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.
"Temples with multiple deities can be confusing, especially for today's Hindu youth. For clarity, we need to bring forward a more precise understanding of the different Hindu denominations and how the different Gods are viewed from within each denomination. For spiritual advancement it is best to focus on one deity and get to the vibration that deity. When we hear teachings from various Hindus, it is important to understand and identify which denomination they are speaking from. This will avert confusion when that teaching gets contradicted in a different context where someone is talking about the same subject but from a different philosophical background."
Bodhinatha reviews the main characteristic of Saivite philosophy and practice with an indepth focus on the four stages of religions evolution, chariya, kriya, yoga and jnana. He highlights how this shows that Saiva Siddhanta is unique and quite from the modern practice of Hinduism as Vedanta