Skanda Shasthi 2015

As part of Skanda Shashti, devotees came to worship Lord Muruga's grand Vel atop Muruga Hill on San Marga. Offerings of fresh fruits, camphor, kumkum, incense, vibhuti, turmeric, coconuts, flowers, milk, auspicious herbs, rose water, and new cloth were all presented to Lord Muruga on His hill. Thiruppugal sounds were sung and mantras filled the air. From the viewpoint of the top of Muruga Hill, one looks out upon the duration of San Marga only to see Swayambhu Sivalingam at its final point. From Muruga's Shakti Vel, we are propelled onward and upward to Siva's Holy Feet.

Another Look at Mahasamadhi 2015

Rajkumar Manickam delivered his collection from mahasamadhi this year and we are more than happy to share it. Please enjoy this giant slideshow from the eye of Raj.

Hula Group Blesses Our Sacred Space

Today we had a wonderful offering of a hula performance at the monastery. Pilgrims still here from mahasamadhi were able to watch in on the sacred, ancient dance offering. Check out their website:

From Wikipedia:
Hula is a dance form accompanied by chant (oli) or song (mele). It was developed in the Hawaiian Islands by the Polynesians who originally settled there. The hula dramatizes or portrays the words of the oli or mele in a visual dance form.

Meeting More Wonderful Souls

Sanjiva and Tiya Thielamay with baby Veylan chat with Kaivalyanathaswami near Kadavul. Sanjiva is from Mauritius and has known Kaivalyanathaswami for a long, long time. He and his family live in Chicago and invite Satguru to their home whenever he travels there.

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Mahasamadhi Class with Brahmanathaswami: Singing!

Hindus hold singing close to their hearts. One of the most expressive forms of bhakti for us is through song. Brahmanathaswami took us on a journey of sound, ranging from Yogaswami's Natchintanai to Gurudeva's Shum chanting. BR-class_2015-mahasamadhi

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