Following another day of classes, Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, the monks and pilgrims all gathered together in Kadavul Temple for a homa and final abhishekam to Gurudeva to conclude our 2019 festivities. Kumar Gurukkal performed 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
On the second day of our Mahasamadhi Celebrations, Satguru, monk and pilgrims joined together at Kadavul Temple in the early morning for a padapuja to Gurudeva. It began with a round of Sri Rudram and concluded with a short puja performed by Yogi Jayanatha and Yogi Dayanatha. That was followed by a short meditation and some singing. After breakfast, the next activity was a late-morning class with Paramacharya Sadasivanathaswami. One item Swami presented was the profundity behind the form of Siva known as "Sadasiva." As it happed to work out, the lovely bronze Sadasiva, created by artist Natalie Levin in Tucson, arrived at the Aadheenam on the first day of our festivities. Swami brought the group out to see the statue in its current, temporary location. Aum.
Yesterday we began our 2019 Mahasamadhi celebrations in honor of Gurudeva Sivaya Subramuniyaswami. Pilgrims from around the world arrived over this last few days for the event which began with an early morning homa in Kadavul Temple. Devotees then enjoyed a class with Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami and in their afternoon took some time to explore the grounds, do sadhana and more. Aum Namah Sivaya.
"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
It has been raining every day for weeks. This poses a challenge for the Deva and Tandu because the sizing/varnish on Gurudeva takes forever to dry. After two weeks they are back on the job.
It was in June, 2009, when the team from Michael Kramer's Gilding Studio came to Kauai to put the gold leaf on Iraivan. At that time they trained our members on how it was done. We also gilded the statue of Gurudeva at the same time. He has been sitting in Kadavul temple for 10 years. Flowers, malas, fingers touching his feet... all this gradually wore the gold leaf away. Kulapati Deva Seyon and Tandu Sivanathan having taken on the task of re-gilding him.
Recently our monks and members celebrated our monthly chitra padapuja to Gurudeva with an abhishekam in Kadavul Temple. This month's puja also landed on Ganesha Chaturthi. Quite an auspicious and powerful time. Aum Namah Sivaya.
Aum Namah Sivaya
Yesterday afternoon we gathered in Kadavul Temple for a padapuja to Gurudeva's granite paduka. While monks chanted Sri Rudram, Yogi Mayuranatha and Nirvani Tejadevanatha performed the abhishekam. Aum
Yesterday afternoon we celebrated this month's chitra nakshatra with a abhishekam to Gurudeva's Tiruvadi. Yogi's Mayuranatha and Adinatha performed the padapuja.
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