What Happened Today at the Aadheenam?

Bodhinatha arrived home save and sound after a long trip on the mainland.

It is always a joyous day when all the monks are all back home together with our Satguru in residence

Senthilnathaswami was Bodhinatha’s traveling companion and has be posting the photos from the trip while traveling

Lord Murugan in Kadavul temple looks wonderful today…

Sadhunathan Nadesan came by today to meet with Sivakatirswami. Sadhunathan assists with various operations on our web server and has been a key member of our web team for decades.

Heavy rains the last few days have filled our reservoirs, rivers and saturate the soil. The plants are happy.

Our Spiritual Park and Monastery on the Island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean

This morning hundreds of cars brought their flow of religious passengers to the Park. The kulapaties are seated on each side of the Homa to make the traditional offerings.

The whole area is full of devotees as usual.

Devotees immersed in worship…

The huge flame going up consumes hundreds of written prayers at a time…

Kulapati Kothan addressing the crowd wth a message from Satguru Bodhinatha.

Devotees listening with interest….

Offerings being made there…

Meanwhile new devotees keep coming and our ladies are taking care of their offerings.

The crowd outside…

The spiritual vibration is high too at the small Pancha Mukha Ganapati Shrine.

A nice place near the small pond is OK for some to follow the Homa ceremony…

Down the steps too…

The Himalayan Academy outside Booth is a busy place too especially when the Homa is over.

Distribution of sweets at the main gate for outgoing devotees.

Meanwhile Lord Siva in its formless form is worshipped with deep devotion..

One day worshipping at the Sivalingum will give the feeling of being in India. The first new concrete steps down the river are there already. More are to come now…

A view upward the slope…

A view dowward the river… beautiful!

This whole place will have a completely new look once all the steps have been constructed and when flowers and foliage have been planted there…. A exciting walk for all devotees down the river to get their water for abhishegum.

Bodhinatha Visits Carlsbad Caverns

While in West Texas, on November 13, the Patel family took Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami and Sannyasin Senthilnathaswami on an outing to Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico. The 3.5-hour drive across the flat desert of the Permian Basin, dotted with the occasional oil well and nothing else, was finally rewarded by the subtle hills of Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

After descending in an elevator 750 feet in one minute, we entered the caves.

The experience of the caves is really not possible to describe accurately, or depict accurately in photographs–unless, of course, one has the equipment and skill of Ansel Adams.

We learned all about stalactites, the formations that hang from the ceiling, and stalagmites, the formations that build upward from the cave floor.

This is the King’s Palace, a very large room in the caverns. Special lighting has been installed to highlight some of the formations.

These caves were not formed by underground water like most were. These caves were formed by water on the Earth’s surface back when there was ocean above, 150 million years ago. This water seeped down through limestone, carrying bits of calcite which then stuck together one after the other, creating all the formations. This tiny pool was created by recent water seeping through. The caves are still active. Whenever there are rains, which is rare in the desert above, the water slowly pushes through, and formations continue to grow.

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