2020 Ardra Darshanam Homa

Aum Namah Sivaya

On December 29th, the monks of Kauai Aadheenam celebrated Ardra Darshanam with an early-morning homa, followed by an abhishakam to Lord Nataraja, concluding at noon that day. This day is considered one of the most auspicious days of the year, with Siva's dancing star of Ardra being in alignment with our moon, the Earth and the Sun. It is a time when we worship Siva in divine form, as opposed to Mahasivaratri, when we try to realize Siva as our own formless perfection. Aum

News from Mauritius

At the Spiritual Park in Mauritius, members have recently received delivery of a massive wooden frame holding a life-sized photo of Gurudeva holding a bamboo danda and wearing his wooden tiruvadi sandals. It is to be installed in one of the new mandapams in the days ahead, to inform the thousands of visitors who come each month of the founder and offer them a glimpse, a darshan. The craftsmen carved Shum mamsane into the oak wood and balawo frames. Congratulations to the team for pushing through this wonderful addition to the Spiritual Park.

Tirukural – Chapter 16

Chapter 16: Possession of Forbearance



Verse 155
An angry man, surrounded by filth, is about to strike another man who remains calm. The victim, refusing to retaliate, is sitting on a pile of gold bricks.

TAKA Presents the Tirukural

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Weaver's Wisdom


Verse 151

Just as the Earth bears those who dig into her,
it is best to bear with those who despise us.

Verse 152

It is always good to endure injuries done to you,
but to forget them is even better.

Verse 153

It is impoverished poverty to be inhospitable to guests.
It is stalwart strength to be patient with fools.

Verse 154

Desiring that greatness should never cease,
let one's conduct foster forbearance.

Verse 155

Worthless are those who injure others vengefully,
while those who stoically endure are like stored gold.

Verse 156

The joy of the vengeful lasts only for a day,
but the glory of the forbearing lasts until the end of time.

Verse 157

Though unjustly aggrieved, it is best to suffer the suffering
and refrain from unrighteous retaliation.

Verse 158

Let a man conquer by forbearance
those who in their arrogance have wronged him.

Verse 159

Those who patiently endure rude remarks
possess the rare purity of an ascetic.

Verse 160

Great are those who suffer fasting's hardships; yet they
are surpassed by those who suffer hard words.

A Gift on Canvas

Om Namah Sivaya

Today the monks received a gift from Natalie Levin. As you may know, this Arizona-based artist has created a collection of sketches, each of which captures a different fragment of Gurudeva's potent spirit (You can see them all here). This special gift is one of those sketches, having been enlarged and printed on canvas. The monks of the Ganapati Kulam hung it on the wall of the Media Studio, and it fits the space perfectly. Jai Gurudeva!

Day 3 – Pancha Ganapati Festival

Jai Ganesha! Members of the Shree Ghanapathy Temple in London are creating a wonderful series of daily videos this for this year's Pancha Ganapati. Here is the video for Day Three.

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