Several days ago an afternoon pada puja was performed at Gurudeva's shrine. Each month during the Chitra nakshatra this contemplative abhishekam is done by the monks, bathing Gurudeva's tiruvadi in prana-filled substances such as milk, yogurt and honey.
"Where do you get devotion? Not from the teacher. The teacher is only an awakener. He imparts knowledge to you, a vibration to you. He awakens you to the possibilities of the grandeur within yourself." - Gurudeva
As the busy week unfolds, the monastics and island members invoke and worship Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami for the May chitra puja. In a few days we will invoke Lord Muruga to end this dynamic phase.
Today in our early morning hours here on Kauai, our monks and several local members gathered in Kadvul Temple to worship Gurudeva's holy feet. Nirvani Tejadevanatha and Yogi Rajanatha performed the abhishekam while other monks chanted Sri Rudram and meditated on Gurudeva's grace. This is the one time of the year that the chitra nakshatra lands on a full moon, just opposite of our Mahasamadhi celebrations--celebrated six months later on the new moon. It was a sublime, peaceful and love-filled morning for all. Over on the mainland, Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami and Sannyasin Shanmuganathaswami attended a satsang at Easvan and Devi Param's home in California. The padapuja to Satguru and the satsang began just at Gurudeva's padapuja in Kauai concluded. Aum Namah Sivaya.
Over the retreat we had our monthly padapuja for Gurudeva with our local devotees and pilgrims from afar.
Natyam Jayanatha and Yogi Adinatha perform today's contemplative puja rites to Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami
The monks interrupted their Sadhu Paksha period to worship Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami in the early morning hours
This morning, during the chitra nakshatra, monastics and devotees gathered in Kadavul Temple for a padapuja at Gurudeva's shrine.
Our 2017 Mahasamadhi celebrations continued with an afternoon parade on the second day. This parade took a pair of tiruvadi and Gurudeva's image out to Iraivan Temple's Inner sanctum and back. Stopping along the way at Umbrella Ganesha, the flagpole, and followed by worship at Dakshinamurti.
The next two days would begin with our morning padapujas performed by the monks, and included classes with Sadasivanathaswami and with Satguru. Satguru discussed many topics including an elaboration on Lord Murugan and some explanation of Skanda Shashti.
On the final afternoon, we began with a homa conducted by Kumar Gurukkal who flew in for the event. The homa included several powerful Vedic rituals and culminated with Satguru carrying the Kumbha outside around the flagpole and back into the temple to be poured over Gurudeva's tiruvadi for the final abhishakam.
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