Tour Day

The Aadheenam constantly sees a huge variety of guests, and this week was no different. This week's tour group was full of smiles and enjoyment as they walked through Siva's gardens and learned more about this special place. Afterwards they and many others stopped by the Mini Mela gift shop. Since Satguru is traveling, Paramacharya Sadasivanathaswami was found inside to answer questions and sign books. He also got to sign his first ever Wailua River Noni Juice bottle. Aum Namah Sivaya

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Sahasralingam Archana at the Monastery

Last week, Kaua`i Aadheenam was honored and blessed to have a most sincere, disciplined group of Satya Sai Baba devotees visit us. Months ago, their coordinator, Sandhya Kanade, contacted us with a request. In fact, her original note to us is the body of this post, as she thoroughly describes everything which took place.

"We are a group of devotees of Sri Satya Sai Baba, who are passionate about helping promote 'World peace' and well-being through the chanting of the Vedas. The Rudram is known to elevate the energies and accord expanding peace and love in the world.  Where better to chant, than in the auspicious grounds of the Kauai Hindu Monastery where preserving and providing a firm foundation of Sanathana Dharma is one of its missions.
"The world is now a global family with many friends and relative from various cultural, variant religious practices and family backgrounds. We desire to perform this Sahasra lingarchana as a group and enjoy Siva Anandam all together under one roof, with the coming together of all people from various castes, creed, sex and age groups to worship Lord Siva. Bhakti and devotion always plays a pivotal role in all our prayers at all times. It is well said that any puja performed as a group gives more vibration and good results to all the participants and the society. Group participation will also provide good understanding and opportunity to all of us and our children to learn more and more about Sanathana Dharma .They can adopt and carry it forward to future generations.
"Sahasra Lingarchana is a unique vedic ritual to worship lord Siva in the name of 'Uma Pardhiveswara Swamy.' It is performed by making 1,116 mruthika siva lingas also called as Pardhiva lingas made out of well prepared and sanctified clay. All these siva lingas are arranged in the form of Kailasa prastharam which is a depiction of Siva Kailasam with 16 avaranas and 1,116 Rudra swaroopas.  They are placed in this particular formation on a wooden plank. Roughly, an area of 9x9 is required. Devotees sit around this arrangement to pray and chant. Siva Shakti is invoked into each Siva lingam through vedic mantras during Shodasa Aavarana puja and worshiped with great devotion and bhakti to seek the blessings of Sri Uma Pardhiveswara Swamy for health, wealth, prosperity, bliss and ultimate mukthi.
"According to our Siva Maha Puranam, it is said that our lord Siva and goddess Parvathi reside in Kailasam, which is surrounded by 16 aavaranas. Each avarana contains a set of Rudra swaroopa devata ganas. There is a well-defined name for each aavarana and the respective devata ganas in the Sahasra Lingarchana kalpam . Shodasa Avarana puja is the process of invoking Rudra swaroopa devata shakti in all 1,116 mruthika sivalingas arranged in kailasa prastharam with 16 avaranas by each ones name and respective mantras. We invite them into the kailasa prastharam with all shodasa upacharams to worship them. Once this is complete, we'll have 1,116 Rudra devata swaroopams with Maha Linga swaroopa Uma Pardhiveswara swamy in the kailasa prastharam. This becomes the pivotal point of the entire universal energy and universal consciousness. What a  great opportunity for every one participating in such event to receive the universal energy as blessings. The mahanyasam is the process to tune your mind and body to absorb this high frequency universal energy present in Kailasa Prastharam which is invoked thru vibrant vedic beejakshra mantras during prana prathistha. This is followed by the Lingaarchana and then Rudraabhishekham.
"The main component in Sahasra Lingarchana is to make 1,116 mruthika Siva lingas, which we usually do in advance at home and bring it safely to the venue.
The main program details and rough time estimates are as follows
1. Ganapathy puja (30 min)
2. Sankalpam (30 min)
3. Mahanyasam (1.5 hrs)
4. Sahasra Lingarchana (1.5 hrs)
5. 1 round of chanting of the Rudram ( 30 min)
"Our hope is to perform it on July 2nd 2016 - Saturday morning and if possible, along with the swamis, yogis and sadhakas of the ashram. We have performed this Archana and chanting in other towns and cities in the US with a dedicated group of volunteers who work tirelessly for a seamless process, starting from setting up for the event to clean-up after the event. It can either be performed indoors or outdoors based on the number of chanters.
"To be able to perform a Sahasralingaarchana and chant the RUDRAM In this auspicious and highly energized Island of Kauai, especially in the precincts of the Monastery is indeed a blessing.  We would like the Monastics and board members to kindly consider this proposal."

We just today received a beautiful message from Sandhya reflecting on the aftermath of their visit:

"Namaste Swamiji,
 
My humble pranaams to Satguru and all of you. We had an inspiring, uplifting and devotion-filled week. Yourself and the entire Monastery showed us what it is to 'share and give selflessly.'
Starting from opening the doors of the monastery for this event to having the group experience the whole divine land of the Monastery- go into the garbhagudi of the Iraivan temple, do Abhishekha to the Narmada Linga , experience the spiritual energy on the grounds- has been a touching experience. You thoughtfulness in simple tasks such as providing bug spray, provide the buggy to take people around etc was an inspiring experience.
 
The icing on the cake was the Ardra pooja and Abhishekha to Lord Nataraja . It was indescribable and was an out of the world experience. The whole group had tears of Bliss flowing incessantly. What a spiritually elevating weekend that was.
 
Thank you  is such a small word that does not express the gratitude we all feel..
 
Samastha Lokaah Sukhino Bhavantu.
 
Namaste,
The Sai group"

July 5th Homa

After a short retreat, the monks begin their new phase. This will be a six day phase with the Chitra Nakshatra directly following it, meaning a Padapuja to Gudeva on the first day of this retreat. Satguru is still traveling, so Paramacharya Sadasivanathaswami again stepped in to oversee this morning's homa and give a short talk at the end. Paramacharya continued his discussion about attachment from the week before and ended by reading from Gurudeva's Merging With Siva:

You have all heard about the sacred river Ganges, but have you ever wondered why this river is sacred? Why has this river become personified among all the rivers of the world? Let us meditate on this and let the river tell its own story to us. The river is the esoteric symbol of life's force, and as it flows it tells us how those cosmic currents flow through the physical body, quieting the emotions and awakening the willpower so that we can keep the mind under our control. This all happens, of course, providing we are in tune and flow with that life force, that illimitable power within us. The birth of this river high in the Himalayas we can liken to our own conception and entrance into physical consciousness. As the river flows to meet the sea, it drops off many disturbances, just as our life absorbs many of its hindrances. The rapids smooth out, the waterfalls become smaller, the mouth of the river broadens, and as the river flows into the ocean we can see this esoteric symbol of life ending its manifest physical form. Let us relate that symbol to our own consciousness, holding it within our mind, the river as a symbol of life. Now look at yourself and see what stops that river from flowing. What stops you from flowing with cosmic forces and becoming one with life's ocean of eternal bliss? Is it not attachment that keeps us clinging to the bank of the river? Is it not fear that we are attached to? All of the personalities we know and the various material objects we are clinging to keep us holding tightly to the banks of life's cosmic river. The river still flows on, but we do not flow with it. We are fighting against life's currents when we allow ourselves to become attached. Think today about the personal experiences in your lifetime and clearly view just how often you cling to the banks of life's river by attaching yourself to personalities and possessions. Have you ever stopped to think that we even become attached to things that we do not like and to the things that we have done against our better judgment? We are attached to objects, values, schedules, habits, memories, even likes and dislikes. We become attached because we do not stop to understand that each of those experiences that conceived the attachment was just a boulder, a waterfall or an old tree trunk blocking one of the little rivulets as it tried to merge with the great stream ever merging itself into the ocean.

Homeward Bound Pilgrims

Kaivalyanathaswami enjoys a good-bye-for-now chat with Luisa Vaca in our Wiliwili Mandapam. She is an enthusiastic registered Master Course student who has just completed a month-long pilgrimage here. Today, she is returning to her home to in Castaic, Southern California. "This has been a tremendous time for us," she said. (Her 20-year-old son, Sebastian [not pictured], had joined her for two weeks of the pilgrimage). "It has brought us a lot of clarity and understanding. It's helped remove obstacles and brought us closer to the Deities! We really feel good about that. It was a great experience that taught me the deeper meaning of pilgrimage.
Luisa is originally from Peru and remains close to that country and its culture. In fact, in a few days she will be traveling there with Sebastian on a different kind of pilgrimage, to visit with the ancient Q'ero people whose ways of living and philosophy she finds identical to that of Hinduism and Saivism. Buen viaje, Luisa and Sebastian! We are eager to hear of your experience there.

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