Some belated submissions after our three-day retreat. Before going off to
trinidad, Bodhinatha stopped over in Maryland.
Nigel Siva and his wife met them on the way through. Nigel writes:
It is really wonderful to have our Satguru with us here in Maryland. Here, He and Shanmuganathaswami are relaxing in Their hotel suite after a very long trip from Trinidad.
Satguru with the Siva family—Nigel (left), Inpah (right) and their son Ragavan (middle).
Satguru and Shanmuganathaswami. They are going to attend the Annual Nallur Festival at the Murugan Temple of North America (6300 Princess Garden Parkway, Lanham, Maryland) tomorrow (Saturday 13 August 2011). Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami presides over this Annual Nallur Festival, which has become an established tradition now. Satguru is going to give a talk to the devotees on “The Sacred Temple.” The main event in this Festival is Murugan going around the Temple in a Ratham (chariot). This Ratham is over 21 feet high and is made as a replica of the Ratham in the Nallur Temple in Sri Lanka.
(A slide show of this event appears later on TAKA)
The blessings of Lord Murugan awaken wisdom which resides in his chakra. "Pray to Lord Murugan to unravel the great mysteries of the universe." When we get emotional we lose touch with our wisdom. Murugan inspires penance to soften karmas and purify the mind, chitta-shuddhi. If you do kavadi in the right spirit, to get the full blessing, have in mind specific misdeeds, apologize to the deity, learn from it, promise to do your best. Visions are still happening. Feeling the energy of the deity is stronger during festivals such as Skanda Shashti.