Several days ago the monastery celebrated the final day of Skanda Shashti with a powerful abhishekam to Lord Murugan in Kadavul Temple.
From Dancing with Siva:
Lord Karttikeya flies through the mind's vast substance from planet to planet. He could well be called the Emancipator, ever available to the call of those in distress. Lord Karttikeya, God of will, direct cognition and the purest, child-like divine love, propels us onward on the righteous way through religion, His Father's law. Majestically seated on the manipura chakra, this scarlet-hued God blesses mankind and strengthens our will when we lift to the inner sky through sadhana and yoga. The yoga pada begins with the worship of Him. The yogi, locked in meditation, venerates Karttikeya, Skanda, as his mind becomes as calm as saravana, the lake of Divine Essence. The kundalini force within everyone is held and controlled by this powerful God, first among renunciates, dear to all sannyasins. Revered as Murugan in the South, He is commander in chief of the great devonic army, a fine, dynamic soldier of the within, a fearless defender of righteousness. He is Divinity emulated in form. The Vedas say, "To such a one who has his stains wiped away, the venerable Sanatkumara shows the further shore of darkness. Him they call Skanda."
"The moon, sun and fire are in unison radiating their resplendent effulgence. Radiating the luminous sparks is Murugan, who lights up the world by His peerless light." Kathirgama Purana
Today we celebrate Lord Murugan with an abhishekam in Kadavul Temple. For this six day festival Hindus celebrate the victory of our inner light over our outer ignorance. Let's step back in time and see Lord Skanda as He has been on this day for the last 10 years.
Who is Skanda?
Skanda is a God of many attributes, often depicted as six-faced and twelve-armed. Saivite Hindus hail this supreme warrior, the commander-in-chief of the great army of devas, or beings of light, a fearless defender of righteousness. They honor Him as the mystic healer of ailments and master of yoga, guiding those who persevere on enlightenment's path. Legends say He was the first to renounce the world and step onto the path of kundalini yoga. God Siva bestowed upon Him dominion over the chakras of willpower, direct cognition, and the purest, child-like divine love. Murugan is the tutelary Deity of the Tamil community.
On the second day of our Mahasamadhi Celebrations, Satguru, monk and pilgrims joined together at Kadavul Temple in the early morning for a padapuja to Gurudeva. It began with a round of Sri Rudram and concluded with a short puja performed by Yogi Jayanatha and Yogi Dayanatha. That was followed by a short meditation and some singing. After breakfast, the next activity was a late-morning class with Paramacharya Sadasivanathaswami. One item Swami presented was the profundity behind the form of Siva known as "Sadasiva." As it happed to work out, the lovely bronze Sadasiva, created by artist Natalie Levin in Tucson, arrived at the Aadheenam on the first day of our festivities. Swami brought the group out to see the statue in its current, temporary location. Aum.
On the last day of Navaratri, October 7th this year, we worship Mother Sarasvati and invoke Her blessings on all the instruments of our service: the tools, books, musical instruments, and today, even our computers and in India, taxi cabs! Read about it in wikipedia.
This morning we tuned in to Gurudeva on the inner planes via the Kanya Mase (month) Chitra Puja. He is always with us and ever ready to send messages of inspiration and answers to questions and to help us carry on with the mission.
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.
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