Jai Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami! Happy Guru Jayanthi from all the sishyas of the sugar island of Mauritius. We all gathered on Thursday 15th evening to celebrate the auspicious event at the Ganesha Mandapam.
We are today posting a first series of photos of this Guru event.
With silent night falling over the Park, the Mandapam echoed with the uplifting vibration of Natchintanai songs.
A silent pada puja attentively followed by all….
Tirtadeva performed the ceremony assisted by Soundiren Arnasalon.
Devotees chanting the 108 names of Beloved Bodhinatha.
Devotees were reminded of the the meanings of the sanskrit chanting through the printed English translation. We share a few of these here:
Aum Sri Saiva m‚rga upadesak‚ya meaning ” Our Guide on the Saiva Neri”
Aum sri sv‚tmajn‚nine meaning “Knower of the Self within himself”
Aum sri gurudevopadesa vy‚khy‚tre meaning “Who elaborates on Gurudevaís teachings”.
Aum sri hridi pillayarpatti mah‚devapriy‚ya meaning “Who loves Lord Pillaiyarpatti”
Aum sri loka bh‚sak‚ya meaning “Whose light brightens this world”
Everyone present felt being completely immersed in the divine vibration.
Sishyas from all areas of the island attended the ceremony.
The peedham set for the occasion was striking.
Sivarathna playing the mrdangam.
Some more Natchintanaii while we are getting ready for the arati on the Holy Sandals.
We are posting a second series of photos soon. Kindly stay tuned.
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.