Another Version of a Timeless Deity

Pieter Weltevrede’s newest painting of Kadavul’s Lord Nataraja, enjoy.

Muruga’s Magnificence

Tomorrow evening Kauai Aadheenam will be celebrating Vaikasi Visakam with an elaborate puja and abhishekam to Lord Skanda in Kadavul Temple. The energy from this Lord of Kundalini has been steadily increasing as we come closer and closer to His festival time. Here are some photos of Lord Muruga from the last month, to help you along in connecting with His energy. Aum Saravanabhavaya Namah.

Approaching a Hindu Temple Deity: A Primer for Beginners

A lot of meditators to Hindu temples are not coming from traditional Hindu, or Eastern, backgrounds. Many practitioners today are coming from the yoga culture that has permeated the world. These wonderful souls seeking to find the depths of yoga practice, and its origins, make their way into the holy temples of the Hindu faith seeking to stretch their new flexible wings. With a few pointers, anyone can feel right at home at any mandir, temple, math, mut, ashram or monastery/temple complex!

Quartzite Platform Finished

It's done! The golden-hued platform that will be the stage for a thousand years for our silpi bronze master works is completed. The 35-foot oval is nestled amid mature palm trees about 200 feet North of Iraivan Temple. At its center is the massive, 9-foot-long raw stone, quarried from the same mountain as the temple itself, but not carved.

This Summer the bronzes will one by one take their place on the stage, creating an outdoor workshop that pilgrims can explore to see how the temple was constructed.

Monday’s Mighty Murugan

Lord Murugan, God of kundalini yoga, is bedecked in blue clothing today at Kadavul Temple. Fresh fragrant flowers adorn this powerful deity. From a talk Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami gave in 2004: "Usually when someone teaches meditation they're talking just about sitting down and meditating. But Gurudeva says, no don't do that. First develop a relationship with Lord Muruga. There's no point trying to meditate in our particular tradition until you feel close to Lord Muruga. Then your meditations will be deep. Course that means for deep meditation doesn't mean just for simple meditation. Can't expect to have a profound meditation following Gurudeva's teachings unless you have a close relationship with Lord Muruga. So having said that of course. the next logical point is; how do you develop a close relationship with Lord Muruga? How do you develop a close relationship to the Deity? "Bring an offering. Ideally bring a flower for each shrine at which you are going to worship or if that is not possible at least a leaf. The act of giving opens you to the blessings of the Deity. Never visit the temple empty handed. So this is the teaching, such a simple teaching but we see it in the eyes. The room says: "Oh my I should be doing that. "That opens you up to them and therefore you're more receptive to what they give you. So the idea, give before you receive. Mystically it's part of temple worship. "Lord Murugan is traditionally worshipped to invoke the forces of divinity to overcome the forces of darkness. This process takes place both in the world and in the individual.That's the idea is that we can try and bring this into our lives, the worship of Lord Muruga; His ability to stimulate wisdom within us. This wisdom can be applied to our experiences, our pattern of experiences, help us improve our behavior and learn from our mistakes."

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

September 2017
October 2017
November 2017
December 2017
January 2017
February 2017
March 2017
April 2017
May 2017
June 2017
July 2017
August 2017
Subscribe to RSS Feed
Audio Video Slideshows Images Publications Web pages