Bodhinatha in Transit

Bodhinatha, Arumugaswami and Sadhaka Nandinatha successfully arrive in Singapore, spent one day with our members there and then as we write today they are in transit to Mauritius where the whole community awaits them.

Bodhinatha writes: “Om Sivaya, everyone,

Jai Ganapati.

Morning visit to the Singapore Botanical Garden. Walked through for about two hours. Most spectacular parts were the extensive orchid collection and the occasional, massive, old tree here and there.

Lunch with members and

Evening satsang with members at Kulapati Dohadeva’s home with a few guests as well including our dear friend Rajadhurai.

Om Namasivaya,

Sun One Homa

Yogi Jivanandanatha is our Sun One homa pujari today.

Paramacharya Palaniswami presides and makes homa offerings and burns the prayers in Bodhinatha’s absence.

Paramacharya gave an interesting overview of Bodhinatha’s planned events in India and then talked about the new scientific understandings about consciousness being at the center of matter. He then talked about “inseparability” which was confirmed years ago by this interesting experiment:

“In 1997 University of Geneva physicist Nicolas Gisin sent two entangled photons zooming along optical fibers until they were seven miles apart. One photon then hit a two-way mirror where it had a choice: either bounce off or go through. Detectors recorded what it randomly did. But whatever action it took, its entangled twin always performed the complementary action. The communication between the two happened at least 10,000 times faster than the speed of light. It seems that quantum news travels instantaneously, limited by no external constraints-

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Peacock-blue Rudraksha fruits. The only plant in the world creating color by refraction and not reflection. #

Bodhinatha spent Tuesday March 9 in Singapore with devotees. Morning visit to the Botanical gardens and evening satsang. #

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Yoginathaswami and Sadhaka Rajanatha in India

We continue with another installment of photos from our recent monks’ trip to India. Here we are at Tiruvannamalai! A quick stop at this beautiful ancient temple is due to quick decision making. We were not scheduled to stop here but traffic was quicker then expected. Although a little late for our meeting at Ratinagiri, this temple’s darshan was worth it. The priest we know--Shankar Sivachariyar would not let us go without showering us with gifts!

The Rajagopuram is huge!

After our meeting at Ratinagiri we ended up at the trident for our last visits before going home. Here we are with Sheela with Kanmani Rajasankara

Amma Sivayogam with the Rajashankaras. Amma lived in Jaffna Sri Lanka and is a trustee for Saiva Siddhanta Church in Sri Lanka, having known Gurudeva from the days when he established his first mission: Alaveddy Ashram in Alaveddy Sri Lanka.

We had a very nice chat with Amma. She wants to monks to come to Sri Lanka soon.

Far back our member Gunalan Ponniah walking into the lounge. He was helping us resolve some airline ticket issues we had that morning. Thank you Gunalan!

He is so determined to have the ticket reservation fixed on Air India.

Sivasri Shanmugam Sivachariyar the youngest son of late Sivasri Sambamurthy Sivachariyar heard about our visit. He came to meet us with a lot of prasadam for his temple.

Sivacharya paying respect to Swami with a garland.

He did an wonderful chanting.

Monks with Sivachariyar. His late father and his brother-in-law Bhairava Sundaram did the Panchasila Nyasa puja for Iraivan. It was the ceremonious ground breaking ceremony and five small stones were installed.

Group photo of everyone present. Gunalan is our photographer…

Monks with Amma Sivayogam.
Tomorrow we will cover our visit to Ratnagiri Hills in Vellore. We did spend a day and half in Chidambaram attending one of six annual abhishekam for our Great Lord Nataraja--Masi Magha Abhishekam. We were so absorbed in the pujas, darshan and the hospitality of the Dikshitars we didn’t remember to take any camera or photos.

Spiritual Park- March 2010 Ganesha Homa

Jai Pancha Mukha Ganapati! Despite the heavy rain that first Sunday of March a large crowd was present at the Spiritual Park to attend the Ganesha Homa ceremony. Flowers and garlands lovingly offered by devotees adorn the huge granite murthi.

Everyone would squeeze inside the Mandapam, and as usual the ladies are always there early…

The Ganesha Homa has now become a very popular ceremony for the Hindus of the island.

Singing bhajans to Lord Ganapati until the ceremony starts…

Outside, every centimeter of ground space is occupied

This is what you see when you go up the steps of the Mandapam. Lord Ganapati is beautifully garlanded.

The ceremony begins. The sacred fire in the large Homa pit attracts the devas of the inner worlds.

Kulapatis officiating the ceremony.

Kulapati Manon giving a talk on the Dasama Bhaga, an old Hindu tradition stating the need to give one tenth of one's income to support religion. Kulapati also invited members of the public to be present at the Park on Friday 12th to meet Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami and have an opportunity to touch the Guru's Feet.

The small Ganapati Shrine where archanas are conducted

At the Himalayan Academy Booth, our HA staff are enrolling participants who are attending Bodhinatha's Seminar on Saivism on Sunday 14th March at the Swami Vivekananda International Convention Center at Pailles.

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