Just following our 2017 Mahasamadhi celebrations we observed Skanda Shashti. It is one of the year's major Muruga festivals and a powerful time for sadhana and inner striving. Many devotees were still on the island after Mahasamadhi observances and were able to partake in the festival, creating beautiful decoration for the temple and helping out any way they could. The monastics performed an abhishekam to Lord Muruga and the event was followed by a powerful silence in the temple, enjoyed by thoroughly by those remained after the puja for meditation.
Hinduism today is a religion of today and tomorrow. It is not just a religion of history books and yesterday. Our religion gives us strength today. It is a religion which worships one Supreme God, with vast scriptures that prescribe the worship and illumine our minds with knowledge about the one Supreme God. Never forget this. Never forsake your Vedic Hindu Dharma, but fulfill it, and you will be rewarded, generation after generation after generation. Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami
The mahasamadhi group was taken out to the newly finished greenhouse and shown the ins and outs of hydroponic gardening
Aum Namah Sivaya
Yesterday we observed the beginning of our 2017 celebrations for Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami's mahasamadhi. Pilgrims from around the world flew in to participate in worship and to have classes with the swamis. Day One began with a homa in Kadavul Temple, performed by Natyam Dayanatha and presided over by Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami. The home was also a nice opportunity for a namakarana and vow taking. Following the homa, pilgrims had breakfast and attended the 9am Siva puja. They then joined a class with Arumuganathaswami until lunch. Lunch was a special event for Satguru's Jayanti, which happened to be the same day. We'll cover that in another post. Today, events began with a puja to Gurudeva's shrine in Kadavul, followed by a silent Meditation. Aum.
"We have one duty to perform, which is to pass our religion on to the next generation, the next and the next." - Gurudeva
Aum Namah Sivaya
Today is this month's Ardra nakshatra. In Kadavul Temple, Shiva Nataraja is receiving a glorious abhishekam of ghee, fresh milk, yogurt, honey, sandalwood and more. This is a great day to tune yourself into the Cause of all causes; the Source of all sources: Lord Shiva.
Yajurveda, Taittirīya Āraṇyaka 10.17-21:
Lord Ishana—the Supreme Lord and Revealer of all knowledge and spiritual disciplines, the nourisher and controller of all living beings, the Directing Lord of Sadasiva, He who is the guiding and directing authority for the eight Vidyeshvaras, who directs Brahma, Vishnu and others—may He present Himself in this Sivalinga. By such benign presence, let there occur absolute purity and auspiciousness in me. Om.
As guided by my guru, I realize the form of Siva known as Tatpurusha. I meditate with pure mind and refined intellect on the Great Illuminator. Let Tatpurusha—who cuts asunder the limiting bonds of the souls and by this act comes to be known as Rudra—guide, enlighten and strengthen my organs of knowledge and action and my internal faculties.
Salutations to Lord Siva who manifests Himself in countless benign forms, in frightful and terrifying forms, and to all those countless forms of Rudra (eulogized in the Sri Rudram hymn). Salutations to all such manifestations of Lord Siva.
Salutations to the luminous Lord who sportively creates everything. Salutations to the One who is eternally the Eldest, transcending the great cycles of time. Salutations to the One whose lordship excels all other Gods. Salutations to the One who wards off the sufferings of all living beings. Salutations to the One who is Eternal Time. Salutations to the One who sets into operation the divisions of time and maintains the worlds in an orderly way. Salutations to the One who, being the source of strength, strengthens the auspicious forces. Salutations to the One who, being the wielder of strength, withdraws the strength of inauspicious forces and extirpates them. Salutations to the One who guides all souls to ultimately reach Him.
I submit my mind, speech and body totally and repeatedly to Lord Sadyojata, who manifests Himself and instantaneously creates bodies and worlds, who appears to devotees in the forms contemplated by them and yet transcends such forms assumed by Him and who has a retinue of Deities formed of millions of mantras. May He make my form as of His own form.