The monks have finished the first edition of our new monthly video and are happy to present it here. This month, Bodhinatha tells us of his travels to Arizona, Illinois, California and Ontario. Iraivan Temple gets a floor and a ceiling, a silpi departs the monastery after five years of service, hundreds of guests come from all walks of life, monks go on a high-tech educational voyage to New York and California, the nation of Nepal, the world’s last Hindu kingdom, goes secular, and we enjoy a video message from Gurudeva about sadhana and willpower.
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Stay tuned in the next few weeks for the July edition!
Guru Purnima at Our Mauritius Spiritual Park and Monastery
Mauritius devotees celebrated Guru Purnima on Sunday, the first day of the Guru Purnima Festival. Sishyas met at the Ganesha Mandapam where a special peedam was set for the Pada puja…
A cool morning and silence pervaded the Mandapam while the pada puja is being conducted.
The Guru’s Holy Sandals….
Kulapaties Manon, Koothan and Kulagan…
Devotees sang Narchintanai….
The arati…. everyone chanted the Guru Mantra…
Kulapati Mardemotoo gave a talk from two sections of the book “Living With Siva”. Emphasis was on the nature of God Siva and the need to spread the Guru’s teachings through inviting everyone to have a copy of the Saivite Trilogy.
Devotees are listening….
The Tiruvadi is covered with flowers…
Happy Guru Purnima to Beloved Satguru Bodhinatha from Mauritius sishyas…
Time for everyone to prostrate at the Holy Tiruvadi…
The youth joyfully waiting for their turn to prostrate at the Holy Tiruvadi.
Master Course, Level 2 student, Mootoocurpen leading a Natchintanai.
Devotees come forward for the flame and other blessed items.
Ravind Doorghiat and his wife have joined the Church membership. They are from Kulapati Koothan kutumba and have been long time dedicated arulsishyas of the Church. A happy Saivite family now… Congratulations!
What Happened Today at the Monastery?
Here Panshula meets with Shanmuganathaswami. Panshula Ganeshan explains how much Gurudeva changed his life for the better.
About 7 years ago, Panshula spent a few months here on task force. Pansula explained how, by following Gurudeva’s advice and staying in close communication, his life was transformed and continues to transform. The monks are so happy to hear his testimonies. Thank you Panshula!
Within our Saiva Siddhanta Holy Scriptures the Saiva Agamas explain the basis of temple ceremonies and worship plus yoga and jnana. The Tirukural was considered by Gurudeva to be "the most accessible and relevant sacred text." In it are practical and helpful guidelines for our conduct in every day life. The point of family life is to gain steady improvement, forever, in self control in the midst of responsibilities in the fulfillment of family dharma. Meanwhile, not taking detachment too far but taking it in the sense of spiritually looking for happiness, not outside in other people or possessions, the world, but inside ourselves and then sharing it with family and friends. "We regard the writings of our satgurus as scripture."
Path to Siva, Lesson 20
Tirukural, Introduction and Contents
Tirukural, Chapter 15 Possession of Self-Control
"The temple enables us to feel the presence of God, Gods and devas." We use our inner eyes to see what's going on in the temple, the three worlds. In the temple we're being good dvaitists in the dimfi perspective, focused in bhakti upon God Siva. In meditation we're monists, in the shumif perspective. We claim our oneness with Siva, Sivoham, I am Siva. In surrender, shrinking the ego through devotion, we have a realization that we're not the doer, that Siva is doing it all. Siva's energy comes through our soul.