The 2018 Innersearch has come to an end. Our hope is that we were able to give you a glimpse into what these pilgrims went through, but to be sure it is like a grain of sand sitting atop an entire beach. Enjoy this final slideshow of work from our long-time church member and Innersearcher Indivar Sivanathan. She has captured some moments in time that can never be forgotten. Sign ups are now open for the 2019 program, less than one year away.
Coming back from our temple visit, we were regaled with a rich pre-dinner musical concert. A group of five musicians had gathered a number of instruments on the stage. It began with a Yogaswami Natchintanai followed by six or seven major vina pieces of varying kinds, played to perfection. Then the real fun began. A marvelously gifted musician, Thuvarakan, started with some simple drumming. This gave way to a wide-ranging display of his skills (honed since he was five year old) on every kind of drum, old and new. He was equally adept at all of them.
But then he let loose, picked up a synthesizer and astonished us all with his creative genius and swift and nimble fingers. At one point he played the well known iPhone ringtone, then began to riff on it. Dozens of interpretations and permutations. Quite amazing. Bodhinatha offered them all shawls and they stayed to enjoy dinner with us at the Tinnai.
Here is a short selection...
Off we went to Kaitatady where Yogaswami built a thatched hut for his disciple and commanded him to stay there. Markanduswami settled there at age 60 and in 1985 left his body at age 92. He never left the compound all those years.
We entered into the newly renovated hut, made the same size as the original but of fresh concrete and wood. Thondunatha told the story of how Gurudeva asked him to visit here weekly, which he did for 3-4 years.
Markanduswami lived a pure and austere life here, and kept the compound spotless, meditating, singing Natchintanai and receiving visitors. He would never speak from his own knowledge or experience. Instead, he held to the sadhana of saying only what Yogaswami said, nothing more.
We saw two book, old and dusty, in the room. Taking them down, we saw they were two editions of Natchintanai! Not only did he only speak his guru's words, he seems to have only read them as well.
We Visit the Vedanta Madam Off we bussed to one of the important institutions of our lineage. Kadaitswami had a disciple they called Sargaent Swami (since he was of that rank in the Jaffna police). He founded this madam which follows the Tirumular interpretation of Vedanta. We were greeted by the current swami, the seventh in their lineage. He spoke lovingly of Satguru Bodhinatha’s visits (2015 and now), and after Bodhinatha gave a brief discourse and vibuthi blessings to all gathered, swami fed all the Innersearchers, personally filling the monks’ banana leaves. So pure and humble a soul he is.
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