This morning our monks and local shishya celebrated the Chitra nakshatra with their monthly observance in Kadavul Temple. Sannyasin Tillainathaswami and Yogi Haranandinatha performed an abhiskekam at Gurudeva's shrine, while other monks chanted Sri Rudram. 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
We hope you enjoy this large collection of slightly belated photos from Kauai Aadheenam's recent Mahasamadhi Celebrations. On the second to last day of the festivities, pilgrims spent time at Iraivan Temple, learning about the project from Yoginathswami. Later they worked to set up for the next day's final event along with the installation of a stone stand for the installation of a granite murti of Gurudeva near the monastery entrance. On the final day, pilgrims had a class with Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami. Following class everyone paraded to Kadavul Temple and then to the entrance area with the granite statue of Gurudeva. Gurukkal performed the installation puja. That afternoon was the final homa. The kumbha, blessed with divine energies from the homa, was then paraded to Gurudeva's shrine in Kadavul Temple for the final abhishekam. Aum.
Jai Gurudeva! Following four days of events and classes at Kauai Aadheenam for our visiting pilgrims, Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, the monks and devotees all gather together for a homa and then a final abhishekam to Gurudeva to conclude our 2022 Mahasamadhi festivities. Kumar Gurukkal performes the ceremony with the help from the monks and Satguru. "The Self God is within all of this. It is beyond all bodies. It is beyond all form. It is beyond all intellect, beyond time, beyond space. That is the big realization on this planet, the thing that should be yearned for, sought for; all desires should be pointed in that direction. And then, once realized, you live out the life of the physical body and do what you can do in service to your fellow man, who is also coming along the same path that you have walked on before. All knowing also is right within you." - Gurudeva
This week the monastery has been enjoying Gurudeva's 2022 Mahasamadhi celebrations. Each day begins with an early morning puja at Gurudeva's shrine in Kadavul Temple. Many devotees from around the world have come for these few weeks to celebrate Gurudeva's life and mission. Throughout the day attendees join in Kadavul for the Siva Puja, followed by an event or class. On the first day everyone gathered in the Media Studio for presentations about current projects that the publications team has been working on. Afterward they had lunch, cooked by the monks. In the afternoons devotees enjoy access to the 3pm Ganesha puja followed by time to wander the Aadheenam grounds to perform sadhana and take in the beauty of nature.
Happy Chitra Nakshatra! After 22 years, we have replaced the trusty, conventional lightbox that has displayed Gurudeva's photos at his shrine in Kadavul Temple. The technology was old school. Each month a monk stepped up on the shrine, opened the box, pulled out the plexiglass sandwich and inserted a new transparency. The new box houses a high grade digital screen that will rotate through many high quality images every three hours, while drawing a similar amount of power as the old unit. Kumarnathaswami and Kanda Alahan teamed up on the project. It was Kanda and his sons who had built the original version in their California cabinet shop.
Since 2009, Natchintanai - 73 Spiritual Songs was available with MylaiSri text for the Tamil. It was not possible to put it online, because that Tamil font would have rendered as gibberish. But now that Tamil has been re-entered in Arial Unicode! Now that it is in unicode, it can be copied and pasted across any web platform or in your email. The publication is also available in the EPUB:
This song book is dedicated to Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, affectionately known as Gurudeva. He gave us these instructions regarding the heritage of songs from his guru, Siva Yogaswami of Jaffna, Sri Lanka:
"All my followers shall revere as sacred scripture the songs of Sage Yogaswami, called Natchintanai, which entirely embody the teachings of our lineage and command one and all to 'Know thy Self by thy self.' Aum.
They and my noble mathavasis all follow the path of service so vigorously hailed by Asan (spiritual master) Yogaswami in his many Natchintanai hymns which embody our philosophy."
With our celebration of Guru Purnima on the horizon, the energy of our guru parampara is at the forefront of the inner mind. During the chitra nakshatra, monks and devotees joined in Kadavul Temple to honor Gurudeva Sivaya Subramuniyaswami with a padapuja.
"We may say that love is the heart of the mind. Anything that comes before you in life can be conquered through universal love, a force which is a demonstration of the soul." - Gurudeva
Archives are now available through 2001. Light colored days have no posts. 1998-2001 coming later.