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Friday, December 05, 2008

new Baba murthi!

new Baba murthi!
Originally uploaded by alxindia

and of course, the next photo has to be of this guy. the beautiful, amazing Baba murthi (living statue) arrived just a few days before we had our first official retreat in the new temple facility -- it took 5 guys to wheel him on a dolly. he is 350 lbs of Baba.

we are unbelievably blessed and lucky to have this avatar of Dattatreya grace the SW corner of our new temple. it really is his home, not ours. we are just guests in his lila, players on his stage.

the next step -- getting him inside the main temple!

aha! photos back.....

and of course the first photo would be of the new UCBK temple....

here's our front door - an Om with a view!

Monday, December 01, 2008

Rumi on suffering

Whatever the blow that arrives from heaven
Wait to receive a robe of honor afterwards:
He is not a King who thrashes you and then
Does not give you a crown and a throne to rest on.
The world is worth less than the eye of a mosquito,
Yet for a single blow there is infinite reward:
Take from your neck now the world's golden collar,
Receive with no protection the blows God sends.
Didn't the Prophets receive blows on their necks?
That pain is what forced them to hold their heads high.
Never abandon your innermost core even a moment
so the Beloved will always find you at home.
Otherwise, He'll remove His robe of honor and say,
"I came to see him Myself, and found no one in."

-- Rumi