Today is Ashram Sadhana Day for the monks. It's the one day a month when they forgo their other duties and give all their time to cleaning. Today's initial focus was on Iraivan Temple. Lately the temple has been receiving a steady amount of red-dirt dust blowing in from the surrounding landscaping work, so the monks brought in a lot of water to scrub and wash away much of the build-up. When the land is fully planted and the temple is in active use, this won't be as much of an issue. Also today the monks cleaned their offices, the kitchen, workshop areas and more.
Here is a good quote from Gurudeva's Living With Siva that describes the importance of a clean environment:
Lesson 30: Cleaning the house is an act of purifying one’s immediate environment. Each piece of furniture, as well as the doorways and the walls, catches and holds the emanations of the human aura of each individual in the home, as well as each of its visitors. This residue must be wiped away through dusting and cleaning. This regular attentiveness keeps each room sparkling clean and actinic. Unless this is done, the rooms of the home become overpowering to the consciousness of the individuals who live within them as their auras pick up the old accumulated feelings of days gone by. Small wonder that a dirty room can depress you, and one freshly cleaned can invigorate. In these years, when both mother and father work in the outside world, the house is often simply where they sleep and eat. But if a home receives all of the daily attentions of cleaning it sparkly bright, both astrally and physically, it becomes a welcoming place and not an empty shell.
Today we are blessed to receive the Iraivan Sivalingam's silver naga. Hundreds of emails back and forth from the contributors to the monks about details, shipping, design and whether it could be shipped under a religious object status all had to be worked out over the past several months.
It's here finally and its future will unfold in the coming days.
Here at Kauai Aadheenam the Deities never sleep. This is one of the few places where all eight daily pujas are conducted as prescribed in the Agamas. They happen every three hours at midnight 3am 6am 9am noon 3pm 6pm and 9pm. Each day at 3am Kadavul Temple's Lord Ganesha receives an abhishekam and is dressed for the new day. His decorative colors are calculated by the panchangam and this month He was mostly blues yellows whites and reds. Here he is at about 4:40am each of the past 25 days just following the puja's final arati.
If you worship the elephant-faced Vinayaka your life will expand bountifully. If you worship the white-tusked Vinayaka your desires and doubts will flee. Therefore worship Him with love-offerings of jack hoppers plantain and mango fruits and thus mitigate the burden of deeds. Saint Auvaiyar. 127
Tune in next month for a series of Lord Murugan.
Last November, Amsterdam-based artist Pieter Weltevrede began work on painting a Lord Nataraja in his fantastically creative style. Recently Pieter sent us the finished work which is the result of countless hours of creative genius.
"O God of mercy who performs the dance of illimitable happiness in the hall of inconceivable intelligence! The Rig and other Vedas are thundering forth in words announcing to us that all are thy slaves all things belong to thee all actions are thine that thou pervades everywhere that this is thy nature. Such is the teaching of those who though they never speak yet broke silence for our sake."
Karunakara Kadavul 6.3
We recently received this copy of a photo from Rajkumar Manickam which he took while at the Aadheenam during our 2016 Mahasamadhi celebrations. He skillfully caught a long exposure of our galaxy behind Iraivan Temple. The next photo is a look at the Temple's recent landscaping.
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