Today we celebrate the beginning of the Hindu Year of Hemalambi, 5119. At the Aadheenam our year began with yesterday's early morning homa which was followed by a talk by Satguru. Next, monks and devotees paraded out to the flagpole to lower the coral pink flag of the Moksha Ritau and replace it with the bright orange flag of the Nartana Ritau. The parade then continued to Iriavan Temple and inside for arati. The recently arrived silver naga for Iraivan's crystal Lingam was temporarily placed in the Sanctum, Giving us an idea of what the future installation will be like.
Nartana Ritau, the season of Dancing with Siva, begins on Tamil New Year. This is the period of creation, the warm season, from mid-April through mid-August. The key word of this season is planning. The colors are orange, yellow-gold and all shades of green-orange for renunciation, yellow-gold for action and green for regeneration.
High above, the main flag flies the color orange, heralding the Nartana Ritau throughout this season, symbolizing sadhana and self-control. The other colors adorn smaller flags. This is the season of giving special attention to those in the grihastha ashrama. It is a time of awakening, renewal, review. The emphasis is on seeing ahead, planning for future years. It is a time of planning retreats and other activities for youths and adults for the entire year.
The Saiva Dharma Shastras are studied; and any needed additions in supplementary manuals, representing new growth, are made. The practical focus is completion of unfinished projects. Secular holidays to observe among the families include Mother's Day in May, Father's Day in June and Grandparent's Day in August.
This season of harvest and new growth is also the time to review and reestablish picking and planting routines for the gardens. It is a time for ordering seeds and plants for the year, of planting trees, fragrant vines and the annual crop. Review is made for scheduling the care of all realms of the Aadheenam's acreage. Kadavul temple and the Guru Temple are cleaned and renewed during this season and the adjacent grounds receive special, abundant attention. Karma yogis are invited to help in this and other areas with planting and weeding, digging, fertilizing, fence repair and more.
The daily sadhana is the Sivachaitanya Panchatantra: experiencing nada, jyoti, prana, bhakti and darshana. In Sanskrit, it is a time of learning new slokas and mantras. In the family community, prasnottara satsanga is held for one and all to attend. Families plan for their annual pilgrimage. Shrine rooms are renewed and redecorated for the year, and the clothing of all is renewed in the Hindu style of the current fashion. It is a time of doing things for others, religious outreach. It is a time of hatha yoga and philosophical teaching.
Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami gives an inspired talk in Kadavul Temple during our 2017 celebrations of Mahasivaratri. In His talk Satguru discusses life's innate perfection, our attitudes towards life, the many subtleties of the path and the depths of Siva's Absolute reality.
Aum Namah Sivaya!
We wish you many blessing on Siva's most auspicious night of the year! Here is a video made by an anonymous devotee expressing the importance of this night. In a few hours our monks will begin a Siva Homa, followed by a night of upadeshas, bhajans, meditation and a final abhishekam to the small crystal Lingam which sits before Nataraja in Kadavul Temple. While Maha Ardra celebrates Lord Siva in full form and glory, on this night of Mahasivaratri we dive within ourselves to discover our everlasting oneness with the Silent Absolute. This is a night of Parasiva, of the core and undefined singularity of all that is. Ultimately tonight is about you, and your deepest, innermost source. In the words of Chellapaswami: "WHO ARE YOU!?!"
Aum Namah Sivaya. Sivaya Namah Aum.
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.
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