Swamiji shares with us the news of the establishment of a small shrine to Divine Mother at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama. In March 2012, there will be an installation of a crystal Shri Yantra and a 21 day Shri Vidya Sadhana, and on 1st April 2012, the consecration of the Lady of Compassion.
11 November 2011, an auspicious day here. Swami Veda returned. In addition to all the children and our big extended family, it was as if all of nature rose up to meet him. A little earlier, a conch-resounding procession went from the Shiva-lingam temple to the gate. Children were eagerly running alongside as word spread throughout the ashram that Swamiji’s car was near and he would arrive within minutes.
The word auspicious comes from the Latin and recalls the ancient Roman practice of divination by observing the signs from the birds. On the day of Swami Veda’s return, a friend remarked that she was sure she heard some birds chirping loudly “Veda! Veda!” during morning meditation. She said it was as if the birds were declaring “Swami Veda is coming! Swami Veda is coming!” She also felt they were saying He is The Veda.
From Sacred Journey: Living Purposefully and Dying Gracefully by Swami Rama
Swami Rama: "This is the secret of the mystery of death, and the key to understanding life: God pervades all, and God is the Atman animating our soul, the life of our life. Atman is everlasting, unchangeable, and therefore not subject to death. Only that which is perishable is subject to death, the perishable is there only to serve as a tool in the discovery of what is imperishable. It is the body that dies, the garment that provides the covering for the soul on its visit to the worldly plane. The inner Self remains unaffected. It does not and cannot die because it is eternal."
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