We enjoyed an incredible retreat and Guru Purnima over the past couple of weeks. The feeling here would be difficult to describe. Every day the weather felt like those summer days of childhood… clean, fresh, … magical. The group dynamic was so very fine… allowing the knowledge to go very deep during lectures and classes. During the Sarvadevata and Guru Havans, the discussions with Panditji were profound and beautiful. I tried to paraphrase them for this blog, but words on a page could just not capture the feeling, so I felt like it was not proper to even try.
Evenings were cool and beautiful. As has become my Guru Purnima middle of the night tradition, I got out of bed, walked out in the back yard and gazed at the moon… an occasional cloud floated before it… the ground, sky, trees, and buildings softly glowing in the moonlight.
The sublime feeling of deep friendship and community permeated every moment of every day. On the last day, as we left the temple after the Ganesh Puja, the tender feelings of closure of that beautiful time permeated all our hearts. Upon arriving home, I could only sit, gaze out my window, and rest quietly with the fine feelings of what we all created together.
The whole experience felt imbued with a deep and sustained level of purity, beyond any I’ve previously enjoyed.
It was inspirational, motivational, and completely natural!
….the feeling lies to deep for words.
I can say since my first summer retreat in 1998, I’ve walked away feeling “younger” than I remember feeling when I was a child…. That feeling (or state) has returned with every summer, winter and fall retreat since…
Missing a retreat, even a day, or a round, feels like turning your back on everything that is right in the life.
Thanks again, for setting all of this up for us !!!
It was a beautiful, inspirational week. Feeling very fortunate and thankful to have been there.
The feeling for Retreat was majestic. A deep sweetness seemed to fill the hearts of all in attendance. The turnout was awesome and you could really feel the progress in the group. I am humbled to be a part of what is happening at Mount Soma.
Jai Guru Dev!
It was a deep, smooth, peaceful, and lovely retreat. Throughout the week, I heard many comment as such. It was also great fun to see everyone and enjoy the beautiful and relaxing summer moments with dear friends.
Thank you for this and the many gifts you have given us.
This had been my first summer retreat for a while and it was great to see old friends and meet new ones. I was glad to be there for class, meditation and Guru Purnima. Jai Guru Dev! All that I have become is because of you and your teachings.
It felt like an ever so sweet coherence permeated the group the whole week. Very touching…
Thank you for your inspiring vision and relentless efforts to create this unique community and what is still to come.