Sadhu Paksha Begins

Today the monastics of Kauai Aadheenam begin their seasonal two-week retreat known as Sadhu Paksha. During this time the monks break from their usual morning routine to walk about the sacred gardens and worship and meditate to the rising sun. Apart from the aadheenam being more restrictive toward visiting guests, daytime activities for the monks and visitors to Kadavul Temple remain much the same. At the end of these two weeks we will observe the ritau change and welcome the new season with a flag raising. This morning our Takagrapher took a walk out to Iraivan Temple as is his usual morning jaunt. We also asked our task forcer, Kodiswara to take some beautiful nature photos to supplement today's post, for Nature truly is the first temple.

Aum Namah Sivaya.

“The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures. It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth in numberless blades of grass and breaks into tumultuous waves of leaves and flowers.”
― Rabindranath Tagore

Kadavul Ardra Abhishekam

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

Colleena Shakti Dances at the Aadheenam

Yesterday the monastery hosted the great dancer Colleena Shakti and her dance troupe. She's been holding an annual retreat on Kaua`i for the last several years and makes a visit to us each time, showcasing her artistic craft for all to experience. Specifically, Colleena offers an Odissi dance when performing at the Aadheenam. Her expertise is not limited to the Odissi school, however. The scope of her talent is vast and we encourage you to explore her website:

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The Creation and Blessing of Satguru’s Holy Chariot

We present a complete slideshow of the Siddhidata Kulam's creation of Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami's new procession chariot which was first used on this past Satguru Purnima. The ensuing weeks before the big day involved *a lot* of work on the part of the Siddhidata Kulam to ensure it would be completed in time. For them, we are thankful.

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