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.
Happy Ganesha Chaturthi!
This morning the aadheenam began this most auspicious day with a padapuja to Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami's paduka in Kadavul Temple. Nirvani Tejadevanatha and Natyam Rajanatha performed the abhishekam. The Temple was filled with Gurudeva's grace, and its power amplified by Lord Ganesha's presence. This afternoon we celebrate Ganesha Chaturthi with an Abhishekam to Lord Vinayaka. If you're looking to develop a deeper connection with Gurudeva or Lord Ganesha, today's a good day to work on it! Aum Gam Ganapataye Namah.
Today, being Chitra Nakshatra, Satguru, the monastics and local members gathered in Kadavul Temple in the early morning. There they observed a padapuja to Gurudeva's granite tiruvadi.
"Henceforth being pure, clean, void, tranquil, breathless, selfless, endless, undecaying, steadfast, eternal, unborn, independent, he abides in his own greatness." - Vedas
Today marked the moon's passage into the lunar mansion (nakshatra) known as Ardra. Ardra nakshatra is associated with Lord Siva, specifically with the eponymously named star within it. The star known as Ardra is known as Betelgeuse in astronomy, and is 1.5 billion times larger than our sun. Think about that. Keep in mind that our sun is a million times larger than the size of our earth to begin with. This affords us the opportunity to meditate on the microcosm/macrocosm concept. Lord Nataraja's image conveys the constant activity of our natural universe in His dance. It occurs every millisecond within every subatomic particle. This is Parasakti.
Today's photo captions are the entirety of Gurudeva's third lesson of Dancing with Siva, "What Is Meant by 'Dancing with Siva?'."
Please also enjoy also this quotation from Saint Thirumular on Siva's Dance.
"The thirty-six elements dance. Sadasiva dances. Consciousness dances. Siva-Sakti dances. The animate and inanimate dance. All these and the Vedas dance when the Supreme dances His dance of bliss. The seven worlds as His golden abode, the five chakras as His pedestal, the central kundalini sakti as His divine stage, thus in rapture He dances, He who is Transcendent Light. He dances with the celestials. He dances in the golden hall. He dances with the three Gods. He dances with the assembly of silent sages. He dances in song. He dances in ultimate energy. He dances in souls--He who is the Lord of Dances. Tat Astu."
-- Saint Thirumoolar
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