On July 17th, the California Gold Gate Mission members of Saiva Siddhanta Church held Guru Purnima in the downstairs hall of the Concord, Shiva Murugan temple. The event was presided over by resident priests, Ananth Sivachariar, and Sathish Gurukkal who are now serving at the temple.
Devotees performed the pada puja, chanted Gurudeva's names, bhajans and Natchintanai. The priest guided the puja with their powerful chants.
The two priests are disciples of Sr. Dr. K. Pitchai Sivachariar from Pilliyar Patti. Ananth Sivachariar knew Gurudeva well and attributes his service now in this temple to Gurudeva's vision and support for the Sivachariar priests.
As most watching TAKA know, this temple was migrated from Gurudeva's original Palaniswami Sivan temple in San Francisco. It was later managed as Himalayan Academy, California branch, by our monks and devotees and then given over to the Hindu community when Gurudeva consolidated all his teaching activities at Kauai Aadheenam.
Ananth Sivachariar gave a short talk at the event recognizing the work of all the devotees who were the "original founders of this temple" and urged everyone to come and participate more. It was inspiring to see the spirit of the Kailasa Paramapara honored here on this day.
You can read about the priests here at this temple web page
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.
When the full moon enters the Visakha nakshatra in the month of Vaikasi, the doors to the Third World open and invocation of Lord Muruga brings us His highly auspicious energy for spiritual advancement. This is the ancient day for initiations, deepening our focus on Raja Yoga and renewing out connection to the Lord Skanda, the Lord of Yoga. The profound darshan and shakti that comes during this puja cannot be described... it must be experienced. It is the high, saphhire blue actinic "other wordly" shakti that takes one, literally "out of this world."We made a recording near the end of the puja. Saravanathaswami invokes Lord Muruga with bija mantras, followed by Tirumurai and Tirupugal by Yoginathaswami and the final arati.
Enjoy these photos of the recent puja to Yogaswami performed in London.
"Everything is in you. You don't want to know. Let God speak in you; otherwise there is no God. He is in you, in me, in everyone." Yogaswami
Today we celebrate Paramaguru Siva Yogaswami. Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, his monastics and local members all gathered in the Guru Pitam this morning for a short puja to Yogaswami's corner shrine. His 108 names were chanted and Natchintanai were sung. Following the puja everyone sat for meditation. Jai Sivaguru Yogaswami! Om Namah Sivaya. Sivaya Namah Om.
From Words of Our Master:
Yogar Swamigal was perhaps the greatest of the mystics that lived in recent times. He was immaculate in appearance as he was pure in thought. The silver-white hair and beard along with the spotlessly white raiment he wore were symbolic of his saintliness and sanctity. He traversed the length and breadth of his country and transformed the lives of many who otherwise would have gone astray.
The epoch in which he lived saw many an upheaval of regeneration and much degeneration of cherished values as well. But amidst all the transient phenomena he was as firm as Mount Kailas; a refuge to souls in distress and despair. He infused faith in his devotees and led them out into the light of hope and happiness. Even those whose contacts with him were casual or cursory had a glimpse of the spiritual significance of life.
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