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's Latest Upadeshas: "The Difference in Practice of Theism and Monism" (September 3, 2014)
During a puja we're in Theism, to receive the blessings of the Deity. After a puja we can go within our self in meditation, giving up the idea of an external Deity, Monism. Monistic Theism: Advaita Ishvaravada. Advaita means the Monism; Ishvara means the Theism.
In Shum we use two words that relate to that: shumif and dimfi. First, perfect your Theism. Then become a monist. That's called Saiva Siddhanta; one leads to the other.