On November 5th the Aadheenam observed the 227th Chitra padapuja to Gurudeva Sivaya Subramuniyaswami. This, at the end of four days of morning pada pujas and classes for pilgrims. Sivachariyar Kumar Gurukkal performed the elaborate homa and the following abhishekam to Gurudeva's tiruvadi.
On the second afternoon of our Mahasamadhi festival the group paraded tiruvadi from Gurudeva's shrine out to Umbrella Ganesha, Iraivan Temple, the Swayambhu Lingam, Rishi Nandinatha and Rishi Tirumular, and finally to Dakshinamurti.
"Nothing is more precious than the first soul-quickening, life-changing shaktipata from a guru. Nothing is more central to spiritual awakening than the progressive dikshas, or initiations, he bestows." - Gurudeva
Yesterday afternoon, visiting pilgrims enjoyed a class with Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami. Early this morning everyone joined in Kadavul Temple for a short puja to Gurudeva's tiruvadi.
This morning the monastery began the new phase. This phase is our annual festival for the the 2001 Mahasamadhi of Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami. This week, close devotees from around the world visit the aadheenam and enjoy special pujas and classes with Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami and other swamis. This morning was day one, and we began with a homa. It was also an auspicious time for Shanti Suresh, visiting from California, to take samaya diksha, receiving a blessing from Satguru to chant the sacred manta "Aum Namah Sivaya."
Yesterday afternoon, during the chitra nakshatra, we held our 226th monthly chitra padapuja to Gurudeva's tiruvadi in Kadavul Temple.
"The path of Saiva Siddhanta is worshiping God on the outside and realizing God on the inside, and when the two come together--transformation!" Gurudeva
A treat from our video archives in celebration of Guru Purnima
Several days ago an afternoon pada puja was performed at Gurudeva's shrine. Each month during the Chitra nakshatra this contemplative abhishekam is done by the monks, bathing Gurudeva's tiruvadi in prana-filled substances such as milk, yogurt and honey.
"Where do you get devotion? Not from the teacher. The teacher is only an awakener. He imparts knowledge to you, a vibration to you. He awakens you to the possibilities of the grandeur within yourself." - Gurudeva
As the busy week unfolds, the monastics and island members invoke and worship Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami for the May chitra puja. In a few days we will invoke Lord Muruga to end this dynamic phase.
Today in our early morning hours here on Kauai, our monks and several local members gathered in Kadvul Temple to worship Gurudeva's holy feet. Nirvani Tejadevanatha and Yogi Rajanatha performed the abhishekam while other monks chanted Sri Rudram and meditated on Gurudeva's grace. This is the one time of the year that the chitra nakshatra lands on a full moon, just opposite of our Mahasamadhi celebrations--celebrated six months later on the new moon. It was a sublime, peaceful and love-filled morning for all. Over on the mainland, Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami and Sannyasin Shanmuganathaswami attended a satsang at Easvan and Devi Param's home in California. The padapuja to Satguru and the satsang began just at Gurudeva's padapuja in Kauai concluded. Aum Namah Sivaya.
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