This afternoon our monks observe a Siva Homa and a Padapuja for Gurudeva, beginning at 3:30pm Kauai Aadheenam Standard Time. Visit our Youtube Channel to see the live stream: https://www.youtube.com/user/kauaiaadheenam
Jai Kailasa Parampara!
Yesterday, Satguru and our monks began a four-day celebration of Gurudeva Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, his life and teachings. While the event is usually attended by many members and devotees from around the world, this year is understandably more subdued, with only monks observing the temple pujas. These last two days began with a puja at Gurudeva's shrine in Kadavul Temple. The monks chanted Sri Rudram, Gurudeva's ashtottara (108 names) and Yo Pam Pushpam. Following the arati, everyone sat for a short meditation. Aum Namah Sivaya.
"A satguru is needed because the mind is so cunning and the ego is a self-perpetuating mechanism. It is he who inspires, assists, guides and impels the shishya toward the Self of himself." Gurudeva
Early this morning our monks gathered in Kadavul Temple to observe the monthly padapuja to Gurudeva Sivaya Subramuniyaswami. Yogi Dayanatha and Yogi Haranandinatha performed the abhishekam while Satguru and other monks chanted Sri Rudram.
"Seeking for God in the depths of one's being through control of the mind, control of one's thoughts, feelings and emotions, gives birth to the highest qualities of nature." - Gurudeva
Quite some time ago, you might remember that we posted Part 1 of 2 videos done by Natalie Levin in which she gives descriptions of her Gurudeva sketches. Today we present you with the second video. Also, we will soon release all the images online, so stay tuned! Aum.
Over the monks' retreat, one was inspired to refinish the wooden frame around Gurudeva's photo which resides inside Iraivan Temple. Bodhinatha's frame had been upgraded prior, leaving this one looking a little worn. Now both frames enjoy a shiny new look. Aum.
Recorded in 1962: The Art of Giving, Of Doing Nothing; True Perception and Talking Things Over
Our monks concluded their last phase with this month's chitra padapuja to Gurudeva (and thankfully not with a hurricane). Yogi Jayanatha and Yogi Dayanatha performed the morning abhishekam while other monks chanted Sri Rudram. This was the 250th chitra puja since Gurudeva's Mahasamadhi in 2001. Aum Namah Sivaya.
"Out of the microcosm ever comes the macrocosm. Out of Paraśiva—which is timeless, causeless and formless—ever comes all form. This is the great mystery without a reason why. Out of pure consciousness ever comes the light which binds all form together in specific bondage, individualizing forms, souls, one from another. This is ever happening, as simultaneously struggling souls remove their bondage through the grace of God Śiva to come into Satchidānanda, later to be absorbed into Paraśiva. This, too, is a great mystery without a reason why. The existence called Paraśiva pervades the infinite Satchidānanda, sustaining it just as the Divine Light of God Śiva’s mind pervades and sustains the gross forms of this world. Paraśiva does not create Satchidānanda, yet Satchidānanda is sustained because of the existence of nonexistence"
Download the PDF file here: The Gurus Holy Feet.
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