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 continues with his weekly series of commentaries on The Path to Siva. In this past Sun One talk, he elucidates the four key beliefs in Hinduism, the three pillars of Sanatana Dharma and Gurudeva's three stages of faith. Primary to Hinduism is the key belief that God is within each of us. To have a well-rounded understanding and experience of Hinduism, to make spiritual progress, adhyatma vikasha, we need scripture, humility, temple worship, devotion. To fully experience God we need the guru to give the spark for meditation and deeper wisdom.