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.
Bodhinatha's Latest Upadeshas: "Not Getting Upset, Viewing Reaction from Higher Faculties" (September 14, 2014)
A measure of how serious we are in making spiritual progress is that we've learned the lesson from experience. Develop the ability to watch the mind think, understand the patterns of emotional action and reaction. Have the sense that you are a divine being to root out imperfections. Becoming upset is a temporary suspension of our higher faculties; transmute the energy into the third eye.
Master Course, Living with Siva, Lesson 149;
Master Course, Merging with Siva, Lesson 152;
Yogaswami, Words of our Master
"Eight Features of the Natha Sampradaya" (September 17, 2014)
We have to discover that part of us that is the Self. One of the important benefits of temple worship is it softens the ego. Recognize and love a Being greater than us, building humility. Go to Lord Murugan; His worship strengthens the kundalini. There's a power in learning through listening, shruti, that which is heard. Tradition, sadhana and tapas, informs, inspires, awakens potential.