It was a chilly morning in Vancouver. 1 degree Celcius (34 F)
The temple priests, accompanied by Bodhinatha and Nirvani Nilakantha, set off to fill the main kumbha for the kumbhabhishekam with "Ganga water" from British Columbia's Fraser River. On the way back to the Ganesha temple they stopped at a nearby Murugan temple for kumbha blessings then at a Maha Laxshmi temple for more blessings. Back at the temple the Ganga puja was done.
Manickam Senthivel family is hosting Satguru as usual. Manickam shared some information about our late Gurudeva's involvement-- "1) When Gurudeva visited Vancouver in the year 2000, we met Gurudeva at the Airport and later at the hotel Gurudeva stayed for Blessings. At that time Sri Ganesh Maha Sapai was only 2 months old and started with a picture of Lord Ganesh and with a few devotees. Mostly we took this picture to devotees homes and conducting payans. 2) Next day after Gurudeva left Vancouver, I travelled to Kauai for Guru Purnima celebration in 2000 (My first time to Kauai). With the blessings of our beloved Gurudeva a small Murthi was given, and advised by Gurudeva to have the murthy in devotees' house in turn and perform pooja. Gurudeva also mentioned the temple will be built within 15 years. That happended now. I am very proud that I carried Lord Ganesha's Moorthy to Vancouver from Kauai. 3) Dr. Thillai and his wife Dr. Sakthi worked very hard with other devotees to have this new temple today in Vancouver."
Manickam also shared about the chief priest conducting the current kumbhabhishekam-- "The name of the Chief Priest performing Kumbhabhisekam is Sivagaratnam Siva Sri Krishna Pankuga Kurukkal. At present this priest is attached to Sri Jeya Thurga Temple as a Chief Priest in Mississaga, near Toronto, Ontario. This preist is from Jaffna and trained by Sri Pichai Kurukkal of Pillaiyarpatti.
Bodhinatha's Latest Upadesha: "The Summit of All Religions; Regular Meditation" (February 13, 2015)
Religion has a oneness in mysticism but has major differences in terms of beliefs and practices. Unrelenting effort, working on the outside with our faults and weaknesses, allows us to manifest actual experience as a mystic, intensify our purification. We are perfect on the inside. Condition the mind by practicing meditation daily; hold a meditative vibration, samskara of restraint.
Master Course, Living with Siva, Lesson 305
Patanjali's Yoga Sutras