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.
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.