We bring you auspicious images from the Center of the Universe, Chidambaram in South India. Here Bodhinatha gathers with the devotees at the East Gopuram entrance.
Upon arrival Bodhinatha was greeted by the Deekshitars with Purna Kumbha. According to the Deekshitar this type of formal greeting only done to Mathaadhipatis (Aadhenam Heads).
Then followed by coconut breaking for the entrance Ganesha deity.
Few of the silpis came all the way from Bangalore to be with Bodhinatha and monks
It was a high spiritual time for some of the devotees who have prepared for years for this moment of initiation. Bodhinatha gave Vishesha Diksha to a number of sishya who are now commissioned to do Siva Puja in their home everyday and move onto the inner path of Raja Yoga in their personal sadhanas. Here, from Singapore is Sambandan Umamaheswaran
Here are few photos of the pada puja which was held earlier in the day at a nearby by hall--very close to the temple.
Picture of Gurudeva and the beautifully decorated Lord Nataraja
Great expression of devotion by all the sishya and other devotees. The entire event was coordinated by the Rajasankara clan and the ardent devotee of Aadheenam--Manickavel--who lives in Chidambaram town itself.
It was beautifully decorated by all the members and devotees that arrived from various countries--65 of them!
After the final arati a huge garland was placed on our Beloved Guru! Also with us and placing the garland is Veeragathiyar all the way from Germany.
Souvenir officially given to Bodhinatha. Beautifully made! Very rich with Gurudeva’s and Bodhinatha’s rare photos. It also contains many Maha vakkiams as well.
It contain Guru Puja format, Yogaswami’s photo and Natchintanai songs. It is One Stop book for Guru worship! Thank you Thuraisingam Rajasankara for putting hundreds of hours into this seva!
A special gift sponsored by the entire group presented to Bodhinatha. It was organized in such way that someone for different country is offering them. Maruthu Dharmalingam represents Malaysia
Dohadeva Shanmugam, Singapore.
Jiva and Kanmani Rajasankara, India.
Manon and Selvon Mardemootoo, Mauritius.
Everyone comes forward for vibhuti blessings
Stepping back in time, Sadhaka Nilakantha has completed a six-month sojourn in the world and joined the team in Singapore before flying off to India. Welcome back Sadhaka!
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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.