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.
To end last phase with a bang, the Siddhidata Kulam worked all afternoon to create a feast for their brother monks in honor of Thai Pongal. The harvest festival was decorated with a grand shrine in the middle of the kitchen, sugar-cane arch and as many fresh fruits and veggies plucked from the gardens as possible. Of course sweet rice and vadai overflowed in abundance, with colorful dal and veggie dishes as well. We hope you had a sweet Pongal and that your rice boiled over in the auspicious direction.
The monks offered sweet liquids to their Gurudeva at midday. Naytams Mayuranatha and Dayanatha perform the silent ceremony. This was the 216th Pada Puja performed for Gurudeva since his departure, which is 108 times two, and the power and auspiciousness was palpably doubled on this day.
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