Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami At Mauritius-Satsang in the North

During his second day visit to Mauritius, Satguru Bodhinatha attended the first satsang in the north at the residence of Kulapati Mardemootoo, where Church members and sishyas of the Mardemootoo and Manick kutumbas had gathered.

Sishyas come forward to prostrate at the Holy Feet of Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami.

It was a great moment of joy for everyone to meet the Guru that evening. These are especially powerful moments when the spirit of the Kailasa Parampara descends upon the satsang through the pada puja to the Guru and then initiations are given in the traditional way. Here we see our Saiva Agama tradition in living manifestation.

Sishya Indranee Veerasamuy receives vishesha diksha. This is the last initiation making one a full “chela” -- disciple and carries with it the responsibility to perform daily Siva puja and uphold the mission of the Kailasa Parampara. The initiate is also now guided in their meditations through the Shum language.

The Arnasalon couple read their vow for Vishesha diksha….

Bodhinatha places His hands on the head of Soundiren Arnasalon, and was followed by Vijayam Arnasalon.

Sishya Amravadee Kownden receives Samaya diksha… the Guru initiating the sishya into the chanting of Namasivaya.

Here is member Naden Caramben

Kulamata Sornambal Mardemootoo…

Kulamata Kavita Mardemootoo….

Bodhinatha 's talk stressed on intelligent communication in the family between parents and children and also between spouses.

Intelligent communication allows better opportunities to solve problems, when bothparties have had a time-out to cool down the emotions.

Later after the satsang, Bodhinatha privately met each of the families present. It was another great day for our Beloved Satguru in Mauritius.

Nandi Mandapam

In India today dozens of stone craftsmen are working on Iraivan projects, and other sculptures for the monastery. Here the YA step, one of the NAMASIVAYA steps up to the sanctum, is being carved. The finished side is away from us.

Meanwhile, the major project in Bengaluru is the carving of the Nandi Mandapam, shown here (though the 45-foot-tall flagpole is just barely seen at the top of the drawing). This little temple within a temple will have some of the most elaborate and detailed sculpting of all, and a charming Nandi will sit contentedly within his stall. Nandi the bull represents the ego or personal identity of each soul and also the desire for realization of God. He sits in front of the flag pole, beholding Siva night and day.

This is the top of one of the 12 pillars.

The pillars are small, as you can see.

Part of the roof stones.

It's a large project that most of the silpis in India are now focused on under the able direction of the Jiva Rajasankara family.

Keep Your Loved Ones Close During Final Moments

Gurudeva always advocated that his members nurture their elders at home and not turn them out to nursing homes or leave them to die in hospitals.

Here is a remarkable, true story about one of the loved ones, a member of the family of Kulapati Easan Katir. Santosha was almost 100 in dog years and had had a wonderful life. This story happened two days ago.

Easan writes:

“Santosha wasn’t eating, so Raja took him to a clinic on Friday, the day you sent the keynote. The vet diagnosed kidney failure, and treated him during the weekend. Santosha’s kidneys didn’t respond, and the vet said there was nothing more they could do and suggested euthanasia. Sundari and I objected, as he looked so sad in the clinic cage with all the tubes hooked up to him. He should at least have a chance to die at home. We decided to bring him home. He was very happy to come home and be with all the family for his final three days. He went for little walks, drank lots of water, and was content. We played music for him.

“He was at the Sivamani’s house (Raja’s mother ) the last day, and Venita relates this series of events:

“In the middle of the night Santosha went to the shrine room and lay very still for a long time prostrating right in front of the altar. Then about 4:30 am he went to the bedroom and brought Venita to the shrine room. Next he went back and brought Raja. Then he brought Rama. He went to Raja’s mother’s bedroom and brought her. When all were assembled he did pradakshina (walking) around the assembled group three times. Then he slowly did pradakshina around Venita.three times. He looked very purposeful, he was moving slowly. He seemed to be saying “thank you, goodbye, namaste”. Then he left the shrine room and went to a quiet corner. Later in the morning, with three big exhalations, he departed.

“Santosha was alway a cheerful, loyal friend, always forgiving and living in the moment. We will miss him.”

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