Happy Ganesha Chaturthi!

Yesterday we celebrated Ganesha Chaturthi at Kauai Aadheenam in Kadavul Hindu Temple. This annual home-temple festival occurs on the fourth day ("chaturthi" means "fourth" in Sanskrit) after amavasya, or the new moon in the month of Simha, which is always in either August or September. In Hindu homes around the world in which Ganesha is worshiped, handmade Ganesha icons are fashioned and worshipped for ten days, culminating on the fourteenth day after the new moon in Simha, known as Ananta Chaturdashi. "Ananta" means eternal, and "chaturdashi" means fourteen. "Chatur" is four, "dashi" is tenth from the word "dasha" meaning ten in Sanskrit. On this day, the aforementioned Ganesha murti which the family made and worshiped for ten days is submersed in a body of water, be it an ocean, lake, river, pond, etc. Though in same families and communities, this submersion, called visarjana or a "farewell" is sometimes done on Ganesha Chaturthi day itself.

Satguru Visits Jayendrapuriswami

Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami and Sannyasin Shanmuganathaswami recently were in Bangalore, and met with Sri Jayendrapuriswami. Swamiji is the head of Kailash Ashram in Rajarajeswarinagar and a dear friend to the Aadheenam.

From Chidambaram

The Nataraja temple in Chidambaram is exceedingly close to our monks and members. And it should be, being the Center of the Universe. We never expected the great dikshitar lineage of priests from that temple to visit Kauai, but that is exactly what happened this week. Father and son dikshitars are on the island for an eight-day symposium on puja, homa and mantras. They are teaching daily in Hanalei at a yoga studio.

They have been all over America, raising consciousness and also raising funds for their padasala in Tamil Nadu. Their Ratna Charitable Trust runs the Veda priest school in rented facilities, and they are seeking help to build a permanent place where the old traditions can be passed on to the next generation.

The father is Siva Rajasikamani Deekshithar and the son is Shanmuganandha Deekshithar. During their visit monks felt as though long lost brothers had returned.

Their hosts brought them to the Siva Puja yesterday and they were able to tour Iraivan and the sacred gardens with Sadasivanathaswami.

Gurudeva would count it as nearly miraculous that yoga students on this little is are learning puja and mantras from the dikshitars themselves. Gurudeva and Bodhinatha have a long history of connection at Chidambaram, and the two temples are powerfully connected. More so now. At the end of this slideshow are some photos from days gone by in Chidambaram.

As they departed they smiled and said they plan to come each year now and teach on the other islands too. We hope that is possible.

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

More Iraivan Temple Stones Arrive!

Jai Ganesha!

The Aadheenam has just received a large shipment of granite stones from Bengaluru for the continuation of Iraivan Temple construction. This shipment included many stone for the perimeter wall as well as a few others. Two of the large red granite pots, which will sit atop the wall, also arrived. Aum Namah Sivaya.

Archives are now available through 2001. Light colored days have no posts. 1998-2001 coming later.

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