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
Aum Namah Sivaya
Tonight is Siva's most sacred night. A night, not when we worship Siva as divine all-pervasive bliss, but rather, when we go within ourselves and attempt to experience ourselves as Siva. It is a sacred night of profound silence. A time to find that point inside you where awareness originates.
Though the timing might change a little, you can tune into our Youtube channel at 10:00pm Hawaii time to watch a livestream of Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami's upadesha. kauaiaadheenam
For all those Muruga bhaktars out here, here is a full length video of Kauai Aadheenam's 2019 Thai Pusam abhishekam held in Kadavul Temple.
Our January 2019 news video covers events in December 2018, including: recent progress on Iraivan Temple; our change of seasons; and the aadheenam's celebration of Ardra Darshanam.
Several days ago we observed Thai Pongal at Iraivan Temple. Chinnu made the delicious rice dish which would auspiciously boil over and the shilpis decorated and helped with the event. The monks gathered at Iraivan and enjoyed some prasadam along with an nice view of the morning sunrise.
We hope you had a festive and meaningful Pongal. As Lord Surya enters Capricorn we give thanks for the Earth's abundance and anticipate the longer and longer daylight of the coming year. See this article for further information about Pongal: www.hinduismtoday.com
Aum Namah Sivaya!
Last week on December 22, the aadheenam celebrated Ardra Darshanam with a full and festive abhishekam to Lord Nataraja in Kadavul Temple. The day began with a homa and concluded with a midday final arati following the abhishekam. Falling on the full moon this year, this was a powerful day full of powerful blessings. All in alignment were the center of our galaxy, the sun, the earth, the moon and Ardra, Siva's dancing star. Though we can't film Lord Nataraja to show you the event, here is a look into the many other preparations that took place.
We wish you all joy and blessings for this year's Pancha Ganapati!
Aum Namah Sivaya
Artwork by A. Manivelu
"He is the God of forms infinite in whose glory all things are—smaller than the smallest atom, and yet the Creator of all, ever living in the mystery of His creation. In the vision of this God of love there is everlasting peace. He is the Lord of all who, hidden in the heart of things, watches over the world of time. The Gods and seers of Brahman are one with Him, and when a man knows Him, he cuts the bonds of death." Krishna Yajur Veda
"We want to claim that which we already are. You are already the Self. You are just not aware of it. Do not put it off based upon some concept that we are not ready, we are not worthy, we need more of this or that. None of those principles apply when it comes to Self-realization" Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami
Today monks are beginning some preliminary preparations for our upcoming celebrations of Maha Ardra and Pancha Ganapati. Coconuts are being harvested and bilva leaves are being picked to offer to Lord Nataraja. The small shrine for Pancha Ganapati is also being made ready. Aum
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