In this age of Dwapara great things are manifested primarily by clear focused energy. It is that energy that draws the needed resources and reveals the details in its unimpeded flow.
One day it was Janakidevi’s inspiration that we should direct some of that flow toward a small shrine that would be within our means to create right now. The Ananda Church in Beaverton had an affordable 2-foot high seated statue of Yogananda for sale – perfect for our little shrine. An internet search yielded some design ideas that seemed right and Byasa worked up a detailed plan.
Janakidevi walked the land alone, tuning into just the right spot to build the shrine and drove a stake in the ground to mark it. Daiva brought in his heavy equipment and cleared the blackberries and scotch broom. It must have been quite a battle; at one point the muddy hillside captured the tractor mower. The scotch broom fought back by puncturing the underbelly of the tractor. At other points the blackberries hid old fences lying in wait to tangle up in the equipment, but Daiva and the forces of light won out against the invasive flora and the hillside now offers a wonderful unobstructed view of Laurelwood valley.
Divine Mother sent us Stephen Pettengill who is a landscape professional to do the masonry work. Byasa set about to construct the wooden parts in his garage. Thanks to an early generous donation we were able to buy the needed materials. Ananda Center at Laurelwood pitched in with machines and manpower to clear and level the site and help erect the structure. (Thanks especially to Yudhisthira, Jacob and Ken) In true Many-Hands-Make-a-Miracle spirit the shrine was completed in time for sculptor Gary Roller’s visit — with hours to spare.
Now with the little shrine in place it feels like the project has a beachhead in physical reality and a spot where visitors can tune into the energy flow that has just begun to manifest. This park will be a decades-long journey which, like any journey starts with one small step which in this case is a modest shrine to the planetary-wide consciousness-transforming work spearheaded and symbolized by Paramhansa Yogananda.
(All photos by Byasa or Janakidevi)