Beginning the 2019 Jivana Ritau

Today monks and devotees gathered in Kadavul Temple for an early morning homa followed by a short talk from Paramacharya Sadasivanathaswami. Next the whole group paraded out to the flagpole to raise the rust-colored flag heralding the season.

From the Saiva Dharma Shastras:

112 Introduction
Beginning with Hindu New Year in mid-April, three seasons of the year divide our activities into three great needs of humankind the learning of scripture in the first season, Nartana Ritau; the living of culture in the second season, Jivana Ritau; and the meditating on Siva in the third season, Moksha Ritau. Thus we are constantly reminded that our life is Sivas life and our path to Him is through study, sadhana and realization. In ritau one, we teach the philosophy; in ritau two, we teach the culture; and in ritau three, we teach meditation.

117 The Second Season: Jivana Ritau
During Jivana Ritau, the rainy season, from mid-August to mid-December, Living with Siva: Hinduisms Contemporary Culture is the primary text. The keyword of this season is work. The colors are rust, copper-maroon and all shades of red rust for earthy preservation, copper-maroon for fulfillment and red for physical energy. The Aadheenams 60-foot flag pole flies the rust-colored dhvaja, symbolizing environmental care. Copper-maroon and all shades of red adorn our smaller flags. This is the season of honoring and showing appreciation for those in the vanaprastha ashrama, life's elder advisor stage

Green House Roofing

Jai Ganesha!

These past few days we've seen the roofing material for the new greenhouse placed over the top of the building. The monks of the Siddhidatta kulam have been working tirelessly to bring this important step into fruition. Aum Namah Sivaya

Iraivan Update – August 12th

Aum Namah Sivaya

Today the siplis are focusing on two main areas: some finishing work in the Nandi Mandapam and the details on the two large yalli handrails. In the Nandi Mandapam, the base stones for the Kodimaram have also been placed. As another notable point the drain for the Mandapam's gomukai has been successfully installed in the foundation. Aum

A New Shum Banner

Recently a new canvas scroll, measuring 36" by 96," was installed on the redwood wall in the Guru Peedam. The canvas displays Gurudeva's chakras in the Shum language and simple illustrations for each chakra with its corresponding color, number of petals, bija sound and geometric shape.

From bottom to top they are:

1) The first of the primary chakras, named muladhara in Sanskrit; 2) attribute— memory, time, space; 3) located at the base of the spine; 4) color—red; planet— Mercury; element—earth; sense—smell; petals—four; pañchakshara mantra letter—na; 5) the pranayama associated with this chakra is to breathe in two short breaths through the nose and out two short breaths through the mouth; this can be done in preparation for the meditation or also while walking fast and swinging the arms.

1) The second chakra, named svadhishthana in Sanskrit; 2) attribute—reason; 3) located at the navel; 4) color—reddish orange; planet—Venus; element— water; sense—taste; petals—six; pañchakshara mantra letter—ma.

1) The third chakra, named manipura in Sanskrit; 2) attribute—willpower; 3) located at the solar plexus; 4) color—yellow amber; planet—Mars; element—fire; sense—sight; petals—ten; pañchakshara mantra letter—Si.

1) The fourth chakra, named anahata in Sanskrit; 2) attribute—direct cognition; 3) located at the heart; 4) this chakra is the resting place; 5) color—smokey green; planet—Jupiter; element—air; sense—touch; petals—twelve; pañchakshara mantra letter—va.

1) The fifth chakra, named vishuddha in Sanskrit; 2) attribute—divine love; 3) located at the throat; 4) it is here where magical powers exist, and it is here that the past is dissolved and the vision of a positive, productive future is revealed; 5) color—smokey purple blue; planet—Saturn; element—ether; sense—hearing; petals—sixteen; pañchakshara mantra letter—ya.

1) The sixth chakra, named ajña in Sanskrit; 2) attribute—divine sight; 3) located at the third eye (between the two physical eyes); 4) relates to language and speech; 5) it is the area of the mind where, through the third eye, mystics can scan the universe; 6) it is the area where past, present and future are seen as one; 7) it is the third eye that sees all, for it is within all at every point in time; 8) only when the awareness moves into this chakra do the two petals open from deep within the chakra above, and divine sight comes; 9) color—lavender; planet—Uranus; element—mahatattva; sense— intuition; petals—two; the aum of the pañchakshara mantra.

1) The seventh chakra, named sahasrara in Sanskrit; 2) attribute—illumination; 3) located at the crown of the head; 4) in the area of the mind of the sahasrara chakra in full bloom, a radiant display of lights of various pastel colors is seen; 5) it is mystically seen extending above the head as a thousand-petaled lotus made of quantums of light particles; 6) this center of divine, actinic force holds the intelligence of the inner and outer bodies; 7) its center holds the secrets of divine sight; 8) the door to the universe; 9) color—gold; planet—Neptune; element/ sense—void; petals—one thousand and eight.

Kadavul Cladding Continues

Jai Ganesha!

We've just received these photo-updates from the team in Bangaluru. Here you can see the stone cladding that is being carved for Kadavul Temple's Nandi Mandapam, Bali Pitam, and Kodimaram (not pictured). When complete and installed, these will totally transform the entrance to our beloved Kadavul Temple. Aum Namah Sivaya.

Up, Up and Away!

Recently Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami and Shanmuaganathaswami boarded a plane for yet another lengthy trip for this 2019 year. This journey will take them to visit devotees and hold events in Chicago, Paris, Moscow, Dubai and Mauritius. We wish them an enjoyable and fruitful adventure. Aum Namah Sivaya.

Asserting Virtue’s Power

Virtue yields Heaven’s honor and Earth’s wealth. What is there then that is more fruitful for a man?

There is nothing more rewarding than virtue, nor anything more ruinous than its neglect.

Be unremitting in the doing of good deeds; do them with all your might and by every possible means.

Keep the mind free of impurity. That alone is the practice of virtue. All else is nothing but empty display.

Virtue is living in such a way that one does not fall into these four: envy, anger, greed and unsavory speech.

Don’t tell yourself you’ll be wise enough to practice virtue tomorrow. Do it now, for it will be your deathless companion when you die.

It is utterly superfluous to inquire about virtue’s benefits, so evident in the difference between the palanquin’s rider and bearer.

Not allowing a day to pass without doing some good is a boulder that will block your passage on the path to rebirth.

Only virtuous deeds abound in true joy. All other deeds are empty and devoid of distinction.

Virtue is merely that which should be done in life, and vice is merely that which should be avoided.

Mauritius August Homa

Click here for description and more photos of August Ganesha homa at our Spiritual Park

August 2019 Chitra Puja

Aum Namah Sivaya

Yesterday afternoon we gathered in Kadavul Temple for a padapuja to Gurudeva's granite paduka. While monks chanted Sri Rudram, Yogi Mayuranatha and Nirvani Tejadevanatha performed the abhishekam. Aum

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