For the past few days Satguru has been in the Bay Area. Satguru attended Satsang with members in Concord as well as with the Bhajanai group, a group of Sri Lankan who have been gathering together for some 15 years. Aum.
Recently, Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami and Sannyasin Shanmuganathaswami left on their next adventure. This time Satguru will be visiting San Francisco, India and Malaysia. See more details about their destinations on our travel page
Above are photos from our recent Chitra Padapuja for Sivaya Subramuniyaswami.
Aum Namah Sivaya!
Recently or Lava Rock wall team completed the sample section of Iraivan Temple's lava rock incline which encircles the Temple's foundation. For those who know lava rock, you'll know that this is excellent work, each stone fitted flawlessly with minimum shaping done to each piece.
Today is the chitra nakshatra, and our monthly padapuja to Gurudeva. Here are a few more wonderful sketches from Natali in Tucson to enjoy. Aum.
"It is not a matter of becoming the Self, but of realizing that you never were not the Self. And what is that Self? It is Parasiva. It is God. It is That which is beyond the mind, beyond thought, feeling and emotion, beyond time, form and space." Gurudeva
Recently the monks of the Siddhidatta Kulam assembled scaffolding around Iraivan Temple's kodimaram. This will allow easy access for any and all work related to the temple flagpole. For example, now the temple's flag pieces can be added. These are three horizontal decorative pieces that point towards the temple's vimanam (central tower). Also, recent storms had blown off some of the protective covering, which needed to be replaced.
Intuition Requires Careful Handling of the Intellect
Today we celebrate Thai Pongal, a harvest festival common in South India, giving our appreciation for the abundance the Earth and Sun give us. The day is marked by the Sun's entrance into the sign of Capricorn. This morning the we gathered at Iraivan Temple with the Siplis to perform an arati, give thanks and, of course, eat vadai!
Every year in October, the Ganesha homa at our Spiritual Park includes special blessings for students as they begin a new school year. Click below for descriptions and more photos.
Aum Namah Sivaya
Several days ago the aadheenam celebrated Ardra Darshanam. While we can't take photos of the abhishekam to Lord Nataraja, we can show you photos from the early morning Siva homa that takes place before-hand. The homa invokes God's energies within the main kumbha which is then poured over Nataraja as the final offering during the abhishekam.
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