The auspicious day has arrived. Joyous misty devotional feelings of love, gratitude and sense of awesome appreciation for the great gift of the living preceptor and the heritage of our lineage, fills the air and our hearts.
It is 6 am and Bodhinatha has arrived at the Third World section of San Marga with devotees and monks to parade to the Swayambhu Lingam.
~~~~~~~~~~~ END OF PHASE
Today is the last day of our phase.
This edition of TAKA will remain posted
over our coming three-day full moon Guru purnima retreat,
until Dasami Tithi, Sun One, Thursday, July9th.
Up on the chariot.
The early rays of dawn before the sun comes up light our way amid showers the freshen the air.
Arriving at the Swayambhu square, Yogi Jivanandanatha, the priest today, greets our beloved Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami.
Bodhinatha is in cheery spirits as he puts his feet on the padukas.
The pada puja begins. The vibration of which is only known to those who attend. It is magical mystical event when all the teachings of Saiva Siddhanta seem to converge in a powerful moment of high Truth.
Bodhinatha dives deep within to merge in the Self.
The affirmation that the Self is within each of us, and that the Satguru is the living manifestation of that truth becomes a palpable reality during the Guru puja.
Tuning in to the Satguru at this moment, one also tunes into one’s deepest Self. The subtle kundalini comes alive and it becomes clear what is the meaning of “arul” or grace as understood in Saiva Siddhanta.
After the puja Bodhinatha blesses each of the devotees.
The monks tend the fire as everyone sings bhajans in praise of the Guru:
“Om Gurunatha, Jeya Gurunatha!”
Jeya Gurunatha, Sat Gurunatha,
Sat Gurunatha, Siva Gurunatha!
Siva Gurunatha, Aum Gurunatha…..”
“Diving deep in the ocean of Universal love, You will sense
godly love permeates every pore of Your atomic cells.
Diving deep into Satguru’s Ocean of transcendental cosmic
love, You will receive bursting arrays of Pure Love.”
Prostrations to our Loving Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami.May I be forever grateful for your love.With the blessing of Lord Ganesa I am hopeful to one day be in your physical presence on this special day.It is all so beautiful ,Anbe Sivamayam Satyame Parasivam!Aum Toshadevi
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