The following are a series of photos taken during Gurudeva’s Mahasamadhi ceremonies, directly followed by the six day Skanda Shashthi festival held during the months of October and November, attended by devotees from around the world.
Visiting devotees in front of the sanctum of the Iraivan Temple.
An evening view of the sacred Mt. Waialeale and Wailua river and, to the far right as twilight falls, one can see the Iraivan Temple.
Paramacharya Palaniswami with Ravi and Sheela Rahavendran and their two children, Mayuresh and Arthi.
With the visiting priest, Kumar Gurukkal, beside him, Paramacharya Palaniswami leads the way to the swayambhu lingam along the path of the Tamil Nayanar Saints.
Paramacharya Palaniswami performs abhishekam while Gurukkal chants devonic vedic chants to God Siva’s formless aspect of Parasivam.
Acharya Kumarswami then performs the sacred oblation to the Narmada lingam.
Devotees present also performed this holy traditional rite with water from the stream beside the lingam flowing from the most sacred Mt. Waialeale.
The Dandapanis, devotees from Alaska.
Paramacharya Palaniswami then led everyone to another area where Cocao trees and Neem trees were to be planted by all present.
Once the trees were in the ground, Kumar Gurukkal performed a puja blessing each tree in the traditional way.
Everyone then gathered around Paramacharya Palaniswami as he explained and shared the history and potential of the Cocao seed, as he lovingly handed out real chocolate squares for all to enjoy, oh so yummy!
. . . and then handed everyone the kernal of a Cocao seed to taste which tasted just like . . . chocolate!
Bodhinatha's Latest Upadeshas: "The Difference in Practice of Theism and Monism" (September 3, 2014)
During a puja we're in Theism, to receive the blessings of the Deity. After a puja we can go within our self in meditation, giving up the idea of an external Deity, Monism. Monistic Theism: Advaita Ishvaravada. Advaita means the Monism; Ishvara means the Theism.
In Shum we use two words that relate to that: shumif and dimfi. First, perfect your Theism. Then become a monist. That's called Saiva Siddhanta; one leads to the other.