Our video told the story of Satguru Purnima, but in the past many have requested copies of the very special darshans that come on this most auspicious day. This slide show includes a large version for each photo. If you click the full screen icon, you will be loading the large image. Note this may take a lot of time on some machines. Once loaded, right click to "Save Image As" or "Save Link As" if you want the photo to be saved on your computer. Hit Escape to return to regular view.
Bodhinatha's Latest Upadesha: "Awareness, Meditation, Work" (June 21,2016)
The mind doesn't move; awareness moves. We have control. Sitting still, restraining the mind, nirodha of the vrittis, is what's changing subconscious from the inside out. Being spurred on by the guru, strive for improvement, seeing progress. Look inside, find happiness and then share it. When not in meditation work to refine every attribute of your nature. Be in the world and be fearless. Face what you need to do and do it well.
Master Course Trilogy, Living with Siva, Lesson 99.
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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
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