Jai Ganapati! Please enjoy this stream of our 2018 Ganesha Chaturthi abhishekam in Kadavul Temple.
The darshan bellowed into Kadavul Temple this morning as Ganesha Chaturthi comes closer. Chitra nakshatra means Chitra puja to our Gurudeva. Yogi Rajanatha and Natyam Dayanatha perform today's ceremony.
Slideshow quotes are from Gurudeva's Cognazantability in Merging with Siva, and ends with a few quotes from Merging with Siva's "Death of the Ego."
Early this morning the aadheenam celebrated Guru Purnima with an early morning parade and puja honoring Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami. Following the chariot parade down San Marga, our monks and devotees sat down for a pada puja as Satguru entered deep meditation. After the puja, satguru gave blessings to all present.
Lord Siva: "There is One Real. Call it Siva. This Parabrahman is formless, stainless, one without a second, changeless, beyond the highest. This Mahesvara is all-knowing, all-doing, sovereign of all, self-luminous, without beginning or end. All embodied souls, jivas, all the born creatures, are portions of Me, like sparks of the fire. But human birth is the most important, for it is then that one becomes awake, aware of his state of bondage and the necessity of release. It is then that one is in a position to take steps for his liberation from bondage's hold.
"Humans have a self-will and are not totally subject to the impulses and drives of nature as are other creatures. It is only on this earth--and that too in a human body endowed with a soul--that one can choose one's path for spiritual progress. But not all are aware of the precious opportunity afforded by human birth, which is truly the ladder to Liberation. The Self is to be realized only here in this life. If here you do not find it and work out the means for your Liberation, where else is it possible? It is possible nowhere else. It has to be worked out by yourself from within yourself.
"The world you reach after the physical body is shed is determined by the level of consciousness reached while in the body. So, as long as the body lasts, exert yourself towards the goal of Liberation.
"Remember, the physical body does not last forever. Age prowls like a leopard; diseases attack like an enemy. Death waits not to see what is done or not done. Before the limbs lose their vitality, before adversities crowd in upon you, take to the auspicious path.
Therefore, choose, then worship a Satguru. Worship his feet. Cherish the very sandals (paduka) which hold his feet. All knowledge is founded on those paduka. Remember and cherish those paduka, which yield infinitely more merit than any number of observances, gifts, sacrifices, pilgrimages, mantra-japa and rituals of worship."
Each month, during the auspicious day of the Ardra nakshatra, the monks of Kauai Aadheenam celebrate with an abhishekam to Nataraja in Kadavul Temple. Today, Anandan Sivamani visited the monastery to offer his music to Siva.
On Sun 5 of last phase Lord Murugan's birthday was celebrated in grand style. His powerful darshan was like a bolt of lightning, jolting love and joy into all present. During the alankaram (dressing the deity), bhajans were wonderfully sung in praise of the lord of renunciation.
Vel Vel Muruga!
Today we celebrate the new year of Vilamba, 5120. Today the Siddhidatta Kulam cooked a glorious South India feast for the monks' lunch.
It's always fun to look back into the 60 year cycle and see what was happening in the last Vilamba, which may or may not give us an idea of what this one has in store. In 1958-early 59: the world was reaching into space for the first time with the sputnik and Explorer missions; color television began its rise; Pizza hut was founded; The hula hoop came to the US; the Beatles had their first recording session; NASA is founded; The nuclear-powered submarine USS Nautilus becomes the first vessel to cross the North Pole under water; The first video game, Tennis for Two, is created; The first transatlantic flight of a Boeing 707 takes place; A soviet expedition become the first to ever reach the Southern Pole of Inaccessibility; The first communication satellite is launched; the European Court of Human Rights is established; and Hawaii is made a US state.
It seems the last Vilamba was a year of new explorations and emerging technologies. We will see if any of that is reflected in this year.
You may have noticed that our Daily Master Course Lessons have started back at number 1. Here is the first Nandinatha Sutra which reminds us what we're all here to do:
Sutra 1 of the Nandinatha Sutras
Life's Highest Purpose
Siva's followers strive for God Realization as the first and foremost goal of life. They learn to dance with Siva, live with Siva, merge with Siva. Deep within, they discover their eternal, immortal oneness with God. Aum.
On that note, we wish you all a wonderful year! Full of successes that bring you joy as well as a hearty helping of challenges, mistakes and failures that bring you wisdom. Aum Namah Sivaya!
The monastery is in full motion for our short four day phase followed by a long three day retreat.
Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami gives his 2018 Mahasivaratri upadesha in Kadavul Temple on February 13, 2018
The monks and devotees of Kadavul Nataraja celebrated the yearly festival known as Mahasivaratri. The temple was packed full of souls yearning to realize that divinity which lies within us all. Not only were we blessed by Siva's shakti, but also by a Yogi Tapasvin ceramony held by Satguru and the acharya's. Two young monks died as yellow robes took over their new bodies. When you get a chance, say hello to Yogis Mayuranatha and Jayanatha.
The monastery recently celebrated Thai Pusam, the Kartikkeya-focused festival practiced around the globe. We enjoy this Mahadeva's shakti force as sweet items are poured over His temporary granite body. With Satguru present, and all the island members and devotees, all felt blessed and fulfilled.
Archives are now available through 2001. Light colored days have no posts. 1998-2001 coming later.