Happy Pancha Ganapati Day 2!

December 22, blue: Day two is devoted to creating a vibration of love and harmony among neighbors, relatives and close friends and presenting them with heartfelt gifts. The sadhana of the day is to offer apologies and clear up any misunderstandings that exist. Relatives and friends in far-off places are written to or called, forgiveness is sought, apologies made and tensions released. Gifts received are placed unopened before Pancha Ganapati.

Happy Pancha Ganapati Day 1!

December 21, yellow: The family sadhana for the first day of Pancha Ganapati is to create a vibration of love and harmony among immediate family members. The day begins early, and the entire family works together to design and decorate the shrine with traditional symbols, rangoli, lamps and more. Then a grand puja is performed invoking the spirit of Pancha Ganapati in the home. The sadhana of the day now begins. The family sits together for the purpose of easing any strained relationships that have arisen during the year. They make amends one with another for misdeeds performed, insults given, mental pain and injuries caused and suffered. When forgiveness is offered to all by one and all, they speak of each other’s good qualities and resolve that in the days ahead they will remember the futility of trying to change others and the practicality of changing one’s self to be the silent example for all to witness. Gifts are then exchanged and placed unopened before Pancha Ganapati. As family harmony is important to all Hindus, this sadhana must be taken very, very seriously.

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Gift Giving Across the Island

Every year the monks work on gift giving to approximately 350 businesses and friends of the monastery. This year we are continuing our macadamia nut gift. The Pillaiyar Kulam works to get all of them covered in a nice new label with a Kauai Aadheenam feel to it. Monks then go out in pairs and deliver the packages in person. IMG_0583

Ardra Nakshatra

shutterstock_152281679 Today the monks worshiped Siva Nataraja during the ardra nakshatra period of the day. An elaborate abhishekam was performed with milk, honey, herbs, rose water, chandanam, yogurt and coconuts. Sunder thy desires. Sunder thy desires. Sunder thy desires even unto the Lord. The more the desires, the more the sorrows. The more thou givest up, The more thine bliss shall be. A million times they are born and die; In a million follies they forget this. In the darkness of mala they are enveloped, When, at last, the hidden grace of Siva Bursts forth and chases away the night. Then comes the moment for the soul to renounce, And it then becomes a radiant Light. Tirumantiram

Sivalaya Deepam

At the end of the previous phase, the monks celebrated Sivalaya Deepam. In the evening, several monks decorated our temples with hundreds of small lamps, placed throughout the temple interiors and around Kadavul's Nandi mandapam. Then a short arati was conducted in each sanctum, all concluding with a final lighting of a large pot of camphor before the dhwajasthamba, celebrating Siva as an infinite pillar of light.

"The Pure Flame is He, the immortal Lord is He,
The Radiant Flame who in my heart's core resides;
The Lord whose eyes are the Three Fires,
Who the Seven Worlds transcends,
The Lord of Homa's Cool Flame, and my heart's King besides."

Tirumantiram 221

Aum Namah Sivaya.

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