Today we celebrate the 92nd Guru Jayanti for Gurudeva Sivaya Subramuinyaswami.
It’s fun to be humans together, living lives, being all kinds of people. But really, we’re a willful band of colorful, adventure-loving souls. We’re renegades, we’re great leaders, we’re inspirers of change. We’re family, we’re rivals, we are momentary acquaintances of profound meaning. We’ve shaped communities and nations, groups and individuals, but mostly we’ve shaped each other. We’ve been alone unto ourselves in far off mountain places and breathed the freedom of those airy spaces. We’ve lived simple lives, enjoying the comfort of small endeavors and close loved ones, and we’ve lived lives stripped of all ease, fighting for a purpose we believed. So here we are again, doing it once more, laughing and fumbling to settle the score, readying ourselves to leave through that final, crystal-light door.
This morning the monks began their new phase with a pada puja to Gurudeva Sivaya Subramuniyaswami during the Chitra nakshatra. Natyam Dayanatha and Yogi Adinatha performed the abhishekam.
Yesterday we celebrated the 228th chitra pada puja for Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami. Monks and members joined Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami for an afternoon puja in Kadavul Temple, performed by Natyam Dayanatha and Yogi Jayanatha.
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
Archives are now available through 2001. Light colored days have no posts. 1998-2001 coming later.