High Ceremony For Mauritius Sishya

November 19th was a blessed day for the devotees of the Kailasa Paramapara in Mauritius. A number of the sishya advanced on the spiritual path by receiving Vishesha Diksha. Having proved themselves worthy and ready, they now take on the daily sadhana of performing Siva Atmartha puja in their homes. This is a big step on the traditional path of the Saiva Neri, as the devotee moves from the charya stage, fully into kriya, deepening his or her relationship with our Divine God Siva. On this solid foundation of daily worship, the devotee can proceed into the deeper realms of Raja Yoga.

The ceremonies were held at our Saiva Dharmasala, Saiva Siddhanta Church on Mauritius, known to the public as "The Spiritual Park." All the island sishyas were present at the ceremony which lasted some two hours. It was very special to be here with only the satsang of close devotees. Many remarked they felt like they were at a homa like they see at the Aadheenam on TAKA. After the Siva Homa, devotees were asked to collect water from the river and to ceremoniously pour over the Sivalingam. It was a memorable event for all those present. Aum.

Do You Believe?

A fun part of Sadasivanathaswami's talk after the homa yesterday:

Two babies were in the womb of a pregnant woman.

The first one asks the other, - "Do you believe in life after birth?"

- Sure! There's got to be something after birth. Maybe we're here just to prepare ourselves for what we'll be in the future.

- Hummm, no. That's nonsense! There's no life after birth. What could such a life be like?

- I don't know exactly, but certainly at least brighter than in here. Maybe we'll walk by ourselves, with our own feet... maybe we'll even eat with our mouth!

- Preposterous. Walking around freely, with our own feet, is impossible! And eating with our mouth... Ridiculous! Mouths are for making sounds, but food comes from our umbilical cordon. I'll tell you something: life after birth is definitely impossible - our umbilical cordon is too short, don't you see?

- There's got to be something! May be it's just a bit different than what we are used to experience in here...

- Think about it: no one has ever came back after birth. Delivery just wraps up life - this life that's nothing more than a long and uncomfortable time in the darkness.

- Well, I don't know what will happen after birth, but certainly we'll be with Mom and she will take care of us.

- Mom???? So you believe in Mom? And where exactly is she supposed to be?

- Where? Everywhere around us! It's in her, and thru her, that we live. Without her nothing we know could exist.

- I don't believe it. I've never seen any "Mom". If you're honest with yourself, you'll admit Mom does not exist outside your imagination...

- But sometimes, when we're really quiet, we can hear her singing, feel a certain life rhythm as though she is dancing for joy and intuit a maternal caring all around us... You know, I think real life is ahead of us - and this is just a preparation for it!...

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