unique weekend program creates a space for parents practicing passage
meditation and their children to be in community with other families who are
working on living out the same ideals and, of course, to have fun.
pleased to share this behind-the-scenes look at this weekend event, and hope
that it inspires you to find creative ways to share your own spiritual practice
with those in your life.
Easwaran was growing up his granny, who was also his spiritual teacher, called
him “Little Lamp.”
Sometimes my granny used to say in
front of my friends or acquaintances, “Little Lamp, you’re not going to be like
anybody else.” It used to bother and embarrass me deeply. “Granny,” I
complained, “you shouldn’t say things like that. Lots of boys I know do well in
“That’s not what I mean,” she said.
“Your love is making you blind,” I
protested. “You don’t know me. I have lots of faults.”
“You don’t know yourself,” she
corrected. “I know you have faults.” I gulped. “You do?”
“Of course. I know faults you don’t
know I know. I even know faults that you don’t know.” (I have to admit that
took me aback.) “But, Little Lamp, you also don’t know what your real
capabilities are. I know that too.”
I have said before that Granny wasn’t
good with words, and I never could get her to explain any further. I didn’t
understand, and I did not agree; I was a very ordinary boy. Only much later did
I remember her words and realize that she was talking about immense
capabilities which lie unsuspected in every one of us – the limitless inner
resources of the Atman.
term of endearment, Little Lamp, inspired the BMCM logo of the South Indian
lamp – and was also the theme of this summer’s event!
weekend centered around the theme of being a lamp – recognizing that each of us
has a special contribution to share with the world. The day included stories,
passages, crafts, and workshops all centered around this theme.
Stories, Puja & Workshops
the morning puja, a prayer ceremony
from the Hindu tradition which Easwaran brought to the Family Program, families
sat together to light the oil lamp in celebration of the spiritual figures of
all traditions. Children worked together to identify each tradition on the puja
table – from Sri Krishna, to Saint Francis, to the Buddha, to Sri Ganesha and