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's Latest Upadeshas: "Not Getting Upset, Viewing Reaction from Higher Faculties" (September 14, 2014)
A measure of how serious we are in making spiritual progress is that we've learned the lesson from experience. Develop the ability to watch the mind think, understand the patterns of emotional action and reaction. Have the sense that you are a divine being to root out imperfections. Becoming upset is a temporary suspension of our higher faculties; transmute the energy into the third eye.
Master Course, Living with Siva, Lesson 149;
Master Course, Merging with Siva, Lesson 152;
Yogaswami, Words of our Master
"Eight Features of the Natha Sampradaya" (September 17, 2014)
We have to discover that part of us that is the Self. One of the important benefits of temple worship is it softens the ego. Recognize and love a Being greater than us, building humility. Go to Lord Murugan; His worship strengthens the kundalini. There's a power in learning through listening, shruti, that which is heard. Tradition, sadhana and tapas, informs, inspires, awakens potential.