Dasan and Shakti Mahadevan visiting from San Diego sharing some of their plans for the future with Bodhinatha.
Jeremiah and Padmini Umakanthan with oldest son Ramanan and daughter Janani. Visiting the monastery was a surprise 70th birthday gift to dad from the rest of the family. Ramanan, especially, asked some very deep philosophical questions about form and formlessness, mantra and meditation.
Amrita Lamba, a devotee of Jayendrapuriswami at Kailas Ashram in Bangalore. A PhD student at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, she came to present a paper on systems of governance in India at the East-West Center at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. She came to see the Iraivan Temple and Bodhinatha on her way back home to Delhi. Very fine questions were put to Bodhinatha concerning destiny and free will.
The blessings of Lord Murugan awaken wisdom which resides in his chakra. "Pray to Lord Murugan to unravel the great mysteries of the universe." When we get emotional we lose touch with our wisdom. Murugan inspires penance to soften karmas and purify the mind, chitta-shuddhi. If you do kavadi in the right spirit, to get the full blessing, have in mind specific misdeeds, apologize to the deity, learn from it, promise to do your best. Visions are still happening. Feeling the energy of the deity is stronger during festivals such as Skanda Shashti.