by Swami Nirmalananda
A special day, today is not only Valentine’s Day, but also Ganesha’s birthday, Saraswati’s day and (Most Important) the anniversary of Nityananda’s enlivened murti installation over 50 years ago. It is the birthday of the murti!
The extra-special abhishek this morning included many more Brahmins with Vedic chanting continuing much longer than usual, an extra-long bathing routine and a sweet invitation to a swami (me) to come forward and help. Returning to Fire Mountain Ashram for breakfast, several yogis told me they were meditating during the abhishek and something prompted them to open their eyes — only to see me standing on the stool behind Bhagavan’s head, pouring water on his golden form. A great surprise for all of us!
We have begun a period of silence this evening, 24 hours of “functional silence” where people can say please and thank you, ask for help and (especially) repeat OM Nama.h “Sivaaya aloud! It’s time to cool everyone’s overheated brains. Dinner in the garden, with colored lights strung from the trees, with everyone sitting in a companionable silence.
Tomorrow I’ve asked them all to meditate more. You can too…