Aum Namah Sivaya
Today our monks had the joy of hosting the Tanzi family from Boston. They’re here on an extended two month pilgrimage to the island and plan to make frequent visits to the temple during that time. This is a wonderful time to visit our island. We currently have clear, warm weather and our upcoming celebration of Guru Purnima is only weeks away. Aum.
Aloha , Today is a quiet and calm day at the monastery. We are all winding down from an intense and exciting festival phase, as we like to call it, as it really doesn't feel like a normal phase at all with how much is happening! Anyways... Back to the news! Today Ajay and Lata Shah, longtime donors to Iraivan Temple, came for a short visit today, they were shown around by Shanmuganathaswami who took then to Iraivan. They also had darshan with Bodhinatha! Aum Namah Sivaya
Devotee Rishi Thondunathan reports from Jaffna, Sri Lanka--
"We, the devotees of the Sri Subramuniya Kottam, dedicate the year 2022 (January 5, 2022 - January 5, 2023) as the Year of the Nandinatha Sampradaya for the following, very special reasons:
The 150th birth anniversary of Paramaguru Siva Yogaswami
The 80th jayanthi of Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami
The 50th anniversary of Satguru Bodhinathas initiation by Gurudeva in Alaveddy, Sri Lanka
The 50th anniversary of the installation of Pasupatheswarar Siva Lingam in the Sri Subramuniya (Ashram) Temple in Alaveddy, Sri Lanka
The 40th anniversary of Gurudeva's installation of the Sri Shanthilingam with his own hands in Kopay, Sri Lanka.
For these auspicious reasons, we plan to have celebrations all through this year and are also planning several charitable activities to mark these special occasions.
Above all, our main focus will be completing the "Sri Subramuniya Temple Project," a spiritual sanctuary to preserve our beloved Gurudevas legacy in Sri Lanka."
Rishi also noted that Satguru Bodhinatha's sannyas initiation day and Sivaratri fell on the same day this year. "We had a wonderful Maha Sivarathri and initiation day at our Sri Subramuniya kottam. Nallai Adheenam Karthar, Jaffna Chinmaya Mission Swami, Vethantha Madham swami, kilinochi Chinmaya Mission Brahmachari and Dr. Aru Thirumurugan are the special guests along with the local devotees.
Here with I'm enclosing a few pictures.
There have been the forms of Siva that have walked through the Aadheenam's gates of late. From 9:00am to noon, one will find a vast variety of worshipful, intrigued and smiling faces as guests, new and old, explore the area around areas around our entrance, our gift shop and around Kadavul Temple. We've had many Hindu pilgrims arrive to give their family's a more religious holiday season, as well as many others who have come to the island for a short vacation from life on the mainland and elsewhere.
"Hospitality flows from Siva's followers like sweet music from a vina. Guests are treated as Gods. Friends, relatives, acquaintances, even strangers, are humbled by the overwhelming, ever-willing attention received." - Gurudeva
Click through the slideshow to read a few of our many guests' google maps reviews from the last few months.
Aum Namah Sivaya
These last few weeks the monastery has had the pleasure of hosting Gaurav and Ripla Malhotra who are here on pilgrimage from Chicago along with their two children. Their son Aran has been performing seva with the monks of the Siddhidatta Kulam, and the whole family has been doing some seva related to the Mini Mela. They are also enjoying the temple and sacred gardens while they absorb the darshan of the Kauai Aadheenam. Aum.
Aum Namah Sivaya
Lyla Tanzi offers us more of her artistic photographs, taken during her time on pilgrimage to Kauai Aadheenam. She's here on the island with her parents, Rudy and Asha. So sit back and enjoy this slideshow, as we journey across the Aadheenam through Lyla's iPhone lens. Aum.
After a short but potent pilgrimage, Suresh and Shanthi are returning home to LA. While here they enjoyed intensifying their sadhana, performing seva and attending pujas at Kadavul Temple. Here they are, meeting with Satguru at the end of their stay. Aum Namah Sivaya.
These past few weeks, the monks have enjoyed the presence of Erasenthiran Poonjolai and his son Naavalan. They've been joining the monks for the morning Siva Puja at 5:30am, attending lunch with the monks and satguru, and have been working alongside the mathavasis in the various kulams. Yesterday, with their pilgrimage drawing to a close, they met with satguru in the guru peedam, and today Naavalan had his ears pierced following the 3pm Ganesha puja. Aum Namah Sivaya.
Aum Namah Sivaya
Several days ago, following the Siva Abhishekam during the Ardra nakshatra, Arunesh, 13, and Poshika Eswaran 11, took their Vidyasishya pledges in front of Satguru at the Guru Peedam. The two are here with their family on pilgrimage from Dallas, Texas. The Vidyasishya pledge includes a dedication to uphold the yamas and niyamas in one's life, as well as to perform a ten-minute daily sadhana. Arunash also took his Brahmacharya Vrata. Aum.
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