Our video told the story of Satguru Purnima, but in the past many have requested copies of the very special darshans that come on this most auspicious day. This slide show includes a large version for each photo. If you click the full screen icon, you will be loading the large image. Note this may take a lot of time on some machines. Once loaded, right click to "Save Image As" or "Save Link As" if you want the photo to be saved on your computer. Hit Escape to return to regular view.
Bodhinatha's Latest Upadesha: "Awareness, Meditation, Work" (June 21,2016)
The mind doesn't move; awareness moves. We have control. Sitting still, restraining the mind, nirodha of the vrittis, is what's changing subconscious from the inside out. Being spurred on by the guru, strive for improvement, seeing progress. Look inside, find happiness and then share it. When not in meditation work to refine every attribute of your nature. Be in the world and be fearless. Face what you need to do and do it well.
Master Course Trilogy, Living with Siva, Lesson 99.
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On the auspicious day of Guru Purnima, Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami invited Sadhaka Dayanatha to take the next step in his monastic life by becoming a Natyam. Sadhakas who have completed two years in the monastery, four years of brahmacharya and who otherwise qualify may apply to be a natyam, and be recognized as a candidate to potentially become a yogi tapasvin, which would be then be the training period to eventually qualify to receive sannyas diksha from his Satguru.
A compilation video of Kauai Aadheenam's celebration of Satguru Purnima on July 17th, 2016. Occurring on the full moon of July, Guru Purnima is for devotees a day of rededication to all that the guru represents. It is occasioned by padapuja, ceremonial worship of the guru's holy feet. This year's event began at 6:00am with a parade down the San Marga pathway to the Swayambu Lingam square. There monks and devotees performed a padapuja to Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami.
For the last few days, female sishya and students of Saiva Siddhanta Church have been attending what is simply called their "Ladies' Retreat." Some years ago, a few of our women sishya asked Satguru if they could, amongst themselves, organize such an annual event. Upon approval, they began their yearly visit to the Aadheenam, at which they receive various classes from Satguru and our swamis on subjects such as self inquiry, meditation, jyotisha, devotional singing, hatha yoga, etc.
During the midst of this year's Ladies' Retreat, Suselah Periasamy and Toshadevi Nataraj received Mantra Diksha from Satguru today. Initiated into the daily sadhana of chanting Panchakshara, they move from this day on inward and upward to further reveal their innate divinity for themselves by themselves. Panchakshara means "five letters" in Sanskrit, and is used as a name for Namah Sivaya. Na, Ma, Si, Va, Ya.
Satguru sends us this report:
The morning event at temple started at 9:30am. First was a purification of thirteen of the priests and next puja and nyasa with chanting of the kumbhas and finally a homa, veda parayana and the final arati. The picture shows Pichai Gurukal seated on Shanmuganathaswami's left. He was sharing a few items with us in English. Gurukal started Pillaiyar Pati Veda Agama Pathasala in 1980. He has graduated a total of 2,700 students. Many are in countries outside of India such as the UK, US, Canada, Australia and Singapore and they all stay in touch and share photos and news. At 6:30pm was the kuthuvilakku puja to Lakshmi. The main chanter was Bharani Gurukal who came to our Gurudeva Mahasamadhi one year as the second priest. What a great chanting voice! It was all followed by usual conclusion of a homa, Chathur Veda Parayana, Thirupuhal and final arati.
Aum Namah Sivaya
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