April news video reporting on events in May, 2017. A massive temple stone has been moved into the site of the Bronze Memorial; bronze sculptures continue to be crafted in Loveland, Colorado; Iraivan’s silver naga was placed into the sanctum of the temple, the future site of the svayambhu Sivalingam; our newest John Deere tractor arrived and is ready to start hauling, cutting and pulling its own weight around here. Aloha and Namaste.
The Ganapati Kulam teamed up with our grounds manager Doug Noggle and poured a nine-yard foundation for the future Bronze Memorial. The giant granite stone in the middle is going to be home for our Gurudeva centerpiece.
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Bodhinatha's Latest Upadeshas - Our Scriptures; the Tirukural; Three Worlds and Surrendering Ego Through Devotion
" Path to Siva, Lesson 20 - Our Saivite Scriptures" (March 22,2017) " Path to Siva, Lesson 21 - Three Worlds; Conquer Ego Through Devotion" (April 13,2017)
Within our Saiva Siddhanta Holy Scriptures the Saiva Agamas explain the basis of temple ceremonies and worship plus yoga and jnana. The Tirukural was considered by Gurudeva to be "the most accessible and relevant sacred text." In it are practical and helpful guidelines for our conduct in every day life. The point of family life is to gain steady improvement, forever, in self control in the midst of responsibilities in the fulfillment of family dharma. Meanwhile, not taking detachment too far but taking it in the sense of spiritually looking for happiness, not outside in other people or possessions, the world, but inside ourselves and then sharing it with family and friends. "We regard the writings of our satgurus as scripture."
Path to Siva, Lesson 20
Tirukural, Introduction and Contents
Tirukural, Chapter 15 Possession of Self-Control
"The temple enables us to feel the presence of God, Gods and devas." We use our inner eyes to see what's going on in the temple, the three worlds. In the temple we're being good dvaitists in the dimfi perspective, focused in bhakti upon God Siva. In meditation we're monists, in the shumif perspective. We claim our oneness with Siva, Sivoham, I am Siva. In surrender, shrinking the ego through devotion, we have a realization that we're not the doer, that Siva is doing it all. Siva's energy comes through our soul.
Path to Siva, Lesson 21
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Mrunal and Padmaja Patel recently arrived on pilgrimage to the aadheenam, and with them they brought the completed Living With Siva audio book in Gujarati. The narration is thanks to the work of narrator Harish Vyass and sound engineer Ajay Wadhar. They have completed Dancing With Siva and Living With Siva and are now completing Merging With Siva. An amazing accomplishment!
A Moola Mantra Ganapati Homa was held on the 8th of April, 2017 at Sri Selva Vinayagar Temple, Klang, Malaysia. This Homa was a special request by Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami who also presided the event. Coordinated by Saiva Siddhanta Church's Malaysia Mission, the event was sponsored by both Kauai Aadheenam and the Sree Selva Vinayagar Temple.
Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami and Shanmuganathaswami were lovingly welcomed by the temple's chief priest and hundreds of devotees. They were both paraded around the temple before being seated in front of the Homa Kundam (homa pit). The beautiful Homa Kundam was specially constructed for this event with red bricks which were mortared and plastered with turmeric paste.
During the Homa, devotees were guided to do Kara Nyasa and Anga Nyasa (Purification Rites), followed by chanting of Ganesha's Moola (Root) Mantra, 1,008 times. The objective, according to chief priest Siva Sri Yogeswara Sivachariyar, is to invoke Lord Ganesha within our own body, thus with His presence we walk the path of Dharma, achieving Buddhi and Siddhi.
Various sacred substances were offered into the homa pit; the fire being Lord Ganesha and His Ganas receiving the sacred substances. Fruits, 108 lotus flowers, piles of durva grass, herbs, grains, ghee and royal clothing etc were offered to Lord Ganesha via the roaring homa flame.
More than 400 devotees attended the homa, filling the temple to capacity.
The Homa was conducted by a total of 7 priests.
Head Priest is Sivagama Ratnam, Sri Vidya Ganapati Upasagar, Esana Sivam R. Yogeswara Sivachariyar. He is also the President of Malaysia Hindu Foundation.
He was assisted by Sivasri Nandakumar Gurukal, Muthukumar Gurukal, Kalaiselvam Archakar, and Viswanathan Archakar. Vedic chants for the Homa was sung by Venkadesa Shastri from Tanjavur, Tamil Nadu and Kannan Shastri from Sri Mahamariamman Temple, KL
After the Homa, Devaram and Natchintanai were sung by the mission children. Bodhinatha honored the temple president Mr. NT Raaman and all the priests who conducted the Homa. He also launched and blessed the "9 Beliefs of Hinduism" poster project headed by Dr.Maruthu Dharmalingam. The posters, in tamil and english (A1 sized) which were later mounted at the entrance of the rajagopuram as well as A4 sized brochures (for distribution to devotees) were donated to the temple.
Satguru Bodhinatha blessed all the devotees who were also given gifts of Know Thyself' and Yoga's forgotten foundation' books. The event was concluded with a sumptuous vegetarian lunch.
It was a rare event, where devotees were soaked by blessings of Ganesha and Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami. Jai Ganesha. Jai Satguru.
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