Bodhinatha and Shanmuganathaswami finished their stay at the Murugan Temple where they participated in the annual Nallur Chariot festival. We have more photos and video of the events coming later.
Om Sivaya, everyone,
We were at the temple from 11 AM to 6 PM yesterday for the last part of the Muruga abhishekam, blessings of the utsava murti. After the Abhishekam we took the utsava murti out to the new chariot and paraded it around the temple slowly for two hours or so, stopping at banners for each of the Arupadaiveedu temples for a puja. After a mid-day break we observed the kalyanam of the utsava murti followed by my talk. There was a grand crowd, possibly even more than eht 750 expected.
Click here to view an article with nice photos about the Maryland temple chariot festival on Tamilnet.
Today they left for Albany, New York, to meet with some experts in alternative energy to discuss options for the Aadheenam.
Key concepts: Naalupadasaivam: "A Saiva doctrine that the initiate should pass successively through charya, kriya, yoga and jnana stages and thence obtain moksha." The charya pada, the dasa marga, path of servitude. Sharing the world of God. The kriya pada, satputra marga, true son's way. Nearness to God. The yoga pada, sakha marga, way of the friend, experiencing inner light, sharing the superconscious mind. We talk to God. The jnana pada, san marga, sayujya patavi, union with God. There is no difference between Siva and the soul. God is our dearest Beloved. The three types of temples provide training and experience leading to worship and meditation in the Atma kovil.