A new phase begins with its infinite possibilities. We have six days of service for Siva ahead, diligently working with our kulams in many tasks.
In a few days Bodhinatha and Arumugaswami will travel to South India.
A homa connected our work with our inner team, the Devas. Gurudeva taught us to work really closely with God, the Gods and the Devas, and the homas help us keep the channels open. We also inform them of our needs and plans through prayers offered to the fire.
The ritual is so ancient in its form, as is the Sri Rudram chant that the monks intone.
Sadhaka Rajanatha has been taking classes on Sri Rudram chanting and now joins the group.
Bodhinatha offers all prayers. Many things come to be burned, as the Devas instructed: personal letters, vows, contracts and requests. Anything that is needed to keep the Devas informed.
Agni, the messenger, diligently carries them.
Today Maruthu Dharmalingam took his Bramacharya Vrata, vowing to live a pure and celibate life.
Bodhinatha ties the sacred cord around his waist.
Lord Hanuman sits really close to the fire. We invoke Him to help build Iraivan.
Bodhinatha offers grains as we chant “Aum Ham Haum Sivaya Svaha,” near the high point of the puja.
After all are hooked up to inner vibrations, our Satguru gives a talk on a mystical subject. Today Bodhinatha explained intriguing things about the human aura.
We will post it soon.
Later in the day, the Aadheenam was filled with guests. That seems to be the norm these days. One of them was Shivani, this bright young girl. She was happy to recite the Gayatri Mantra by heart, without a single mistake.
aum tat savitur vareyam
bhargo devasya dhimahi
dhiyo yo na prachodayat
Swami Vivekananda freely translated it thus:
“Aum. We meditate on the glory of that Being who has produced this universe; may He enlighten our minds.”
Her parents said she had a strong wish to meet a Swami and would not leave before meeting one. Well, we have a wish-fulfilling crystal here, and there she is with Paramacharya Palaniswami!
The letter "Ya" in the Panchakshara Mantra, Namasivaya, stands for the soul. Bodhinatha uses the Panchakshara Mantra to show how the soul is initially drawn by Siva's veiling grace, which leads the soul to maturity through experience in the world. Then comes Siva's revealing grace. When we've had enough of the world, Siva's grace pulls us toward God. The mantra also has the simple, two-syllable form. Si- Reflecting on God the Transcendent Absolute, Va-God as the All Pervading Consciousness