July 27th Homa and Vidyasishya Pledge

Basanti Mardemootoo from Mauritius is currently visiting her grandparents on Kauai, so she took the opportunity to become a Vidyasishya of Saiva Siddhanta Church during our early morning Siva homa in Kadavul Temple. She voiced the Yama-Niyama Pledge and Ten-Minute Sadhana Vigil Pledge from the Vidyasishya document. The practices given in these two pledges help provide a balanced life throughout the schooling years, especially when away from home in university.

More Photoblogs By Saiva Siddhanta Church Members from Mauritius Innersearch

We are happy to share more photoblogs prepared by sishyas in Mauritius.

Click here for July Ganesha Homa and other Innersearch activities on that day, Part Two

Click here for Guru Purnima celebration, part one, parade on palenquin

Click here for Guru Purnima celebration, part two, pada puja

Click here for Guru Purnima celebration, part three, prostrations and bhajans

Click here for Satguru Bodhinatha's seminar at Hennessy hotel, plus vows, dikshas and pledges

Click here for Innersearch grand finale dinner

Northern California Satsang

Click here for photos of Satguru Bodhinatha pada puja and satsang with formal sishyas and other devotees

South California Satsang

Each month, members and students in Southern California gather for satsang in one of their homes. Here are photos from San Diego at the Mahadevan's home

Dikshas and Vows Taken During Mahasamadhi Celebrations

After seven years of study, preparation, proving themselves to their guru by living the teachings in all aspects of their lives, Mrunal and Padmaja Patel received their mantra diksha on November 1st, which means receiving spiritual initiation from Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami to chant Aum Namah Sivaya 108 times daily on rudraksha japa mala. Prior to this, they were chanting Aum Saravanabhava. It is the first of two dikshas that all sishyas in Saiva Siddhanta Church prepare to receive. They are now known as dikshasishyas.

Also, Mrunal's mother Hansa Patel took her four vows—with assistance from Padmaja and Jigisha, Mrunal's sister, also a Himalayan Academy student—entering Saiva Siddhanta Church as a vratasishya. Congratulations, Dadiji!

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