Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami , 1998-08-30
Gurudeva talks about the monastic retreat day called "Guha Day," what the monks do on such retreat days and the meaning of "Guha" the cave within the heart; tking to rest from external affairs and going within.
This is our second retreat day. We are so happy that you have come to see us in cyberspace. This is the day when the mathavasis, the Hindu monks at Kauai Aadheenam, go within themselves into the light of their soul. Each one has a private guha. That is why we call it 'Guha Day'.
It is a time for washing our clothes, we have no servants. It is a time for paying attention to our inner self, realizing the Self. It is only the soul that can realize the Self, but we have to realize the soul first. It is a time for the young monks to realize that they are not their mind, they are not their body, they are not their emotions. They are a living soul, with a soul body that has all the chakras in it, a being of light. That is very hard for some. They have to struggle with that, because there are memories of the past and the hopes of the future that have to be renounced. That is renunciation. You can do that too, at least one day a week. Think that day is your 'Guha Day'.
Guha means cave and the cave is within your heart, the lotus of the heart. It is within your head, above your head. It is your soul. The external mind would rest from things, memories, the future, activities and computers and goes within himself. Every once in awhile, every 5 days, 6 days, sometimes 7 days, we have a Guha Day. We are on the lunar calendar here. Our calendar does not relate to the rest of the people here on the beautiful island of Kauai. But, they love us and they appreciate us. They also tune in on Guha Day. You can, too. Take time out to be silent and realize. First realization on the path, that you are a perfect, indestructible soul, with powers such as will-power, memory, powers of reason, powers of cognition. Whether you know it or not, at this very moment you are seeing with your third eye, because you are understanding this message.