2013 Gurudeva Mahasamadhi Day 2

"Life is meant to be lived joyously. There is in much of the world the belief that life is a burden, a feeling of penitence, that it is good to suffer, good for the soul. In fact, spiritual life is not that way at all." Gurudeva

Day two of the Aadheenam's Gurudeva Mahasamadhi Celebrations began with a short early-morning pada puja performed by Sadhaka Mayuranatha and Sadhaka Jayanatha. Following the puja was a silent meditation.

After Breakfast, the group of pilgrims gathered in the courtyard for a Santsang with Paramacharya Sadasivanathaswami. He gave a short talk and then told some wonderful stories about Gurudeva. He then played a video, taken during Gurudeva's 70th birthday on an Alaskan cruise ship. In the Video Gurudeva described his first meeting with Yogaswami. Paramacharya ended the class with a discussion about the importance of the guru.

Pilgrims continued their full day with lunch followed by a grand paduka parade out to the Swayambhu Lingam. Gurudeva's tiruvadi were placed on a palanquin and paraded through the property to several key points where worship was performed and individual groups of pilgrims had a their chance to receive prasadam. The first stop was Umbrella Ganesha, the second was Iraivan Temple, followed by Dakshinamurti, then Muruga Hill, and finally the Swayambhu Lingam. Afterwards everyone returned to Kaduval temple and then left for the evening, to return the next day for our first homa in our newly created yagasala.

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    What a gorgeous celebration of the life of an extraordinary being! I am privileged to have known him, and know him still.

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    Absolutely wonderful! Mahalo for sharing the day.

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  17. Ramai Santhirapala says:

    Thank you so much for sharing..even through the photos the darshan is felt..it seems such a powerful and wonderful celebration of an exceptional Guru! Thank you Gurudeva and to all at Kauai Aadheenam for your guidance and blessings in our lives. Aum Namah Sivaya.

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  26. kumar natarajan says:

    One of two flower offerings. Before he left he told the monks, “You are all over qualified” Isn’t that the truth!

  27. kumar natarajan says:

    I sent Gurudeva an email I knew he wouldn’t see. It said, Gurudeva, you are more wonderful than great.

  28. Sarasvathi Iswarapatham says:

    Aum Sivaya

    Thank you for the pictures put in the blog. Iraivan is indeed a beautiful temple! Wish I was there too.

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