Moksha Ritau Begins at Kauai Aadheenam with Chitra Puja

It was a most auspicious day as the monks completed their Sadhu Paksha retreat by honoring Gurudeva with a Chitra puja in the morning followed by our flag raising.

A Panchaganapati Story

ganesha Dear swamis of Kauai Aadheenam! Last night Savitri and I stepped outside to watch the Geminid meteor shower and, indeed, saw a few nice ones. This morning at breakfast, we told our 5-year-old daughter, Meena, about it and she literally broke down crying. With tears streaming down her face she timidly said that she has never seen one in her "whole life"! I told her we will go out tonight when it's dark and look for them. Of course, the Geminids would have already past and at the time before she goes to bed, Gemini will have barely risen. Nonetheless, as promised, this evening, we went outside at 6 pm and sat on the bench looking at the skies in the direction of Gemini, begging the sky for a shooting star. Twenty minutes passed in the freezing cold with no shooting stars. Then I said, "I know, let's ask Ganesha." Meena turned her head back to the house in the direction of the shrine room and softly called "Ganesha"  looking up in the sky in the opposite direction of Gemini. Instantly, a spectacular meteorite shot high in the sky lasting over two seconds. We both gasped! Later, Meena kissed the ornament on the Panchaganapati shrine with Ganesha's image and said, "thank you."  We thought you would all appreciate our holiday story. Jaya Ganesha!

Krittika Deepam

Several days ago, the monastery held a humble observance of Krittika Deepam. It is a day when God Siva is worshipped as an infinite pillar of light. Many Murugan temples also celebrate this festival as it is tied to the Krittika nakshatra. In many cases, bonfires are a lit to represent the divine and all permeating light of Parashakti. Just after sunset, several of the monks decorated Kadavul and Iraivan temple with hundreds of small candles. Instead of lighting a bonfire, a large camphor lamp was lit in front of Kadavul Temple's kodimaram.

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

Skanda Shashthi – Muruga’s Divine Radiance
Invoked Into the Bhuloka

After the Mahasamadhi observances each year, the week of Skanda Shashthi follows and we are blessed with the power of Lord Murugan's presence. This year's Skanda Shashthi abhishekam was as magical as always. It is an amazing experience, one that always seems new -- to feel the from-another-world life-altering actinic power of Lord Murugan's rays of grace.

Celebrating Ardra Nakshatra

Today is this month's Ardra Nakshatra, a day when Siva's grace flows forth with great strength. Each month a beautiful abhishekam is held is Kadavul Temple. Monks pour, milk, yogurt, citrus juice, chandana, honey, vibuthi and rose water over Nataraja as Sri Rudram is chanted. The absorbed pranas are then released during the final arati, blessing those who are both physically and mentally present.

He is the God of forms infinite in whose glory all things are--smaller than the smallest atom, and yet the Creator of all, ever living in the mystery of His creation. In the vision of this God of love there is everlasting peace. He is the Lord of all who, hidden in the heart of things, watches over the world of time. The Gods and seers of Brahman are one with Him, and when a man knows Him, he cuts the bonds of death. Krishna Yajur Veda

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