Today marked the first day of our 2014 Gurudeva Mahasamadhi festivities. About 40 pilgrims flew in from off-island to join our monks and island devotees for four days of worship, classes and sadhanas. This first day began with a homa, followed by breakfast and then a hour and a half class with Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, at which he gave a powerful dissertation on the first few verses of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, looking at their similarity with the Shum language and unraveling their experiential depths. After having lunch together the pilgrims will end their day with a class with Shanmuganathaswami.
It is up to you to put your religion into practice. Feel the power of the Gods in the pūjā. If you don’t feel them, if you are just going through ritual and don’t feel anything, you are not awake. Get the most out of every experience that the temple offers, the guru offers, the devas offer, that your life’s experiences, which you were born to live through, offer. In doing so, slowly the kuṇḍalinī begins to loosen and imperceptibly rise into its yoga. That’s what does the yoga; it’s the kuṇḍalinī seeking its source, like the tree growing, always reaching up to the Sun. Gurudeva
Dinanatha is currently visiting the island, on pilgrimage from Russia for this year's Mahasamadhi celebration. This time he brought us samples a monumental work: a full color edition of Dancing With Siva translated into Russian. The book is beautifully printed, and we're happy to say that Dinanatha is planning to continue his work to create future translations of our other publications.
The Siddhidata Kulam grows and is constantly harvesting many wonderful things from the vegetable garden. They've recently harvested this Burdock plant, part of our ongoing initiative of trying out new vegetables to add variety to our diet. The roots of these plants can be harvested and eaten and are common in east-asian cuisine. Its seeds and roots are also said to have medicinal properties, primarily being good for the blood.