Satguru in UK, June 30 Pt. 1: Kew Gardens

This past Thursday, students and devotees took Satguru out for a visit to the spectacular Kew Royal Botanical Gardens in Surrey. The Gardens are spread out over 350 acres, containing some trees over 300 years old.

Satguru in London – June 29th

Following Satguru's 10am satsang at the Veergathiyar's home, He and Sannyasin Shanmuganathaswami began their evening at the Sri Murugan Temple in East Ham. Satguru was happy to see Pichai Gurukal there who was on his way to the Maryland Murugan Temple kumbhabhishekam. He has seven of his students at this temple as priests. After arati, Satguru gave a talk about the importance of temples, with Mrs. Santhirapala translating in Tamil. Satguru then visited the Saiva Munnetra Sangam where the priest did a long and beautiful puja to their Deities, which are the same as at Chidambaram: Nataraja, Ambal and Rahasiyam. Satguru gave a spontaneous upadesha to end the evening. Om Namah Sivaya

An excerpt from Satguru's talk on temples:

The first of the three worlds is the physical world called the Bhuloka. The second is the astral world called the Antarloka. It is where we reside in between physical births. The third world is the Sivaloka and is where God Siva, Deities such as Lord Ganesha and Murugan and great souls who have achieved moksha reside.

The purpose of the puja is to create an inner link with the Sivaloka which allows the Deity being worshipped to reside temporarily in the murti. Ajita Agama has a simple description of this process: “Siva lingam puja is for the purpose of invoking the presence of Sadasiva in the lingam.”

My guru, Sivaya Subramuniyaswami gave this description of murti worship: “We worship God Siva and the Gods who by their infinite powers spiritually hover over and indwell the image, or murti which we revere as their temporary body. We commune with them through the ritual act of puja.”

Off to London!

Today Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami and Sannyasin Shanmuganathaswami left for a three week journey, primarily to the UK. As is customary many of the monks and local members gathered as Satguru left the monastery to offer a flower and wish him well in his travels. Swami Ramana Swaroopananda who is visiting was also there to bid him farewell, along with Brahmachari Dr Vrajvihari Sharan who coincidentally just arrived for a visit all the way from London.

Chicago Satsang

Here are some more photos from Satguru's recent trip. Satguru, Shanmuganathaswami and Siddhanathaswami attend a satsang at Jeyendran's home in Chicago, IL. Aum Namah Sivaya.

San Francisco Bay Area Hindu Bhajanai Group

On May 15 while traveling, Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami was inivited to give an upadesha to the Bay Area Hindu Bhajani Group. The Group meets monthly in different homes around the San Francisco Bay Area, CA and their mission is, "To educate and inculcate Hindu values, principles, traditions, and teachings to the children in the community. Provide a spiritual forum for the elders and families to gather regularly.  Encourage children and adults to do service in the community."

This month's gathering drew about 100 devotees, including many children and youth. It was held within the home of Mr. and Mrs. Siva and Sugi Swaminathan of Fremont, CA. Sannayasins Shanmuganathaswami and Siddhanathaswami accompanied Satguru. We present a slideshow of images from the day's event.

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