On the recommendation of devotee, Shakti Mahadevan, this very devout meditation group of ladies arrived for the very beautiful and powerful morning puja in Kadavul Temple, followed by a tour of the Iraivan Temple. All are from Washington State and Oregon. Linda Melhoff (purple shawl) remembers meeting Gurudeva in 2001. She felt especially blessed when Gurudeva came and talked with her in the temple at that time. Before her departure today Linda stated that after her visit here she felt "completely fulfilled spiritually."
Dr. Kamlesh Thaker and his wife, Chhays Thaker, R.N. pose at the monasterie's famous "Lookout." Dr. Thaker is a cardiologist specializing in the Intensive Care Unit, while his wife, Chhays, is an ICU nurse both serving at the same facility in Houston, TX. They were especially blessed to receive the darshan of Sat Guru Bodhinatha Veylanswami this morning following the puja in Kadavul Temple.
Dr. Viren Jhaveri and Dr. Shamila Jhaveri pose with Aakash (13) and Ansh (6) following a tour of the Iraivan Temple and gardens. This lovely family is from Westbury, NY (originally Mumbai). Shamila felt the peaceful energy here and wants to return to this spiritual paradise again soon.
The blessings of Lord Murugan awaken wisdom which resides in his chakra. "Pray to Lord Murugan to unravel the great mysteries of the universe." When we get emotional we lose touch with our wisdom. Murugan inspires penance to soften karmas and purify the mind, chitta-shuddhi. If you do kavadi in the right spirit, to get the full blessing, have in mind specific misdeeds, apologize to the deity, learn from it, promise to do your best. Visions are still happening. Feeling the energy of the deity is stronger during festivals such as Skanda Shashti.