New Year New Nartana Ritau

Everyone likes to have something new, how about having a happy new Year!

Today, the Sun moved into the sign of Mesha (Aries) which marks the beginning of a new year on many Indian calendars including those of South India.

For us it is the time for beginning our new spring season, the Nartana Ritau!

Nartana Ritau, the season of Dancing with Siva, begins on Tamil New Year. This is the period of creation, the warm season, from mid-April through mid-August. The key word of this season is planning. The colors are orange, yellow-gold and all shades of green-orange for renunciation, yellow-gold for action and green for regeneration.

High above, the main flag flies the color orange, heralding the Nartana Ritau throughout this season, symbolizing sadhana and self-control. The other colors adorn smaller flags. This is the season of giving special attention to those in the grihastha ashrama. It is a time of awakening, renewal, review. The emphasis is on seeing ahead, planning for future years. It is a time of planning retreats and other activities for youths and adults for the entire year.
The Saiva Dharma Shastras are studied; and any needed additions in supplementary manuals, representing new growth, are made. The practical focus is completion of unfinished projects. Secular holidays to observe among the families include Mother's Day in May, Father's Day in June and Grandparent's Day in August.

This season of harvest and new growth is also the time to review and reestablish picking and planting routines for the gardens. It is a time for ordering seeds and plants for the year, of planting trees, fragrant vines and the annual crop. Review is made for scheduling the care of all realms of the Aadheenam's acreage. Kadavul temple and the Guru Temple are cleaned and renewed during this season and the adjacent grounds receive special, abundant attention. Karma yogis are invited to help in this and other areas with planting and weeding, digging, fertilizing, fence repair and more. The daily sadhana is the Sivachaitanya Panchatantra: experiencing nada, jyoti, prana, bhakti and darshana. In Sanskrit, it is a time of learning new slokas and mantras. In the family community, prasnottara satsanga is held for one and all to attend. Families plan for their annual pilgrimage. Shrine rooms are renewed and redecorated for the year, and the clothing of all is renewed in the Hindu style of the current fashion. It is a time of doing things for others, religious outreach. It is a time of hatha yoga and philosophical teaching.

May your new year be filled with blessings, enjoy the photos of our monks raising the season's bright orange flag. Aum!

Yogaswami Mahasamadhi 2022

Jai Nanadinatha Sampradaya!
Jai to the Kailasa Parampara!
Jai to Siva Yoganathan!

Today we celebrate Yogaswami's 59th Mahasamadhi day. Currently the monks are observing Sadhu Paksha, which means there's not a formal group sadhana. Still, Yogi Dayanatha decorated Yogaswami's shrine and many of the monks attended for a short arati in honor of the Lion of Lanka.

Enjoy this chapter from The Guru Chronicles audio book, "Yogaswami, Peerless Master"

Ending the Phase with an Ardra Abhishekam

Aum Namah Sivaya!

Today marks the sixth and final day of our monks' lunar week. A perfect day to have aligned with our monthly Nataraja abhishekam during the Ardra nakshatra. Apart from the dancing energies reverberating from Kadavul Temple's inner sanctum today, our high altitude trade winds have produced many dancing clouds as well. This timelapse shows the winds and clouds during sunrise, just before our Ardra abhishekam would take place. Aum.

"All is God Siva Himself, in Him and of Him. A perfect cosmos has issued forth from a perfect Creator." - Gurudeva

Sri Subramuniya Kottam Dedication for Year 2022

Devotee Rishi Thondunathan reports from Jaffna, Sri Lanka--
"We, the devotees of the Sri Subramuniya Kottam, dedicate the year 2022 (January 5, 2022 - January 5, 2023) as the Year of the Nandinatha Sampradaya for the following, very special reasons:

The 150th birth anniversary of Paramaguru Siva Yogaswami

The 80th jayanthi of Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami

The 50th anniversary of Satguru Bodhinathas initiation by Gurudeva in Alaveddy, Sri Lanka

The 50th anniversary of the installation of Pasupatheswarar Siva Lingam in the Sri Subramuniya (Ashram) Temple in Alaveddy, Sri Lanka

The 40th anniversary of Gurudeva's installation of the Sri Shanthilingam with his own hands in Kopay, Sri Lanka.

For these auspicious reasons, we plan to have celebrations all through this year and are also planning several charitable activities to mark these special occasions.

Above all, our main focus will be completing the "Sri Subramuniya Temple Project," a spiritual sanctuary to preserve our beloved Gurudevas legacy in Sri Lanka."

Rishi also noted that Satguru Bodhinatha's sannyas initiation day and Sivaratri fell on the same day this year. "We had a wonderful Maha Sivarathri and initiation day at our Sri Subramuniya kottam. Nallai Adheenam Karthar, Jaffna Chinmaya Mission Swami, Vethantha Madham swami, kilinochi Chinmaya Mission Brahmachari and Dr. Aru Thirumurugan are the special guests along with the local devotees.

Here with I'm enclosing a few pictures.

2022 Mahasivaratri Upadesha

Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami gives an upadesha during Kauai Aadheenam's 2022 observance of Mahasivaratri, "Siva's Great Night." Here, Satguru discusses the deeper meanings behind the festival's focus on meditative inner striving. Aum Namah Sivaya.

2022 Mahasivaratri Live Stream

The holy night of Mahasivaratri in Kadavul Temple is perhaps the most auspicious day of the year. It is a deeply profound and joyous renewal of our spiritual life and is a time for deepening one's understanding of their oneness with God Siva. The night's schedule is as follows:

- 7:30PM: Homa
- 8:50PM: Gurudeva Upadesha audio played in Kadavul Temple Followed by silent meditation

Aum Namah Sivaya

Celebrating Ardra Nakshatra

Aum Namah Sivaya
“You are me only when you are not you.”
Today we celebrate the monthly occurrence of the Ardra Nakshatra, a star sacred to Lord Siva. During each Ardra, our monks perform a grand abhishekam to Lord Nataraja in Kadavul Temple. Today is a great day for deeper mediations and more profound worship. Aum.

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