Monastery's Guests

We bring you some photos from the last days’ guests.

Seven bright happy families, all from different parts of India, America and Canada, pose for a photo while visiting the temple.

Supramaniam Suthaker brought his wife and two daughters, Nila and Roja, on pilgrimage from Edmonton, Canada. Here they pause briefly to feed
the rainbow Koi fish at one of the lotus ponds.

A beautiful prayerful Tamil song to Lord Ganesha before performing abhishekam.

Each member of the family participates in this sacred rite.

And Nandi abhishekam also.

A second visit to the Iraivan Temple to chat with silpis, Chelliaha, Karupiaha, and Lokesh in their native Tamil language.

This lovely family will later enjoy a private meeting with Sat Guru Bodhinatha Veylanswami.

Quite a large group of visitors arrived for a tour of the Iraivan Temple on the last tour day. All very happy to be here despite the sporadic episodes of heavy rain.

Larry Conklin (our crane operator) moves one of the five forms of Siva into position around the capstone with the guidance of Yoganathaswami.

Shortly before the Mahakhumba Abishekam, the Kalasam stone, representing Isana, will be placed on the very top of the lotus of the capstone.

Elsewhere, some chirpy love birds trying out a new rope swing gifted by Shakti Mahadevan, a devotee, who is also a bird lover.

Devas work through birds. We care for them with love and respect. Okay, we spoil them a little, too.

2 Responses to “Monastery's Guests”

  1. jamilah says:

    Devas work through birds? Tell us more!

  2. Ritesh Varma says:

    Namaste, Jamilah:
    In page 116 of the Lemuria Scrolls, Gurudeva states this:
    Knowledge of sound formed a singular science in those early days. It was known then what has been forgotten now, that everything has a sound, that even emotions create sounds that are “heard” by others. All through the Dvapara Yuga, devas of the inner worlds served and helped the inhabitants of this planet through birds. If one were ill, he could go into the forest and by concentrating and riding awareness in on the tones of singing birds, the physical body would be healed. Meditation was performed for practical reasons, not only for Self Realization, which was of the the utmost importance. Meditation drew one closer to the satguru’s mind and invoked the help of beings behind the veil between the two worlds. Meditation was pursued for healing, arts, culture and myriad other sciences of that day. Aum.
    Lemurian Scrolls Chapter 24, # 317
    Our Friend, The Regal Peacock
    It is the peacock, our largest of birds, the most intelligent of all, that warns and protects our monasteries from all intrusions of the other developing species of animals that eat other animals. Through thought transference we speak to the peacock and understand his sounds and make sounds like his to him. At this time we a happy balance between the animal world and the human world. But we are told that during the Kali Yuga these two worlds will pull far apart and be unable to communicate with or know each other, so great is the darkness of that time.
    Hope this helps Jamilah
    Siva Siva

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