Part I: On Virtue
Section I: Prologue
Chapter 1: Praising God
The first four letters of the Tamil alphabet are seen here: A, AH, E, EE. This is the dancing Siva who creates. He is shown without ornamentation or man-made things. He is in all of nature, dressed with pearl necklace, simple cotton yarn sacred thread (poolnul. He is dancing over the world of birds, animals, plants and nature in her abundance.
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“A” is the first and source of all the letters. Even so is
God Primordial the first and source of all the world.
What has learning profited a man, if it has not led him
to worship the Good Feet of Him who is pure knowledge itself?
The Supreme dwells within the lotus of the heart. Those who reach
His Splendid Feet dwell enduringly within unearthly realms.
Draw near the Feet of Him who is free of desire
and aversion, and live forever free of suffering.
Good and bad, delusion’s dual deeds, do not cling to those
who delight in praising the Immutable, Worshipful One.
A long and joyous life rewards those who remain firmly
on the faultless path of Him who controls the five senses.
They alone dispel the mind’s distress
who take refuge at the Feet of the Incomparable One.
They alone can cross life’s other oceans who take refuge
at the Feet of the Gracious One, Himself an Ocean of Virtue.
The head which cannot bow before the Feet of the Possessor of
eight infinite powers is like the senses lacking the power to perceive.
The boundless ocean of births can be crossed, indeed,
but not without intimate union with Infinity’s Holy Feet.
This morning several concrete trucks found their way up to the aadheenam to help with the western side of Iraivan Temple's lavarock plinth. Umut and his team have been preparing for this, and today were ready to fill in behind their next layer of stones. These lower layers take the most time and resources to construct, and having concrete pumped from a truck is a great boon for such a large project. Usually Umut and his team mix all their needed concrete themselves, but rarely do they work on projects of this scale.
Recently, Jiva Rajasankara sent the aadheenam a photo of the bronze tiruvasi that is currently being created in India. This tiruvasi will stand behind Iriavan Temple's crystal Sivalingam. It is done in a slightly more traditional and ancient-looking style than is commonly seen today and will look wonderful against the sanctum's polished red granite. Aum Namah Sivaya.
Aum Namah Sivaya
Yesterday the monks observed their monthly puja and abhishekam to Lord Nataraja during the Ardra Nakshatra. This day marks a lunar alignment with Ardra, a massive star in Orion and one of twenty-seven nakshatras or lunar mansions. During this time, Lord Nataraja's energies are potent and easily felt. This short article from Hinduism Today explains more about this special celestial body:
Ardra, the Dancing Star
Ardra is the star that names one of the nakshatras, the 27 lunar mansions of Hindu astrology. It is known as Siva's star, a cosmic representation of His third eye, red and intense.
Called Betelgeuse in the West (a medieval Arabic name), it fascinates and consternates modern astronomers. Though it is one of the most studied of suns, it defies description, as it changes in brightness, size and even shape with rythmic gusto.
Scientists call Ardra "mysterious" and "elusive" in their published works, informally calling this massive orb "the dancing star." Hindus might find the name apt--after all, Siva is Nataraja, King of Dance.
Ardra is part of the constellation of Orion, shining as the brightest red star in the sky. Because of its blazing choreography, there is no certainty about how far it is from Earth, but the latest calculations point to around 725 light-years. Siva's star is colossal. For sake of comparison, if it were the size a football stadium, Earth would be a spec of dust, and the Sun no larger than a mango.
Ardra is nearing a transitional point in its evolution. Tomorrow, perhaps, or several thousand years from now--it will enter a supernova stage. In that act, marking the height of this cosmic performance, Ardra will convert most of itself into light and cosmic rays, sending its energy out to the universe in a blinding flash. When that happens, it will outshine the full moon in our sky for months and be visible even during the day.
After that, Ardra will be a small neutron star, unimaginably dense, spinning incredibly fast. Just a cup of matter from a neutron star's core weighs more than all the mountains of the Himalayas combined.
Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami gives his weekly Upadesha in Kadavul Temple at Kauai Aadheenam. Here Satguru continues his discussion of Sivaya Subramuniyaswami's writings about the seven dimensions of the mind with details about the sixth dimension.
During the 2019 Sri Lanka Innersearch, Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami along with the Innersearch pilgrims from around the world, planted trees at our Sri Subramuniya Temple in Alaveddy.
Satguru gracefully planted the first sandalwood tree. Following that, another sixty-three trees, representing the sixty-three Saivite saints, were planted by the pilgrims.
These trees were planted around the temple property to create a lush green border. They all are growing tall and happy with new shoots of healthy and wide heart-shaped shining leaves. Thank you very much for your blessings Satguru!
Some 20 years ago we planted a Red Jade Vine out near the top of the Path of the Satguru's, near where Chelleppaswami's murti sits today. This week it is in magnificent bloom, and is a must-see. It will continue to get bigger each year. Also, our Yellow Jade Vine (quite rare) is in bloom.
Click here for more photos of the Ganesha at our Spiritual Park in Mauritius.
This week the monks acquired a second Electric Cushman Utility vehicle. This is part of our ongoing process to sell many of our older UTV's and replace them with newer ones that are easier and less expensive to maintain. Like all our electric vehicles, this one will be predominantly charged from our solar electricity. Though it looks very similar to the new Cushman UTV that we bought last month, this one is actually a few years older. It has some new tires and new batteries and it was well cared for on a drier area of our island. This morning some of the monks performed a short blessing for the new vehicle. Aum.
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