Today is the Ardra Nakshatra, a time each month when Siva’s star comes into alignment and His divine energies are easily felt. It is on this day each month that the monks perform an abhishekam to Nataraja in Kadavul’s inner sanctum.
He is the God of forms infinite in whose glory all things are—smaller than the smallest atom, and yet the Creator of all, ever living in the mystery of His creation. In the vision of this God of love there is everlasting peace. He is the Lord of all who, hidden in the heart of things, watches over the world of time. The Gods and seers of Brahman are one with Him, and when a man knows Him, he cuts the bonds of death.
Kṛishṇa Yajur Veda, Śvetāśvatara Upanishad 4.14-15. UPM, 91-92
From Dancing With Siva:
What Is the Symbolism of Śiva’s Dance?
The symbolism of Śiva Naṭarāja is religion, art and science merged as one. In God’s endless dance of creation, preservation, destruction and paired graces is hidden a deep understanding of our universe. Aum Namaḥ Śivāya.
Naṭarāja, the King of Dance, has four arms. The upper right hand holds the drum from which creation issues forth. The lower right hand is raised in blessing, betokening preservation. The upper left hand holds a flame, which is destruction, the dissolution of form. The right leg, representing obscuring grace, stands upon Apasmārapurusha, a soul temporarily Earthbound by its own sloth, confusion and forgetfulness. The uplifted left leg is revealing grace, which releases the mature soul from bondage. The lower left hand gestures toward that holy foot in assurance that Śiva’s grace is the refuge for everyone, the way to liberation. The circle of fire represents the cosmos and especially consciousness. The all-devouring form looming above is Mahākāla, “Great Time.” The cobra around Naṭarāja’s waist is kuṇḍalinī śakti, the soul-impelling cosmic power resident within all. Naṭarāja’s dance is not just a symbol. It is taking place within each of us, at the atomic level, this very moment. The Āgamas proclaim, “The birth of the world, its maintenance, its destruction, the soul’s obscuration and liberation are the five acts of His dance.” Aum Namaḥ Śivāya.
The April 17th Natchintani Workshop was well attended with over 20 participants. All happily learning Yogaswami's songs and going over the meanings so that we all know what we are singing.
Singing the songs of Yogaswami while at the same time understanding the meaning and imbibing his spiritually exalting message is a powerful sadhana.
"Andatthil pindatthil, aandavanai kaannum"
In the macrocosm, in the microcosm, God is what we see
"Naam athuvena arivathu Kavasam!"
We Are That! Knowing this is our protection!
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The Kadavul kodimaram shines majestically while the moon rests under its sails. All is well in paradise.
This morning the monks celebrated yet another glorious chitra puja for Sri Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswamiji. A few photos tell the tale...
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