Today the puja was held in the afternoon and evening. We began at 3:30pm. Kumar Gurukkal begins the sankalpa as devotees arrive.
This is the third year that he has done the puja, and each time it gets more and more magical.
Gurukkal’s sankalpa was truly an unusual invocation. He took a full hour and a half to state the time, place and intention of the puja while offering worship to Lord Ganesha. He also engaged the devotees in repeating some of the mantras, which made for a powerful, interactive ceremony.
By the time he completed the sankalpa, it was as if all doors to inner worlds had been opened and Kadavul Temple was transported into the Sivaloka.
Next Kumar Gurukkal blesses the main kumbha and all the small kumbhas that contain the substances to be used during the abhishekam.
The homa begins.
Purnahuti, the final offering of ghee and sacred herbs and woods to the fire
Next the kumbha is paraded by Bodhinatha out around the Nandi mandapam and dhvajastambham.
Then begins the tiruvadi puja
The room nearly shook with Gurudeva's presence as offerings were made.
Bodhinatha performs the final abhishekam with the main kumbha blessed by the homa earlier.
Our Kauai devotees did a marvelous job setting up an elegant curtain just for this occasion. As the devotees sang bhajans to the guru, the monks helped the Gurukkal clean and decorate behind the curtain.
The alankara dipam, after the curtain was opened, was a powerful moment.
Satguru Sivaya Subramuniayswami ki Jai! Afterwards we all sang Natchintanai, infused with Gurudeva's presence, renewed with the spirit of the Kailasa Parampara as we head into another year of Sivadhyanam and Sivathondu. Stay tuned for video of some of the events.
Within our Saiva Siddhanta Holy Scriptures the Saiva Agamas explain the basis of temple ceremonies and worship plus yoga and jnana. The Tirukural was considered by Gurudeva to be "the most accessible and relevant sacred text." In it are practical and helpful guidelines for our conduct in every day life. The point of family life is to gain steady improvement, forever, in self control in the midst of responsibilities in the fulfillment of family dharma. Meanwhile, not taking detachment too far but taking it in the sense of spiritually looking for happiness, not outside in other people or possessions, the world, but inside ourselves and then sharing it with family and friends. "We regard the writings of our satgurus as scripture."
Path to Siva, Lesson 20
Tirukural, Introduction and Contents
Tirukural, Chapter 15 Possession of Self-Control
"The temple enables us to feel the presence of God, Gods and devas." We use our inner eyes to see what's going on in the temple, the three worlds. In the temple we're being good dvaitists in the dimfi perspective, focused in bhakti upon God Siva. In meditation we're monists, in the shumif perspective. We claim our oneness with Siva, Sivoham, I am Siva. In surrender, shrinking the ego through devotion, we have a realization that we're not the doer, that Siva is doing it all. Siva's energy comes through our soul.