The big news of this phase was the removal of the old office trailer where Acharya Arumuganathaswmi and Brahmanathaswami have been living and working in for years. It felt like a mini-hurricane had come and opened up a new space! Stay tuned as for a major transformation!
Stepping back in time to November's Mahasamadhi events, we had two Natchintanai Bhajan Workshops for all the pilgrims with Brahmanathaswami. Everyone is very inspired to be singing the praises of God, Gods and Guru. The goal is to bring back "singing for the common devotee" and not be worried too much about the music but focus more on memorizing the songs, learning their meaning and having the courage to sing regardless of your skill level. Singing to the Gods is the primary Hindu traditional expression of bhakti and with the rise of radio, CD's and "professionals" we all stopped singing and we just listen. Amazingly some of our devotees said they did sing years ago, but have long since stopped.
Our goal is to change all that and to re-integrate song into our personal lives as a powerful sadhana, just as it was for Siva Yogaswami himself and to empower everyone to participate and lead the group. Our motto is "Everyone can sing!" We are also developing a digital library of songs at all levels that can later be incorporated into our educational programs for children and youth.
We have testimony from one participant. "Thanks to the workshop, for the first time I had the courage to sing to Siva in Kadavul! And when I went home I led bhajan for over 100 people in our temple."
If you have not connected with this brand new area of our web site. Click here to go to our music library page.
In this belated post we share with you images from Toronto where devotees of the Sivathondan Nilayam observed Gurudeva's Mahasamadhi in November.
Here are more photos from Bangalore showing recent work on Iraivan's Nandi Mandapam, and temple entrance
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