Wishing you a Blessed and Beautiful Ardra

Today is Ardra Nakshatra, a time each month when Siva's effervescent energy can easily be felt by all who worship Him. In Kadavul temple, Nataraja receives a bountiful abhishekam. Accompanied by a host of ancient and powerful mantras, Lord Nataraja is bathed in water, milk, yogurt, honey, panchamritam, vibhuti, rose water and other rich substances. Throughout the several hour puja, the prana from these offerings (as well as the devotional energy projected from those present), is absorbed into the Murti. Upon the final arati, Siva releases that energy from the 3rd world, out through the second world and into the first world. In this way He blesses all those who are present. The more attentive and absorbed one's mind is on Siva's grace, the easier it is for a strong connection to be made, through which Siva sends fourth His Love and Light. Aum Namah Sivaya. Sivaya Namah Aum.

Yogaswami’s Arrival in Sri Lanka After 17 Years of Travel
To Join in His 50 Maha Samadhi Celebrations

In 1997 Gurudeva had two statues of Yogaswami made. One these was destined to go on a world pilgrimage and finally go home to Sri Lanka. This month Yogaswami arrived in Jaffna and a huge celebration was conducted to officially welcome the statue of Yogaswami back to his home on the occasion of his 50th Mahasamadhi on April 10th

Happy New Year!

Today we celebrate the beginning of the Hindu Year of Jaya, 5115, the year of Victory. Sadhu Paksha ended yesterday for the monks and this morning, monks and local devotees paraded out to the flagpole. The coral pink flag of the Moksha Ritau was replaced with the bright orange flag of the Nartana Ritau.

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 Hindu 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. During this time of looking forward, the Church's six-year plan is updated by the Guru Mahasannidhanam and stewards and another year added.

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 nine 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.

Have a Blessed and Beautiful Ardra!

My God is the melter of my heart of love. Let all adore my God, the Lord of primal love, first of beings, my Siva, who again and again melts my heart. May He render me His love in foremost measure! Praise Him but once, the Pure and Holy One, and He will be your escort to heaven. He, Lord Siva, decked in honeyed konrai blooms, sits enthroned in my love, steadfast and free.
Tirumantiram 274-275

Tomorrow is Ardra Nakshatra, an auspicious and powerful time to worship Lord Siva and receive his bountiful grace. We would like to share a recent Sun 1 talk that Satguru Bodhinatha gave in Kadavul Temple. In it He discusses the inner importance of temple worship, something to remember when we sit before Siva tomorrow. Aum Namah Sivaya

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Satguru Bodhinatha’s Mahasivaratri Talk

On the beautiful and blessed night of Mahasivaratri, Satguru Bodhinatha comments on Gurudeva's introduction to Merging with Siva, where he elucidates nine different ways that we can merge with God Siva. Bodhinatha's insightful and practical commentary offers a most lucid and compelling visions of the path of the soul's evolution.

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