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.
Unless kundalini is active, the deepest meditative states are not available to us. But to activate kundalini, Gurudeva tells us we must invoke the grace of Lord Ganesha and Lord Murugan. "Yoga is internalized worship which leads to union with God." Experience the inside of you in a profound way. This requires dispassion. The popular term "kriya yoga" usual refers to a form of pranayama, but the original kriya yoga is defined by Sage Patanajli as the practice of three of the niyamas: tapas, svadhyaya and Isvarapranidhana. To achieve samadhi we practice yoga, steady restraint of mental activities, austerity, meditation, detachment, self study and worship of God. Communion with the Ishta Devata, the chosen God is a key and also Gurudeva tells us: the Deity chooses you.
Master Course, Dancing with Siva, Lesson 39
Master Course, Merging with Siva, Lesson 5
Patanjali's Yoga Sutras