Today we celebrate the 92nd Guru Jayanti for Gurudeva Sivaya Subramuinyaswami.
It’s fun to be humans together, living lives, being all kinds of people. But really, we’re a willful band of colorful, adventure-loving souls. We’re renegades, we’re great leaders, we’re inspirers of change. We’re family, we’re rivals, we are momentary acquaintances of profound meaning. We’ve shaped communities and nations, groups and individuals, but mostly we’ve shaped each other. We’ve been alone unto ourselves in far off mountain places and breathed the freedom of those airy spaces. We’ve lived simple lives, enjoying the comfort of small endeavors and close loved ones, and we’ve lived lives stripped of all ease, fighting for a purpose we believed. So here we are again, doing it once more, laughing and fumbling to settle the score, readying ourselves to leave through that final, crystal-light door.
Several days ago Sannyasin Yoginathaswami and Natyam Dayanatha flew to Arizona for a week-long seminar all about hydroponic crop productions, with an emphasis on tomato growing. The two touched down in Tucson after a pleasant flight and soon found that the weather in Tucson in January is very different from Kauai. Thankfully they were prepared for the freezing conditions. Their classes began with an immense amount of expert knowledge from the University about tomato growing, giving many insights into what we can do better in our own green houses. It's just the beginning, but this has already proven to be a wonderfully successful and useful trip. Aum Namah Sivaya.
Of the varied groups of monks in the Aadheenam, the Ganapati Kulam is responsible for publications, particularly making our books and producing Hinduism Today Magazine. We took a quick tour through their office with a camera to catch them at their seva.
Almost every year Vamadeva Shastri and Shambhavi Devi bring a group up to the monastery to visit. Comprised of both Hawaiian residents and guests from Europe and India, the group is on the Island for a retreat to learn about ayurveda, jyotish and vedanta. They began with a visit to Kadavul Temple and then spent some time in the Media Studio talking with Paramacharya Sadasivanathaswami. After that they braved the potential rainfall and took a walk with Yogi Jayanatha and Kulapati Ramesh out to Iraivan Temple and back.
On the final day of Pancha Ganapati, while Satguru was out of his office, a small team of monks descended upon the room and replaced his old, decaying desk with a new one. This new desk can be raised with a push of a button, which is useful if Satguru wants to work while standing, but is also important for adjusting the height of his computer and camera during video conferences with devotees. Aum Namah Sivaya
With so many visitors arriving at the aadheenam during the holiday season, there couldn't be a better time for the arrival of our new information billboards which will now greet all of our guests at our Banyan Mandapam. For many that arrive, the information offered in this mandapam is a large part of their visit, and now that experience will be greatly improve. The signs give an introduction to the monastery, as well as offering insights into Hinduism Today magazine and our Saivite philosophy.
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What Is the Value of Spiritual Friends?
Friends who are fine, positive and good Hindus will help you most of all. It's important for parents of teenagers to know their teenager's friends. Our strength comes from mixing and interacting with others who are practicing sadhana. "The group helps the individual and the individual helps the group."
Path to Siva, Lesson 58
How Do We Practice Karma Yoga
Pray to Lord Ganesha before beginning work. Turn everything you do into selfless service, seva, karma yoga. Work becomes worship. Hold the perspective of Sivanadiyar that you are the devoted servant of God Siva. "Do everything you do as Sivathondu. Give up this 'I' and mine."
Path to Siva, Lesson 59
What Is the Purpose of the Temple?
"As you approach God's home, you can feel the spiritual energy, and as you go inside you are engulfed in peace." Trust in and open up to the deity. God is a very subtle presence. The temple and the murti within it are set up so that anyone can feel God's presence once they have enough devotion. Go to the temple and through the sanctified murti see God. Kumbabishekam purifies the temple, infuses divine energy into the murti. The deity, during puja, resides in the murti. Continuous daily worship perpetuates and over the years strengthens the power of the temple.
Path to Siva, Lesson 60
How Do We Visit the Temple?
Be close to God by going to the temple. By shifting our minds to our religion the flow of positive karma is intensified. Being open and receptive receive the blessings of the deity. Bask in the divine energy radiating out from the murti. Creating a strong tie to the temple, perform a sacred act when you return home. Light a lamp in your home shrine; bring the vibration and summon the devas from the temple.
Path to Siva, Lesson 61
This morning the monks began their new phase with a pada puja to Gurudeva Sivaya Subramuniyaswami during the Chitra nakshatra. Natyam Dayanatha and Yogi Adinatha performed the abhishekam.
Our December 2018 news video covers events in November 2018, including: the observance of this year's celebrations of Gurudeva Sivaya Subramuniayaswami's Mahasamadhi; the birth of our new jersey cow; and recent progress on Iraivan Temple including the placement of the bronze avudaiyar.
Aum Namah Sivaya!
Last week on December 22, the aadheenam celebrated Ardra Darshanam with a full and festive abhishekam to Lord Nataraja in Kadavul Temple. The day began with a homa and concluded with a midday final arati following the abhishekam. Falling on the full moon this year, this was a powerful day full of powerful blessings. All in alignment were the center of our galaxy, the sun, the earth, the moon and Ardra, Siva's dancing star. Though we can't film Lord Nataraja to show you the event, here is a look into the many other preparations that took place.
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