Nigel Siva sent us this announcement about the upcoming Ilankai Nallur Kathirkama Kanthan festival to be held on August 7th and 8th at the Murugan Temple of North America in Lanham, Maryland. Bodhinatha and Shanmuganathaswami will be attending this event, an annual pilgrimage they have both been making since 2004. The devotees of the temple are quite excited with this year's festival as they have a beautiful new chariot to take Lord Murugan around the temple. This Murugan temple is one of few in North American where devotees carry kavadi with spears. To see last year's 2008 Nallur Festival see the YouTube Nallur Festival Video
The soul body plus the essence of the soul, Parashakti and Parasiva, together equals the totality of the soul. The essence of the soul is being Siva and the soul body is becoming Siva. The soul body is maturing, growing. We suffer until we learn to control our body, mind and emotions achieving imperturbability even if we find out the world is going to end tomorrow. Calmness is a platform for meditation.