Here at the Aadheenam, we honored our beloved Lord Muruga during Thai Pusam with a powerful and piercing abhishekam in Kadavul Hindu Temple. With Satguru Bodhinatha, the mathavasi, and all sincere, mindful devotees present, it made for a special moment shared by all.
Pal abhishegam -- the offering of freshly gifted milk from our aadheenam cows.
“Thai Pusam occurs on Pushya nakshatra in January-February. During this festival we fast and perform public penance, called kavadi, seeking Karttikeya’s blessings to dispel our selfishness, pride and vanity.”
-- Gurudeva in Dancing with Siva
Offerings of chandanam (sandalwood) dissolved in purified waters. Other such sacraments include fresh curd, a select sacred herbal blend, rose water, fresh citrus juice, panchaamritham, and more. At the Aadheenam, we typically use the panchaamritham recipe of Chidambaram Kovil -- fresh banana, ghee, milk, honey, and jaggery.
Alankaram arati is offered. It is at this point where all temple bells are rung, mantrams chanted their loudest, and the focused intensity of the pujari is its greatest. It is at this point in the puja where it is easiest to experience the darshanam of the Deity, the point in the puja where the Deity decongests muddled karmas of the devotee, thus removing unmindfulness, fear, and poverty and replacing them with wisdom, courage, and wealth -- both spiritual and material. Veils are lifted, limitations released, and minds cleared at that exact point. Om Saravanabava Om.
Hindus believe in each individual as a soul, a divine being who is inherently good. We all have a threefold nature: instinctive, intellectual, intuitive. Develop the intuitive/spiritual/soul nature with compassion, devotion, penance. Use the intellect to help subdue the instinctive mind. Guilt is not a part of Hinduism. There is no eternal hell. You have a continuity of consciousness when you transition to the inner worlds. There is no devil, but there are mischievous "asuras."