Setting up for Guru Jayanti

This afternoon, monks and devotees gathered to set up for tomorrow's celebration of Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami's 72nd Jayanti. The guru peedam is being decorated in preparation for tomorrow's padapuja and the Sun Palace is being decorated for the monks evening dinner together with Bodhinatha.

There is no one greater in the three worlds than the guru. It is he who grants divine knowledge and should be worshiped with supreme devotion.
Atharva Veda, Yoga-Åšikha Upanishad

Guests to the Ganapati Kulam’s Morning Meeting

We've recently had the pleasure of hosting two very special people: Amma Anne Deer and sculptress Holly Young. Amma Anne is visiting from Vashon Island in Washington State. She is the mother of Sadhaka Jayanatha, and therefor, of all the monks. She is here for ten days and has enjoyed exploring Kauai's trails and beaches with Jayanatha. Holly has spent a few days on Kauai and has come to do a photo shoot for the next Iraivan carving model which she will create from wax. This one will include two silpis prying up a heavy stone together. With two models and one of Iravan's heavy stones, she captured the look and feel of that much weight being moved on camera.

Three Satgurus

The Iraivan containers which are on their way to Kauai are currently in Honolulu. Here is another small peak as to what's inside.

To see him, to adore him, to meditate on him, to touch him, to sing of him, to bear his holy feet on humbled head--they that render devotion to guru in diverse ways thus--they indeed walk the San Marga, that to liberation leads. Tirumantiram 1479

October 10th Homa

After three days of retreat, the monks began their new phase with yesterday's homa. Yoginathaswami conducted the sacred ritual, while Sivanathaswami burned the prayers and gave a delightful talk afterwards.

Ayudha Puja

This past Friday, the monastery observed Ayudha Puja in our kitchen.

"Ayudha Puja" simply translates to "implement worship," and is performed on Vijayadashami - the day immediately following the last night of Navaratri.

At this time, whatever items used to do his or her profession or other duties are cleaned well, adorned with vibhuti, chandanam, and kumkum, flowers, etc. and offered arati and incense. No matter what items are being blessed, some form of printed knowledge (books, magazines, iPad, etc) are usually included.

Any tool that is personally or professionally vital to the devotee is blessed. This could include computers, motorcycles, power saws, dish washers, calculators, musical instruments, theatre make up, farming trackers, etc.

This particular Ayudha Puja was performed in the monastery's kitchen, so things such as our blender, food processor, oven and stove, cutting boards, knifes, spoons, scouring sponge, rice paddle, pots, pans and more were worshipped.

The blessings of Goddess Saraswati are invoked, as well as Lord Ganesha.

This custom is an ancient and meaningful one, with the sentiment behind it being the acknowledgement that work is worship and that the tools we use to conduct said worship are the power, the shakti, that works behind it.

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