This morning the monks performed a Guru Purnima padapuja for Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami. For those who missed it, here is the full video. Aum Namah Sivaya.
Jai Nandinatha Sampradaya!
Jai Kailasa Parampara!
Jai Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami!
Join our monks tomorrow morning (July 3rd) from 6:00am to 7:00am, Kauai time, for a live-streamed padapuja to Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami. Just go to our Youtube channel and, once live, you’ll see a live-stream video as the most recent video available.
Aum Saravanabhava Aum
The monks of Kauai Aadheenam offer their humble abhishekam to Lord Murugan during Vaikasi Visakam
For those who wish to tune in to Kauai Aadheenam for Vaikasi Visakam, there will be a live stream available on our YouTube Channel. The Puja and Abhishekam begin at 4:30pm, Kauai time, June 3rd.
Today our monks performed the special monthly abhishekam to Lord Nataraja in Kadavul Temple. This is a powerful day to worship and come to know the Lord of Dance as an ultimate intelligence and ultimately ourselves. Aum Namah Sivaya.
Aum Namah Sivaya!
Today is Ardra Nakshatra, so the monks performed their monthly abhishekam to Lord Nataraja in Kadavul Temple. We hope you enjoyed an inner day as well, worshiping and celebrating this dancing universe. Aum
Nataraja, “King of Dance,” is a depiction of God as the Cosmic Dancer. Perhaps Hinduism’s richest and most eloquent symbol, Nataraja represents the Primal Soul and the power, energy and life of all that exists. This is God’s intricate state of Being in Manifestation. The dance is the dance of the entire cosmos. Nataraja is chosen to depict the Divine because, in dance, that which is created is inseparable from its creator, just as the universe and soul cannot be separated from God. Dance and dancer are one. Nataraja is also stillness and motion wrought together. The stillness speaks of the peace and poise that lies deep within us all. The intense motion, depicted by His hair flying wildly in all directions, is an intimation of the fury and ferocity, the violent vigor, which fills this universe wherein we dwell. The implication of these opposites is that God contains and allows them both, that there is divine purpose at work in our life, whether we find ourselves engaged in its beauty or its “madness.”
Nataraja’s Dance, or all that happens, is composed of an ever-flowing combination of five foundational actions: 1) creation, or emanation, represented by His upper right hand and the drum, from which the Primal Sound issues forth, promulgating the rhythms and cycles of creation; 2) preservation, represented by His lower right hand in a gesture of blessing, abhaya mudra, saying “fear not;” 3) destruction, dissolution or absorption, represented by the fire in His upper left hand; 4) obscuring grace, the power which hides the truth, thereby permitting experience, growth and eventual fulfillment of destiny, represented by His right foot upon the prostrate figure Apasmarapurusha—the principle of ignorance, or ego; 5) revealing grace—which grants knowledge and severs the soul’s bonds—represented by Siva’s raised left foot, and by His lower left hand, held in gajahasta (“elephant trunk”) mudra, inviting approach. These five cosmic activities are sometimes personalized respectively as Brahma, Vishnu, Rudra, Maheshvara and Sadasiva—or as Sadyojata (creation), Vamadeva (preservation), Aghora (reabsorption), Tatpurusha (obscuration) and Ishana (revealing grace).
The ring of fire in which Nataraja dances is the hall of consciousness, chitsabha; in other words, the light-filled heart of man, the central chamber of the manifest cosmos. God dances the universe into and out of existence, veiling Ultimate Reality for most, unveiling it for devotees who draw near and recognize Ultimate Reality in the chamber of their own inner being.
Aum Namah Sivaya!
Tonight in Kadavul Temple we celebrate Siva's great night with a homa, an insightful upadesha by Satguru and finally an abhishekam to the small crystal Sivalingam at the feet of Lord Nataraja. Instead of worshiping Siva in form, we dive within ourselves to realize our oneness with Parasiva, as the formless, timeless Absolute. It is a time to meditate on the source of our identity. Simply be the source of awareness within your mind. That is Siva. Aum.
"That which is neither internal consciousness nor external consciousness nor both together, which does not consist solely in compact consciousness, which is neither conscious nor unconscious, which is invisible, unapproachable, impalpable, indefinable, unthinkable, unnameable, whose very essence consists of the experience of its own self, which absorbs all diversity, is tranquil and benign, without a second, which is what they call the fourth state--that is the atman. This it is which should be known." - Atharva Veda
The Self God:
Several days ago our monks observed an abhishekam for Lord Murugan on Thai Pusam. Satguru arrived back from his travels that very same morning and was able to attend. Sannyasin Siddhanathaswami performed the abhishekam assisted by Nirvani Tejadevanatha and the younger monks. Lord Murugan was bathed in milk, yogurt, honey, citrus and more. His blessings were invoked, as the prana from these substances is reflected back into the auras of those who are present (and mentally present) during the final arati. Aum Saravanabhava Aum.
Today we celebrate Thai Pongal, a harvest festival common in South India, giving our appreciation for the abundance the Earth and Sun give us. The day is marked by the Sun's entrance into the sign of Capricorn. This morning the we gathered at Iraivan Temple with the Siplis to perform an arati, give thanks and, of course, eat vadai!
Aum Namah Sivaya
Several days ago the aadheenam celebrated Ardra Darshanam. While we can't take photos of the abhishekam to Lord Nataraja, we can show you photos from the early morning Siva homa that takes place before-hand. The homa invokes God's energies within the main kumbha which is then poured over Nataraja as the final offering during the abhishekam.
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