Gurudeva’s Maha Samadhi observances begin tomorrow and we have perhaps the long list of devotees ever to come for an event at the Aadheenam. Bodhinatha started meeting with early arrivals right away, as it will take many hours for him to have darshan with everyone.
Here is Vayudeva Varadan from Maryland, who works closely with the Murugan temple there
Toshadevi, Gajanan and Lily Nataraj on pilgrimage from St. Lucia in the Caribbean
Gajanan is creating some t-shirts with yamas and niyamas printed on them
Gajanan has changed his name legally and will be receiving his Namakarana (name-giving ceremony) tomorrow, to officially and formally enter the Hindu faith.
The official observance begins tomorrow. Most of the devotees have arrived already. Today everyone joined to help with the preparations. Our temple decoration team did a marvelous job. Tandu Sivanathan’s floral arrangements are beautiful!
Because our group is so large, this year we will be holding large satsangs in the courtyard, which has been beautifully prepared by the monks. Dasan Mahadevan and Tandu add flowers.
Yesterday a large contingent arrived from Malaysia and Singapore and the mainland.
The Singaporean devotees brought with them the new Raja Mela Thalam which the Aadheenam purchased for Kadavul Temple. The Thalam was manufactured in Kanchipuram and shipped to Singapore. There the devotees dismantled it to fit in their luggage.
Here it is being re-assembled.
What is it? You are probably asking. This is an automatic drum, bell, cymbal machine! Truly fun! Quite cool, and not the least bit hilarious when you see it running! If you have experienced one of these in use in a Hindu temple before, you will know what we’re talking about.
Sannyasin Senthilnathaswami, Bhani Karthigesu and Dohadeva Samugam are reassembling it.
First: the bells must be put back on.
Bhani took photos of everything before taking it apart in Singapore. Yoginathaswami jumps in to help with the assembly.
Bells are on. Next the cymbals.
And finally the 24-inch brass drum.
We got a 110 volt to 220 volt converter and are ready to plug it in.
Yes, it works!
And it is really loud! Everyone plugs their ears, and you can hear it everywhere in the Aadheenam, and beyond. Enjoy the video below!
Bodhinatha's Latest Upadeshas: "Not Getting Upset, Viewing Reaction from Higher Faculties" (September 14, 2014)
A measure of how serious we are in making spiritual progress is that we've learned the lesson from experience. Develop the ability to watch the mind think, understand the patterns of emotional action and reaction. Have the sense that you are a divine being to root out imperfections. Becoming upset is a temporary suspension of our higher faculties; transmute the energy into the third eye.
Master Course, Living with Siva, Lesson 149;
Master Course, Merging with Siva, Lesson 152;
Yogaswami, Words of our Master
"Eight Features of the Natha Sampradaya" (September 17, 2014)
We have to discover that part of us that is the Self. One of the important benefits of temple worship is it softens the ego. Recognize and love a Being greater than us, building humility. Go to Lord Murugan; His worship strengthens the kundalini. There's a power in learning through listening, shruti, that which is heard. Tradition, sadhana and tapas, informs, inspires, awakens potential.