Final Events in Pondicherry

Our team has moved on and is now in Chennai and will be departing for home in a day or so. Stepping back in time we return to Pondicherry a few days ago.

After several years of work and amassing 818 Gigabytes of data, the digitization of manuscripts and ola leaves from the Indological Institute of Pondicherry and the French School of the Far East (over 800,000 images) in Pondicherry has been completed and the operations team closed up shop in India.

A special dinner was held in Pondicherry to commemorate the completion of this historic project that Bodhinatha set up to capture our scriptures for future generations.

Bodhinatha officially thanked everyone and emphasized the importance of the Agamas in our daily worship. He called them the Invisible Scriptures. The scripture that governs many areas of our life but no one knows what they are.

The evening begun with recital holy verses then lighting of lamps.

This followed by opening address by Acharya Arumuganathaswami. Then followed by short speeches by various scholars. Every single one were grateful to the San Marga Trust (India) aka Kauai Aadheenam. It seems this digitization process brought a new inspiration to digitize various scriptures stored in various libraries around India.

Dr. Jean-Luc Chevillard of the French School of the Far East gives a shawl to Bodhinatha, Arumuganathaswami

And Nellaiappan who helped coordination.

Mahabalipuram Meetings

After wrapping up in Pondicherry, our team moved on to Mahabalipuram.

Here is Bodhinatha meeting with Sri Rajeev from Kerala who came to see the team. He is an artist who drew the story artwork in the children’s books on Self-Discipline and Religious Life books.

He gifted Bodhinatha with a beautiful painting of Ganesha. He had a meeting with Acharya Arumuganathaswami to discuss the next project.

Selvanathan Sthapati, his wife Ponni and Segar Sthapati came to meet Bodhinatha and the monks and the team

Then we visited several sites where some of our Iraivan work were commissioned.

Good progress are being made on the Nandi and entrance step yallis

Iraivan sanctum door with wax model deities

The Yalli stone that will go on either side of the entrance.

Some required refinement details are being discussed with Yoginathaswami.

Mauritius Guru Purnima 2011-Part 1

Hail to the Siva Guru!

Guru Purnima was celebrated with deep devotion at the Spiritual Park of Mauritius on July 14th Thursday evening.

Our Scriptures say that on Guru Purnima, Satgurus dispel the darkness of ignorance by bringing forth wisdom and illumination

After a few Natchintanai songs, a silent pada puja followed…

Despite the unusually cold wind blowing on that evening, the Mandapam was packed to capacity by sishyas and MC students who travelled from the various regions of the island.

Everyone mind’s was focussed on the Guru…

Our Scriptures proclaim:

“More valuable than gold, and far more rare is a Satguru, knower of spiritual truths”

From left, Kulapati Koothan, Kulapati Kulagan, Kulapati Arnasalon and sishya Prakash Gunesh

On this special day all one’s thoughts are focussed on the holy preceptor,tuning into his mind, meditating on his teachings and expressing gratitude for his Blessings and advice.

Kulapati SK Moorghen (in black overcoat) and Kulapati Valayten on his left, and Sishya Paramasiven Canagasaby in front.

“A Guru is the devotee’s best friend, a father and a mother, a trusted confident a demanding mentor and guide on the path to God.”

“A Guru is the devotee’s best friend, a father and a mother, a trusted confident a demanding mentor and guide on the path to God”.

Arati to the sacred Tiruvadi after the chanting of Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami’s 108 names.

According to tradition, God’s presence can be most felt in the illumined Satguru. To sit at his Feet is to be close to God and our deepest self.

All nerve currents terminate in the feet. Vital energy points relating to every organ of his physical and inner bodies -astral, mental and soul-are there.

Touch the Feet and we touch the Spiritual Master.

Venerating the Feet of the Guru is also an acknowledgement of our deep respect and our knowledge that by following his footsteps we will attain spiritual perfection.

More photos of this ceremony will be posted on next TAKA. Stay tuned. Aum….

AtriTeX Team in Chennai

Meeting with left to right, Satya, Srini and Ramalingam of AtriTek company in Chennai. They are doing all our ePub work for us. Very professional, forward thinking outfit. Himalayan Academy Publications ePubs are coming out of India by a dedicated team of Hindus. How appropriate…

Study Group — Silver Vel Satsang in Maryland

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Here are the photos of the “Silver Vel Satsang” held at our home today (12:00 to 4:00 PM 16 July 2011). Shanmuganathaswami talked to the Satsang devotees on the phone to discuss about the up coming picnic with the Satsang devotees and the Children attending the Sunday School at the Murugan Temple of North America during Satguru Bodhinatha’s visit to the Nallur Festival (at the Murugan Temple of North America on 13 August 2011). He also answered questions devotees asked on Color’s Magic (Chapter 34 in Gurudeva’s Book “Merging with Siva”).

The Satsang devotees were asked to read this Chapter on Color’s Magic by Shanmuganathaswami before the Satsang meeting.

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