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: "The Difference in Practice of Theism and Monism" (September 3, 2014)
During a puja we're in Theism, to receive the blessings of the Deity. After a puja we can go within our self in meditation, giving up the idea of an external Deity, Monism. Monistic Theism: Advaita Ishvaravada. Advaita means the Monism; Ishvara means the Theism.
In Shum we use two words that relate to that: shumif and dimfi. First, perfect your Theism. Then become a monist. That's called Saiva Siddhanta; one leads to the other.