Some highlights of the final day. October 28th.
A devotee was reflecting in the days moving toward Mahasamadhi this year, reflecting on Gurudeva's words that he had only one power, the ability to transform lives. If a shishya needed one siddi in her satguru, that would be it. Thinking thus, she penned this little ode to Gurudeva:
Only someone as true as Gurudeva could be so humble and silent about something so massive …
What a lesson in
standing in truth
irrespective of what others are doing
resisting the temptation to flaunt
responding only to love
How much have I
to learn from you,
of you …
I rejoice and bask
in the joy
of having my breath touched
by one as rare as you!
What could I do without you?!!
Infinite love and eternal gratitude
Aum Namah Sivaya!.
Today we are going to bring you days two through five of the mahasamadhi ceramonies and classes. The week was truly a special one, starting each day off with a puja to Gurudeva followed by a group meditation. A major class from a swami was held before lunch and plenty of time for the group of pilgrims to wander about the property to do sadhana or chat with others.
The slideshow takes you through one of our morning pujas, conducted by Natyams Rajanatha and Mayuranatha, then to Satguru's keynote class and our final homa and pajapuja, which was extremely intoxicating with thick, smoke-like darshan that filled the room.
The monks were able to make lunch for everyone each day and Gurudeva's devotees all ate together in our largest mandapam. Our newest publication and app were handed out to everyone as a special gift to those who gave up their time to spend it with Gurudeva.
Thank you to everyone for coming, thank you to our officiating priest Kumar Gurukkal, thank you Satguru for letting us serve in this way. Aum Namah Sivaya.
Today we celebrate the final day of Gurudeva's Mahasamadhi Celebration!
This afternoon we will enjoy an elaborate homa and a padapuja to Gurudeva's paduka in Kadavul Temple. Jai Gurudeva! Don't worry, next phase we will cover the days we skipped on TAKA.
This morning sunrise over the aadheenam is a beautiful way to start our 2017 Gurudeva Mahasamadhi celebrations! Jai Gurudeva!
After attaining his mahasamadhi in 2001, Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami has been worshiped at this time each year. Pilgrims from around the world have arrived and today was the first day of their morning worship and classes with the monks. We'll post photos soon, once they're all processed. Until then, enjoy these beautiful shots of our islands charm, and join us in thanking Gurudeva for the magical, perfect presence that he has caused to flood into our lives every single day. Aum Namah Sivaya. Sivaya Namah Aum.
"To live positively in the conscious mind each day, exercise at least a half hour. Keep the vital energies of the body high and healthy. Eat simply and follow a vegetarian diet, feeding the stomach rather than the mouth. Be considerate of others always and live inconspicuously, almost transparently, by not ruffling your surroundings, by keeping the home neat and clean, by passing through a room or place and leaving it in a nicer condition than before you arrived. Seek fresh air and learn to breathe deeply. Get out in the sun. Move the physical body, walk briskly, dance, keep the energies vibrant and buoyant. Be close to nature. Grow food. Develop an art or craft so the hands are active, creative. Of course, being neat and attractive in personal appearance keeps the thoughts of others toward you positive. This is the way to live in the conscious mind. Try to live life as though you are walking in the rain without getting wet, or carefully writing on water. No ripples, no disturbance, no reactionary residue that has to be faced at some future date." Gurudeva
Last evening marked the beginning of this month's Chitra nakshatra (a lunar mansion along the ecliptic). This is the time when we celebrate Gurudeva with a padapuja to his granite paduka in Kadavul Temple. This morning Satguru, his monks and island members gathered together in Kadavul Temple to connect with Gurudeva's familiar darshan. Natyam Jayanatha and Natyam Mayuranatha performed the short abhishekam, pouring pranic substances over the tiruvadi, such as milk, honey and citrus. The temples filled with these sweet aromas and the scent of incense as Sri Rudram was chanted and Gurudeva's loving presence was felt by those attending. Aum Namah Sivaya.
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