For over thirty years Gurudeva gave granite images to help start many temples throughout America and around the world. This gift has entered the temple puranam (Temple History Story) of many temples. We just recently received this note from Kanniks Kannikeswaran
“Namaste, I am forwarding another song here that I had composed in Tamil in commemoration of the kumbhabhishekam of the image of Murugan (with Valli and Devasena) at the Cincinnati temple. The image was gifted to the temple by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami. [referred to in the song as the “sage of Kauai”]
[click below to play the song.]
karu maNal nirai malai urai kavvai muniyaarkkaruLvOnE
(One who was dear to the sage of Kauai a land filled with rich black soil and mountains)
naru maNam kamazh tamizh urai avvai mozhiyil magizhvOnE
(One who delights in the beautiful tamil of Avvaiyaar)
tiripuram tanai eRi seyum avvaindu mugan pudalvOnE
(the son of the destroyer of the tripuras i.e. the five faces Siva)
naravari ena avatari avvaikunthan marugOnE
(the nephew of the lord of Vaikuntha who incarnated as narasimha)
siva gurumani ena piraNavam urai guha tiru murugEsA
(One who recited the praNava in the capacity of the guru of Siva)
tava neRi tanil vaLar tamizhk kuRamagaL manamagizh maNavALA
(the consort of the tamil kuramagal valli)
saravaNabhava guhavena paNindiDum adiyOrkkaruLvAyE
(one who blesses those that approach him)
nava puramenum pazhamudir padiyinil viLangum perumALE
(pazhamudirsolai murugan in the form of murugan at navapuram)
Note: The image of Murugan with Valli and Devasena was presented to the Cincinnati temple by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniya Swami of the Kauai Aadheenam; the image was consecrated in 2004 in the presence of Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami . The Cincinnati Hindu temple is located just of the NewTown exit (navapuram): Murugan here is conceived as ‘palamudirsolai murugan’. I sang and recorded this composition in 2003. It was released as part of a CD titled ‘Skanda’ at the kumbhabhishekam in 2004.
Jai Muruga! Thank you Mr. Kanniks Kannikeswaran; you are a true Murugan devotee. Such a wonderful song cannot originate from anyone other than a true Murugan devotee. Is the CD with your song available for me to purchase?
Bodhinatha continues with his weekly series of commentaries on The Path to Siva. In this past Sun One talk, he elucidates the four key beliefs in Hinduism, the three pillars of Sanatana Dharma and Gurudeva's three stages of faith. Primary to Hinduism is the key belief that God is within each of us. To have a well-rounded understanding and experience of Hinduism, to make spiritual progress, adhyatma vikasha, we need scripture, humility, temple worship, devotion. To fully experience God we need the guru to give the spark for meditation and deeper wisdom.