Several visitors from New York, Nevada, and California enjoyed the enchantment of the Aadheenam spiritual paradise.
Shivakummar and Shanta Dandappanavara, Sarojini and Natraj Narayanswami, and Aruna and Vikas Pabpat in front of the entrance to the Iraivan Temple.
Vena Chitturi and Ashwin Cattamanchi arrived with their families and friends for a special blessing prior to their wedding which will take place tomorrow on a beautiful property in Kilauea on Kauai.
Following a wonderfully uplifting puja in the Kadavul Temple, they and their large wedding party toured the very beautiful Iraivan Temple.
Vena and Ashwin pose in front of the granite pillar depicting the Tirukalyanum or Hindu wedding. Immortalized in stone, one can see the groom leading his bride by the hand taking those seven steps around the homa fire -- symbolizing those seven sacred vows.
In front of the famous Lion Pillars
Families and guests pose with Vena and Ashwin in front of the entrance to the temple.
A special invitation into the Guru Temple later awaited them where Ashwin and Vena received the special blessings of Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami.
No Responses to “Blessings prior to a Hindu Wedding”
Within our Saiva Siddhanta Holy Scriptures the Saiva Agamas explain the basis of temple ceremonies and worship plus yoga and jnana. The Tirukural was considered by Gurudeva to be "the most accessible and relevant sacred text." In it are practical and helpful guidelines for our conduct in every day life. The point of family life is to gain steady improvement, forever, in self control in the midst of responsibilities in the fulfillment of family dharma. Meanwhile, not taking detachment too far but taking it in the sense of spiritually looking for happiness, not outside in other people or possessions, the world, but inside ourselves and then sharing it with family and friends. "We regard the writings of our satgurus as scripture."
Path to Siva, Lesson 20
Tirukural, Introduction and Contents
Tirukural, Chapter 15 Possession of Self-Control
"The temple enables us to feel the presence of God, Gods and devas." We use our inner eyes to see what's going on in the temple, the three worlds. In the temple we're being good dvaitists in the dimfi perspective, focused in bhakti upon God Siva. In meditation we're monists, in the shumif perspective. We claim our oneness with Siva, Sivoham, I am Siva. In surrender, shrinking the ego through devotion, we have a realization that we're not the doer, that Siva is doing it all. Siva's energy comes through our soul.