Toronto Subrmuniyaswami Mahasamadhi Gurupuja

From devotees in Toronto:
"On Sunday, October 19, 2014, we observed Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami's Mahasamadhi Gurupuja at the Sankkamam Prayer Hall. It was attended by large gathering of swami's devotees." 

2014 Mahasamadhi Final Celebrations

Above are photos from our final day of Gurudeva's 13th Mahasamadhi celebration.

The day began with a short padapuja, followed by a final satsang with Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, at which he presented each pilgrim with a copy of our new Guru Chronicles Audio Book USB drive. The afternoon began with an elaborate havana in kadavul performed by Kumar Gurukkal, and culminated with a final puja to Gurudeva's black-granite tiruvadi. The whole afternoon event lasted about four hours.

From Dancing With Siva:
The satguru is like the sun. He is just there, radiating this very pure energy like the sun evaporates water. The satguru hardly does anything at all. It is the seeker who opens himself to the great accumulated power of darshan which the guru inherited from his guru and his guru's guru, as well as the natural darshan he unfolded from within himself through his evolution and practices of sadhana and tapas. It's all up to the aspirant at first. A satguru doesn't do a thing. The guru can amuse himself externally with anything. It does not make any difference in his darshan when he is at a certain point in his unfoldment. If you are around him long enough, and if you are honest with yourself and persistent in the tasks he asks you to perform and directions he gives you, psychic seals lift after awhile. But you have to do your part. He does his in an inner way, and as he does, you will feel the psychic seals melt away under his fiery darshan, just like a blowtorch penetrates and transforms the metal it touches.

From the Kularnava Tantra:
Devotion to the Satguru is the one main prescription. Without this, all learning, all austerity, family status and observances are useless. They are only decorations, pleasing to the worldly eye. The sishya who has complete devotion, steady and constant, what has he to worry about? Moksha is in the hollow of his palm. For him who remembers, “My Satguru is Siva Himself who grants Liberation,” fulfillment is not far off. As the steady devotion for the Satguru grows, so grows one’s knowledge. Neither yoga, nor tapas, nor ritual of worship are sufficient for spiritual attainment. Only gurubhakti excels. Service to the guru performed with devotion, according to one’s means, holds the same merit whether offered by the wealthy or the impoverished. Even if you give the whole of your wealth to the guru but without devotion, the fruit will not accrue to you, for indeed devotion is the only cause. The sacred paduka of the guru are the ornament. Remembrance of his name is japa. Carrying out his command is duty. Service to him is worship.

Mahasamadhi Day Three

On our third Mahasamadhi day, devotees observed a special blessing of the newly renovated Media Studio. Following a morning of pujas and classes, everyone made their way to the Studio's redwood entryway, where Kumar Gurukkal performed an official opening puja. We then followed Bodhinatha inside for the final blessing, after which Gurukkal went through and purified each room. Snacks and some of the monk's homemade lime soda were served as Bodhinatha and each of the members of the Ganapati Kulam gave a short talk about the project and the new studio's implications. With this period of renovation closing, the future of our publications team's educational work is looking bright. Jai Gurudeva!

Mahasamadhi Day Two

Today we celebrated our second day of our Gurudeva Mahasamadhi activities. The day began in Kadavul Temple with a the chanting of Sri Rudram and a short puja conducted by Sadhaka Jayanatha and Sadhaka Dayanatha. Even before the puja had begun, Gurudeva's presence could be felt as a powerful love and inner stillness radiating out from his tiruvadi. Following the final arati, everyone sat for a silent meditation.

After the pilgrims enjoyed breakfast and the morning Siva puja, everyone gathered in the Guru Peedam for a class with Paramacharya Sadasivanathaswami. Swamigal discussed many things, including recent positive happenings and also about how we should respond to hostility, which he explained through several real-life stories. The group also discussed ways in which we can maintain Gurudeva's presence in our everyday life.

Paramacharya read a poem, called "Who Was It?",
that he wrote to Gurudeva during a past Mahasamadhi Festival

Who was it who captured my errant heart
and save me from a common life?
My Gurudeva, whose love for me
was greater than my love of the fleeting world.

Who took me in and in, revealing the core
of this vast cosmos to be my very Self?
My Gurudeva, who every waking moment
knew the Self of all as his very Self.

Who drove the demons of distraction
from my mind, never to return?
My Gurudeva, whose perfectly one-pointed
mind permitted not the slightest wavering.

Who shattered the charade of self-interest
and unshakled me from ego's confinements?
My Gurudeva, whose humility was so pure
it shamed away petty self-importance in all who approached him.

Who set me on the path of self-transformation,
uprooting the weeds of worry, wantonness and weakness of will?
My Gurudeva, whose iron will knew no resistence
in this world or the next.

Who opened doors and windows of the mind,
that my constrained perceptions could soar in the larger world.
My Gurudeva, who lived a life on Earth,
a life in Siva's Elysium and a third between.

Who taught me life's practical lessons,
that my youthful sassiness could turn to something useful to others?
My Gurudeva, who knew the world's ways
and achieved everything he set his mind to do.

Who introduced me to the Gods
and made me fall with affection at Siva's holy feet?
My Gurudeva, who taught me what pure love is
and walked, a living Siva, on the Earth.

Who took my hand and kept me strong
when days were dark and doubts rained down unrelentingly?
My Gurudeva, whose strength I never measured,
who was the agile nemesis of all negativity.

Who gave me the gift of oneness that lies beyond divine union,
That which is prior to all things, the gift of infinite inclusion?
My Gurudeva, who knew all things, delighted in all things, was all things
and, possessing the All in all, could proffer it to those with hands outstretched.

Who saw through my crass humaness,
perceiving the divinity within, all the while redefining true humanity?
My Gurudeva, humanity's noblest son, freed of every dross,
and able to see only perfection in this world.

Who mended in me what many lives had broken
and set me on the golden throne of self-knowing?
My Gurudeva, my heart's ruler, whose loving light healed all it touched
with the palpable promise of perfections yet to come.

From Merging with Siva:
Older souls, seeking the Self beyond the mind, merge with the Spirit and with things spiritual. For them, a pure and nearly perfect life calls. They intuitively know that the profound merger of jiva in Siva is no easy task, to be accomplished in a weekend seminar or yoga class. So they go farther, they renounce, they take up the ideals of the four Vedas--not to parrot them, but to live them, just as did the rishis of yore. That leads to the path of the renouncer, to the sannyasin in the Indian tradition. Though it may not be your dharma to formally renounce the world, you can benefit your search immensely by knowing how the great ones seek to live and respond to life. You can find ways in the midst of your life to follow their example. Realize that the sannyasins, the sadhus and the host of nameless mendicants from the traditional orders of Hinduism do have built within them the spiritual, social, cultural structure that has survived siege and pestilence within the countries they serve. But most importantly, these three million soldiers of the within have survived the siege of their lower self, the pestilence of their own mind, and risen above to the heights.

2014 Mahasamadhi Celebrations Begin!

Today marked the first day of our 2014 Gurudeva Mahasamadhi festivities. About 40 pilgrims flew in from off-island to join our monks and island devotees for four days of worship, classes and sadhanas. This first day began with a homa, followed by breakfast and then a hour and a half class with Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, at which he gave a powerful dissertation on the first few verses of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, looking at their similarity with the Shum language and unraveling their experiential depths. After having lunch together the pilgrims will end their day with a class with Shanmuganathaswami.

It is up to you to put your religion into practice. Feel the power of the Gods in the pūjā. If you don’t feel them, if you are just going through ritual and don’t feel anything, you are not awake. Get the most out of every experience that the temple offers, the guru offers, the devas offer, that your life’s experiences, which you were born to live through, offer. In doing so, slowly the kuṇḍalinī begins to loosen and imperceptibly rise into its yoga. That’s what does the yoga; it’s the kuṇḍalinī seeking its source, like the tree growing, always reaching up to the Sun. Gurudeva

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