Happy Thai Pusam! Yesterday afternoon the monastery celebrated Lord Skanda with an abhishekam. Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami the monastics and local members and visiting devotees all gathered in Kadavul Temple in the afternoon for the puja, performed by Sannyasin Siddhanathaswami. Lord Muruga was bathed in pranic substances such as milk citrus and honey and was decorated lovingly with flowers and garlands. Aum Saravanabhavaya Namah.
From Dancing With Siva:
What Is the Nature of Lord Karttikeya?
Lord Karttikeya Murugan first guru and Pleiadean master of kundalini yoga was born of God Siva's mind. His dynamic power awakens spiritual cognition to propel souls onward in their evolution to Siva's feet. Aum.
Lord Karttikeya flies through the mind's vast substance from planet to planet. He could well be called the Emancipator ever available to the call of those in distress. Lord Karttikeya God of will direct cognition and the purest child-like divine love propels us onward on the righteous way through religion His Father's law. Majestically seated on the manipura chakra this scarlet-hued God blesses mankind and strengthens our will when we lift to the inner sky through sadhana and yoga. The yoga pada begins with the worship of Him. The yogi locked in meditation venerates Karttikeya Skanda as his mind becomes as calm as Saravana the lake of Divine Essence. The kunadalini force within everyone is held and controlled by this powerful God first among renunciates dear to all sannyasins. Revered as Murugan in the South He is commander in chief of the great devonic army a fine dynamic soldier of the within a fearless defender of righteousness. He is Divinity emulated in form. The Vedas say "To such a one who has his stains wiped away the venerable Sanatkumara shows the further shore of darkness. Him they call Skanda." Aum Namah Sivaya.
What Does Lord Karttikeya's Vel Signify?
The lance like vel wielded by Lord Karttikeya or Skanda embodies discrimination and spiritual insight. Its blade is wide long and keen just as our knowledge must be broad deep and penetrating. Aum Namah Sivaya.
The Sakti power of the vel the eminent intricate power of righteousness over wrongdoing conquers confusion within the realms below. The holy vel that when thrown always hits its mark and of itself returns to Karttikeya's mighty hand rewards us when righteousness prevails and becomes the kundalini serpent's unleashed power thwarting our every effort with punishing remorse when we transgress dharma's law. Thus the holy vel is our release from ignorance into knowledge our release from vanity into modesty our release from sinfulness into purity through tapas. When we perform penance and beseech His blessing this merciful God hurls His vel into the astral plane piercing discordant sounds colors and shapes removing the mind's darkness. He is the King of kings the power in their scepters. Standing behind the temporal majesty He advises and authorizes. His vel empowering the ruler justice prevails wisdom enriches the minds of citizens rain is abundant crops flourish and plenty fills the larders. The Tirumurai says "In the gloom of fear His six-fold face gleams. In perils unbounded His vel betokens Fear not.'" Aum Namah Sivaya.
During this year's Thai Pusam festival Adinatha and Rajanatha took Yogi vows and supplicated their aspirations in front of God, Guru and Acharyas. They read from the Yogi addendum of their sacred vowbook, received new robes, beads, a bamboo staff of tapas or danda, and the sacred thread called yajnopavita to be worn over the shoulder.
This also marks the time for a two-year retreat away from world events, family and over-externalization. The following captions in the slideshow are quoted from the Yogi Addendum from which the two read aloud for all to hear.