located at the base of the spine; 4) color—red; planet— Mercury; element—earth; sense—smell; petals—four; pañchakshara mantra letter—na; 5) the pranayama associated with this chakra is to breathe in two short breaths through the nose and out two short breaths through the mouth; this can be done in preparation for the meditation or also while walking fast and swinging the arms.
1) The second chakra, named svadhishthana in Sanskrit; 2) attribute—reason; 3) located at the navel; 4) color—reddish orange; planet—Venus; element— water; sense—taste; petals—six; pañchakshara mantra letter—ma.
1) The third chakra, named manipura in Sanskrit; 2) attribute—willpower; 3) located at the solar plexus; 4) color—yellow amber; planet—Mars; element—fire; sense—sight; petals—ten; pañchakshara mantra letter—Si.
1) The fourth chakra, named anahata in Sanskrit; 2) attribute—direct cognition; 3) located at the heart; 4) this chakra is the resting place; 5) color—smokey green; planet—Jupiter; element—air; sense—touch; petals—twelve; pañchakshara mantra letter—va.
1) The fifth chakra, named vishuddha in Sanskrit; 2) attribute—divine love; 3) located at the throat; 4) it is here where magical powers exist, and it is here that the past is dissolved and the vision of a positive, productive future is revealed; 5) color—smokey purple blue; planet—Saturn; element—ether; sense—hearing; petals—sixteen; pañchakshara mantra letter—ya.
1) The sixth chakra, named ajña in Sanskrit; 2) attribute—divine sight; 3) located at the third eye (between the two physical eyes); 4) relates to language and speech; 5) it is the area of the mind where, through the third eye, mystics can scan the universe; 6) it is the area where past, present and future are seen as one; 7) it is the third eye that sees all, for it is within all at every point in time; 8) only when the awareness moves into this chakra do the two petals open from deep within the chakra above, and divine sight comes; 9) color—lavender; planet—Uranus; element—mahatattva; sense— intuition; petals—two; the aum of the pañchakshara mantra.
1) The seventh chakra, named sahasrara in Sanskrit; 2) attribute—illumination; 3) located at the crown of the head; 4) in the area of the mind of the sahasrara chakra in full bloom, a radiant display of lights of various pastel colors is seen; 5) it is mystically seen extending above the head as a thousand-petaled lotus made of quantums of light particles; 6) this center of divine, actinic force holds the intelligence of the inner and outer bodies; 7) its center holds the secrets of divine sight; 8) the door to the universe; 9) color—gold; planet—Neptune; element/ sense—void; petals—one thousand and eight.
Please enjoy this recently released video about the monastery by Karolina Goswami. She, her husband and her young son had visited the monastery last year and interviewed some of our monks. We provided them with some quad copter footage which you'll see here. In case you're wondering, she plans to adjust the title which isn't inclusive of all of our monks.
Today our two taskforcers opened a large wooden crate that had recently arrived from Colorado. Inside is six bronze stanchions which will support our long granite chains as they encircle the silpi pavilion. These stanchions were done in wax by Holly Young and were then crafted in metal by Page Bronze in Colorado.
Our July 2019 news video covers events in June 2019, including: Iraivan Temple progress, Satguru's recent travels, construction at the Mauritius Spiritual Park and our visiting taskforcers.
Today one of our taskforcers took these photos around the aadheenam. It's always nice to see what someone visiting the aadheenam takes notice of in our wondrous, natural setting.
Today was Kauai Aadheenam's weekly public tour. Here are the shining faces of the many forms of Siva that came to visit. While here they were treated to an excellent introduction to Iraivan and the basics of Hinduism before walking out through the sacred gardens to see the siplis in action at Iraivan Temple. Aum Namah Sivaya.
Yesterday Dr. Maruthu Darmalingam arrived at the aadheenam for two weeks of taskforce. Perfect timing to enjoy the special guru puja which will take place in a few days during Guru Purima
Today marks the end of our monks' five day week. Every week on the last day of the phase, many monks do cleaning in their offices. Here we find the Siddhidatta Kulam monks doing some housekeeping. Such a routine keeps the energies flowing. Having an unkempt environment can have a negative impact on our work. Aum Namah Sivaya.
An updated version of the story detailing the creation of Kauai Aadheenam's 13-foot-tall bronze Hanuman. By Rajkumar Manickam
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