Yesterday afternoon, visiting pilgrims enjoyed a class with Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami. Early this morning everyone joined in Kadavul Temple for a short puja to Gurudeva's tiruvadi.
This morning the monastery began the new phase. This phase is our annual festival for the the 2001 Mahasamadhi of Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami. This week, close devotees from around the world visit the aadheenam and enjoy special pujas and classes with Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami and other swamis. This morning was day one, and we began with a homa. It was also an auspicious time for Shanti Suresh, visiting from California, to take samaya diksha, receiving a blessing from Satguru to chant the sacred manta "Aum Namah Sivaya."
Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami reads from Lesson 58 of the Himalayan Academy publication “Path To Siva,” discussing the benefit of maintaining friendships with other spiritual people.
Aum Namah Sivaya
The monastery has enjoyed a busy phase, as we ready for the arrival of pilgrims for our 2018 Mahasamadhi celebrations. Also this phase, the Hinduism Today team has been hard at work finalizing the next issue of the magazine. After our retreat Mahasamadhi phase begins with a early morning homa and days of classes and events for pilgrims. See you agian soon!
"As long as there is searching, Parasiva has not been found, for searching is two, while It is one." Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami
Our resident aerial photographer recently acquired these shots of our Shadkonam Garden project. The video has our quad copter doing a fun spiral down to the garden. Try not to get woozy while you watch it!
This image shows the garden in relation to Iraivan
Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami reads from Lesson 57 of the Himalayan Academy publication “Path To Siva,” discussing the how we can get along well with others, bringing peace to the world around us.
Aum Namah Sivaya
Here are all the smiling faces from our most recent public tour. Guests really love the time they have out at Iraivan, seeing the hand chipping of temple stones.
Click here for a recent talk from Satguru about how the HIndu recieves their guests:
"How Do We Receive Guests"
Recently the Siddhidatta Kulam completed the construction of the heavily reinforced ramp that will support the Avudaiyar on its way into the inner sanctum of Iraivan Temple. The 10,141.26 pound Avudaiyar will be lifted onto this ramp and then guided on rollers into the temple.
Our monastic media team recently got an upgrade to their older Sony A7R, the monastery's main (non-iPhone) photo and video taking device. Just a few days ago we received a new Fuji X-T3 with a 18-55mm lens. This little camera is a joy to use and even with this standard kit lens it takes surprisingly nice photographs. Our resident Takagrapher takes it for a spin. Here are some test shots.
Recently we held the annual Ayudha Puja, blessing the many tools that make Iraivan temple possible. This puja is a part of Navaratri and while the monastery doesn't observe this festival, ayudha puja is considered an important event, with special prayers for all tools all machinery used by the silpis. Traditionally, the first stone for a new project is blessed on this day, and today that was the first stone in the next layer of the Nandi Mandapam. After the short puja and blessings, Satguru gave gifts to each of the Siplis. Aum.
Archives are now available through 2001. Light colored days have no posts. 1998-2001 coming later.