Newsletter May 2014
Summer 2014 has revealed itself to be a time of transition and new beginnings. We've said goodbye and goodluck to long-term resident Annapoorna and wished her well in her new adventures in Singapore. Also, after a whopping 8-year stay, much-loved senior resident Mangalananda has decided to take a step back from the centre. He will continue to do karma yoga but will be less involved in the day-to-day running of things. The new year has also seen a flurry of new and returnee karma yogis come to work their magic in the office, grounds and the kitchen.
Swami Gyan Dharma made a welcome return in February, blessing us with his guidance and inspiration. Swami Gyan Dharma has been a regular visitor to Anahata over the last five years, often staying for as long as four months. Swami Atmapoorna also paid a ten-day visit and was busy revamping the website. We would like to say a big thank you to both Swamis for their continued support and look forward to welcoming them both back again soon.
The energy of Shakti also made her presence felt in February in two special wedding havans. Congratulations to Swami Samnyasananda and Neelpadma and to Gyan and Swaha. We wish you all the best and beautiful, happy lives together.
Swami Karma Karuna's daughter Sunnie (Atma Sundari) came to stay for a short while during her summer vacation. Sunnie is also regularly involved with the local "Tides" rites of passage community group. For the first time, mother and daughter led us together through a series of thought-provoking exercises showing us how to communicate from a place of strength or flow.
In news from the garden, we've had an abundance of kale and garlic this season. Cranberries, blackcurrants and pears have been a real treat. We've also been busy upgrading the waste water system and laying 250kg of new piping through the bush.
Thankfully, Cyclone Ita did minimal damage to all Anahata buildings, however the trees across the property didn't fair so well. Both tracks down to and around the buildings were blocked by fallen trees and many now boast new sea views!
Two days after the storm, karma yogis were busy working on the roof at the main building. A massive thank you to Nick Hight for all his hard work and advice with this project.
During January, we had a family of visitors of the feathered variety. Four wekas (flightless, native New Zealand birds) made regular appearances on the lawns around Atma Mandir and Surya. They even popped into the office one afternoon, pooed at the entrance and then went out again! On more bird news, the Anahata chickens have been paying some uninvited visits to the garden, scratching up fruit-tree mulch and hiding their eggs. After an inspection of their coop, Matt found their escape hole and patched it back up. The chickens are now back where they belong and eggs have made a welcome return to the Anahata kitchen. On an auspicious note, at Navaratri, a morepork owl made a dramatic entrance during the first havan. An owl is traditionally considered the vehicle of Lakshmi (the goddess of abundance). We'd just finished chanting 108 rounds of the Durga gayatri and she flew into Atma Mandir, did a lap round the fire and was guided out again. We called Devi and she came! What a blessing!