During the 9/11 attacks Gurudeva spoke to assuage the fears that arose from the senseless killings. People everywhere were thrown into the lower chakras and he urged all to not go there. Instead, he offered that this tragedy would pass. In the meantime, he said we can use this time of outer disturbance to strengthen our inner life and sadhana. Dive deeply within, where we are perfect, calm, fearless. Now the entire globe faces another crisis. It is rare for every household in every township in every nation to be thinking about the same thing, isolating in the same way. It is a shared humanity that arches above differences and touches each one in exactly the same way. It may even have the power to change us as a species, for the better.
In Living with Siva Gurudeva speaks of protection in the home (where many are now secluded):
"When the devas within your home see you performing your sadhana each day, they give you psychic protection. They hover around you and keep away the extraneous thought forms that come from the homes of your neighbors or close friends and relatives. They all mentally chant "Aum Namah Sivaya," keeping the vibration of the home alive with high thoughts and mantras so that the atmosphere is scintillating, creating for you a proper environment to delve within yourself. The fact that the devonic world is involved is one more good reason why you must choose a specific time for sadhana and religiously keep to that time each day, for you not only have an appointment with yourself but with the devas as well. ...
Feel the power of the Gods in the puja. If you don't feel them, if you are just going through ritual and don't feel anything, you are not awake. Get the most out of every experience that the temple offers, the guru offers, the devas offer, that your life's experiences, which you were born to live through, offer. In doing so, slowly the kundalini begins to loosen and imperceptibly rise into its yoga.
That's what does the yoga; it's the kundalini seeking its source, like the tree growing, always reaching up to the Sun. It is up to you to make the teachings a part of your life by working to understand each new concept as you persist in your daily religious practices. As a result, you will be able to brave the forces of the external world without being disturbed by them and fulfill your dharma in whatever walk of life you have chosen. Because your daily sadhana has regulated your nerve system, the quality of your work in the world will improve, and your mood in performing it will be confident and serene. When your sadhana takes hold, you may experience a profound calmness within yourself. This calmness that you experience as a result of your meditation is called Satchidananda, the natural state of the mind. To arrive at that state, the instinctive energies have been lifted to the heart chakra and beyond, and the mind has become absolutely quiet. This is because you are not using your memory faculty. You are not using your reason faculty. You are not trying to move the forces of the world with your willpower faculty. You are simply resting within yourself.
Therefore, if you are ever bothered by the external part of you, simply return to this inner, peaceful state as often as you can. You might call it your "home base." From here you can have a clear perception of how you should behave in the external world, a clear perception of your future and a clear perception of the path ahead. This is a superconscious state, meaning "beyond normal consciousness." So, simply deepen this inner state by being aware that you are aware.
He alone may be called a householder who supports students, elders and renunciates pursuing well their good paths.
The virtuous householder supports the needs of renunciates, ancestors and the poor.
The foremost duty of family life is to serve duly these five: God, guests, kindred, ancestors and oneself.
The posterity of householders who gather wealth without misdeeds and share meals without miserliness will never perish.
When family life possesses love and virtue, it has found both its essence and fruition.
If a man masters the duties of married life, what further merits could monkhood offer him?
Among those who strive for liberation, the foremost are they who live the blessed state of family life as it should be lived.
The householder dedicated to duty and to aiding ascetics on their path of penance endures more than they do.
Domestic life is rightly called virtue. The monastic path, rightly lived beyond blame, is likewise good.
He who rightly pursues the householder’s life here on Earth will be rightfully placed among the Gods there in Heaven
The Scriptures exalt above every other good the greatness of virtuous renunciates.
Attempting to speak of the renunciate’s magnitude is like numbering all the human multitudes who have ever died.
Behold those who have weighed the dual nature of things and followed the renunciate’s way. Their greatness illumines the world.
He whose firm will, wisdom’s goading hook, controls his five senses is a seed that will flourish in the fields of Heaven.
Such is the power of those who subdue the five senses, that even Indra, sovereign of spacious Heaven’s celestials, suffered their curse.
The magnificent ones are they who can dispatch the most difficult tasks; the insignificant ones are they who cannot.
Touch, taste, sight, smell and hearing are the senses—he who controls these five magically controls the world.
Their own subtle sayings reveal to the world the greatness of men whose words prove prophetic.
It is impossible to endure, even for a second, the wrath of those who have scaled and stand upon the mountain called virtue.
Pious men are called the priestly ones, for they are clothed in robes of compassion for all life.
It is the unfailing fall of rain that sustains the world. Therefore, look upon rain as the nectar of life.
Rain produces man’s wholesome food; and rain itself forms part of his food besides.
Though oceanic waters surround it, the world will be deluged by hunger’s hardships if the billowing clouds betray us.
When clouds withhold their watery wealth, farmers cease to ply their plows.
It is rain that ruins, and it is rain again that raises up those it has ruined.
Unless raindrops fall from the sky, not a blade of green grass will rise from the earth.
The very nature of oceans, though vast, would diminish if clouds ceased to take up water and replenish rain’s gifts.
Should the heavens dry up, worship here of the heavenly ones in festivals and daily rites would wither.
Unless the heavens grant their gifts, neither the giver’s generosity nor the ascetic’s detachment will grace this wide world.
No life on Earth can exist without water, and water’s ceaseless flow cannot exist without rain.
This week Lord Hanuman arrived on Kauai in all His green-jade-bronze glory. Our freight company brought him up to the aadheenam and placed him next to the mound upon which he will stand long into the future. With the help of Yoginathaswami in our CAT skidsteer, the team carefully lowered Hanuman's heavy crate to the ground, after which, our hired worker Doug made quick work of the side paneling. What was revealed was nothing short of a masterpiece. Next week we will enjoy the exciting moment when Hanuman is stood up and placed on His hillock. Jai Hanuman!
For the past two weeks two teams in Loveland, Colorado, have been crating Lord Hanuman, getting him ready to take a voyage across the Pacific to Kauai Aadheenam
Today He is at the Oakland Port getting ready for His cruise. The crating alone is a major task as you will see in the slideshow.
Jai Hanuman! Model of Loyalty, Strength and Service to Siva.
As you know the monks are always hard at work on the next book or publication. For our next (yet to be revealed) project, we received three potential options for the the cover artwork. The first one appeared here a few weeks ago. Here is the second option received. Check back next week and we'll reveal the piece that we've chosen for the book.
"We're not trying to explain the unexplainable. Just trying to help those who are sincere figure out where to go to experience it." - Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami
Aum Namah Sivaya.
Our monks are heading into a three-day retreat, so you'll hear from us again on Saturday. We've put together a fun little guessing game for you. Time to peruse through a very small world, and find out just how vast it is. If something so small can be so big, than what we consider big must be huge, right? Yet for all its vast vistas, our beautiful planet is but a speck floating through nearly infinite space, and existing as a short blip in an infinite cycle of time. Surely if time and space are infinite in all directions, it is our awareness and perspective that matter most. With all of that existence "out there," and with a personal evolution spanning untold eons, on untold worlds, in untold dimensions, our inner Self has us experiencing a life that is right here, right Now. It must be rather important, don't you think?
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