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.
Several days ago the monks and nearly 60 devotees from around the world celebrated Tiruvembavai a festive holy day for Lord Shiva. The morning began at 6:30am with a stunningly powerful homa performed by Sannyasin Yoginathaswami and followed by an abhishekam to Kadavul Nataraja. Several Rudra rounds were chanted hundreds of gallons of milk yogurt chandanam rose water abhishekam powder and panchamritham were offered and the monks performed their yearly tradition of the 108 coconut chain.
Very little can be documented after the homa is finished due to the monastery policy of not filming Kadavul Nataraja. The monks are also all busy to film the coconut chain so you must actually come to experience the magic.
Ardra Darshana is a festival honoring Lord Siva, the supreme God for Saivites and creator of all that was, is and will be. The monks, and grihasta devotees from all over the world, are gathering to watch Kadavul Nataraja receive abhishekam and blast darshan right back at them.
It is this great being that we seek, that we treasure with all our might. The formless, spaceless, timeless, limitless, un-restricted Mahadeva that dances from one plane to another will move rhythmically as he/she always does and we will be there to see it as we do every year around this time.
The sages have proclaimed that devotion to Ishvara brings samadhi. Saints have shouted His name with five letters and munis silently creep under the protection of this great God's breadth. They live for Siva's shakti, my shakti, your shakti, our shakti.
Siva is love and Siva is our destiny. From Him we came and out into the world we go, on a long path back to Him. A quote from an inner-plane being captures the essence of our journey and will make up the bulk of the slideshow captions.
It's the last day of our wonderful Hindu holiday and we have some shots to share from Kadavul temple in Hawaii, our friends in London and devotees in St. Lucia.
December 25, orange: The family sadhana for the final day is to bring forth love and harmony within all three worlds. Because of sadhanas well performed during the first four days, the family is now more open and aware of Ganesha's grace, and their love for Him is now overflowing. On this day the entire family experiences an outpouring of love and tranquility from the great God Himself. His blessings fill the home and the hearts of everyone within it, inspiring them anew for the coming year.
Quite honestly, however, many Hindus do celebrate Christmas and would ask, "What's wrong with that?" My answer is that it dilutes and weakens our noble tradition and leads children astray. Each religion educates its young in a sectarian way, for religionists believe that to learn one specific path is sufficient and necessary. Therefore, education should not be diluted by taking in all religions under one banner.
THE FOURTH SHAKTI
The fourth shakti, is an outpouring from having held fast to the first three. Green in color, it is a combination of the first two shaktis, stabilized by the third. The fourth Shakti of Lord Ganesa brings through the creative-intuitive mind--the love of culture and all that it brings, religious formalities and the respect and appreciation of discipline. Here we find the vibration of religion, which brings as a boon creativity in music, art, drama and the dance. It is through these refining rays that religious life is adhered to and congested forces are braided together in a harmonious pattern for a glorious future. It is through the fourth shakti that religious practices are performed consistently and the refinements of the past are carried into the future. It also extends to devotion toward one's ancestors and all forms of positive community participation.
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