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June Chitra Padapuja

"We're here to realize the Self, have that one dramatic experience where everything that we thought was things is turned upside down, and our whole perspective afterwards changes. That is the purpose for living on this Earth." - Gurudeva

This morning, during the chitra nakshatra, our monastics observed our monthly padapuja to Gurudeva's thiruvadi. Yogi's Dayanatha and Haranandinatha performed the abhishekam while Satguru and the monks chanting Sri Rudram. Aum.

Cultivating Will Power

Extraordinary Sketches of Sivaya Subramuniyaswami – Part 1

Natalie Levin, of Tucson, Arizona (yes the same Natalie who sculpted the bronze Sadasiva murti that sits in the Aadheenam Sacred Garden), spent the last couple of winter months making extraordinary sketches of our Gurudeva. She wanted to give expression to his profundity, his clarity, his various moods, the richness of his inner being. When she sent the last few to Sadasivanathaswami, she included some commentary. Paramacharya found her words so revealing he asked her to do the same for the whole series of 20 sketches. The result: two videos of Natalie sharing what each one means to her. This is the first, and in a week or two we will post the second one. Good job, Natalie!

May 2020 Chitra Puja

Jai Gurudeva!

Today we celebrated our monthly Chitra padapuja to Gurudeva Sivaya Subramuniyaswami. Yogi's Jayanatha and Dayanatha performed the short abhishekam and puja while Satguru and other monks chanted Sri Rudram and dove within in meditation. Aum Namah Sivaya.

April Chitra Puja

Jai Gurudeva!

Recently we celebrated our monthly padapuja to Gurudeva. Due to virus-related restrictions, we only had our monks present for the event. Still, it was powerful as usual as Gurudeva's love and blessing flowed forth to us all. Aum Namah Sivaya.

"Humility is intelligence; arrogance is ignorance. To accept one's karma and the responsibility for one's actions is strength. To blame another is weakness and foolishness." - Gurudeva

February 2020 Chitra Puja

Jai Gurudeva!

This morning we celebrated Gurudeva with our monthly padapuja during the chitra nakshatra. Yogi Dayanatha and Nirvani Tejadevanatha performed the padapuja to Gurudeva's tiruvadi. Aum.

"Unfoldment doesn't take a lot of time. It just takes a lot of willpower." - Gurudeva

January 2020 Chitra Puja

Jai Gurudeva!

Above are photos from our recent Chitra Padapuja for Sivaya Subramuniyaswami.

Jai Gurudeva!

Today is the chitra nakshatra, and our monthly padapuja to Gurudeva. Here are a few more wonderful sketches from Natali in Tucson to enjoy. Aum.

"It is not a matter of becoming the Self, but of realizing that you never were not the Self. And what is that Self? It is Parasiva. It is God. It is That which is beyond the mind, beyond thought, feeling and emotion, beyond time, form and space." Gurudeva

A Work of Art for Gurudeva’s Jayanti

Jai Gurudeva!
Yesterday would have been Sivaya Subramuniyaswami's 93rd Jayanti. To celebrate the occasion, Natalie Levin sketched for us this wonderful portrait of Gurudeva.
Aum Namah Sivaya.

"To transcend the mind and reach the ultimate goal, seekers need the guidance of a satguru, an enlightened master who has followed the path to its natural end and can lead them to the Divine within themselves.” - Gurudeva

Beginning the Moksha Ritau

This morning we begin our winter season, the Moksha Ritau by raising our coral flag. This morning was also the Chitra Nakshatra, prior to the parade and flagrasing, monks and devotees attended a padapuja to Gurudeva in Kadavul Temple. This is the cool season, from mid-December to mid-April. It is the season of dissolution. The key word is resolution. Merging with Siva: Hinduism's Contemporary Metaphysics is the focus of study and intense investigation. The colors of this season are coral-pink, silver and all shades of blue and purple; coral for the Self within, silver and blue for illumination, and purple for enlightened wisdom. High above flies the coral flag, signaling Parashiva, Absolute Reality, beyond time, form and space.

The Moksha Ritau is a time of appreciation, of gratitude for all that life has given, and a time of honoring elders, those in the sannyasa stage of life.
Moksha Ritau is excellent for philosophical discussions, voicing ones understanding of the path through an enlightened intellect. In finance, it is the time for yearly accounting and reconciliation. On a mundane level it is a time of clearing attics, basements, garages, sheds, warehouses, workshops and desks, getting rid of unneeded things, of pruning trees, of streamlining life on the physical plane of reengineering.

2019 Mahasamadhi Puja

Indivar Sivanathan offers this wonderful video of Gurudeva's 2019 Mahasamadhi celebrations. Aum.

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