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.
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.