Recently the monastery celebrated Ganesha Chaturthi with an Abhishekam to Lord Ganapati in Kadavul Temple. Milk, yogurt, honey and more were poured over this bountiful God, imbuing His physical murti with prana and releasing Lord Ganesha's blessings to all those present. Aum
Aum Gam Ganapataye Namah
If you worship the elephant-faced Vinayaka, your life will expand bountifully. If you worship the white-tusked Vinayaka, your desires and doubts will flee. Therefore, worship Him with love-offerings of jack, hoppers, plantain and mango fruits and thus mitigate the burden of deeds. Saint Auvaiyar. AG, 127
Our August 2019 News Video covers events in July 2019, including the birth of our newest = Jersey Calf, Mina; the progress on Iraivan Temple's Kodimaram; and the Aadheenam's recent celebration of Guru Purnima.
Today monks and devotees gathered in Kadavul Temple for an early morning homa followed by a short talk from Paramacharya Sadasivanathaswami. Next the whole group paraded out to the flagpole to raise the rust-colored flag heralding the season.
From the Saiva Dharma Shastras:
Beginning with Hindu New Year in mid-April, three seasons of the year divide our activities into three great needs of humankind the learning of scripture in the first season, Nartana Ritau; the living of culture in the second season, Jivana Ritau; and the meditating on Siva in the third season, Moksha Ritau. Thus we are constantly reminded that our life is Sivas life and our path to Him is through study, sadhana and realization. In ritau one, we teach the philosophy; in ritau two, we teach the culture; and in ritau three, we teach meditation.
117 The Second Season: Jivana Ritau
During Jivana Ritau, the rainy season, from mid-August to mid-December, Living with Siva: Hinduisms Contemporary Culture is the primary text. The keyword of this season is work. The colors are rust, copper-maroon and all shades of red rust for earthy preservation, copper-maroon for fulfillment and red for physical energy. The Aadheenams 60-foot flag pole flies the rust-colored dhvaja, symbolizing environmental care. Copper-maroon and all shades of red adorn our smaller flags. This is the season of honoring and showing appreciation for those in the vanaprastha ashrama, life's elder advisor stage
Our belated March 2019 news video covers events in February and early March 2019, including: Recent progress on Iraivan Temple's perimeter wall, our celebration of Mahasivaratri, and the vows of our newest yogi.
The Nature of Mahasivaratri
On the Brink of the Absolute
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Aum Namah Sivaya,
Several days ago we celebrated Mahasivaratri in Kadavul Temple. Beginning With a Siva homa, the night continued with a recorded talk by Gurudeva, a silent meditation, a break for coffee and tea, an upadesha by Satguru, and finally a Lingam Abhishekam to the small crystal Lingam which sits at the feet of Lord Nataraja. Aum Namah Sivaya. Sivaya Namah Aum.
Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami gives an upadesha in Kadavul Temple on the evening on Mahasivaratri, discussing the sacredness of the Siva's Great Night and the goal of Self Realization
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