Today was the auspicious day for our special annual puja to Gurudeva. The temple has been magnificently decorated. We have a skilled Sivacharya priest, a wonderful group of devotees and nature was filled with the prana of thunder, lightening and water for a very powerful day.
Kumar Gurukkal performed an intricate homa with a long samkalpam. The energy in Kadavul keeping rising up and up and if one closed one’s eyes, you could feel the kundalini coming alive and being driven to the top of the head by the powerful ceremony.
The silpis and all the devotees are intent on the rites.
After the homa, the blessed kumbha is paraded out and around Nandi and the Kodimaram by Bodhinatha himself.
Then we begin the abhishekam…
There are no words for the unique and mystical power that is engendered by the Guru puja. Gurudeva was definitely present.
Everyone chants Gurudeva’s names. Gurukkal who loves the monks and the Aadheenam was beside himself with tears flowing during the 108 names of Gurudeva.
The final Arati.
Bodhinatha then retired to the Guru temple to give out gifts to the pilgrims.
A specially engraved small plaque representing Gurudeva’s paduka’s has been hand-crafted by the monks and is put in a small beautifully sewn protective cloth bag.
Along with this each one was presented with a copy of the new Gurudeva’s Visions book. These gifts will be sent out to all sishya around the world. Kulapati Deva Seyon…
Toshadevi and her daughter Velika
Vivekananda and his brother and cousin are from Trinidad.
"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