2013 Gurudeva Mahasamadhi Observances

Every year on the Chitra nakshatra in October-November, our Gurudeva, Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, the founder of Kauai's Hindu Monastery, is honored and remembered with special ceremony. The monks worked hard to make it a special one, acknowledging this twelfth annual event. Over a four-day period, two priests officiated several elaborate homas and pujas, for which a 16-foot square yagasala with a five-tiered pyramidal altar was built inside the Banyan Mandapam. One hundred devotees, including the monks and local devotees, gathered to celebrate Gurudeva's life and legacy. A namakarana samskara, membership vows and initiations into chanting the Aum Namah Sivaya mantra took place, and daily satsangs with Bodhinatha centered around understanding energies and meditation. Gurudeva's presence and continuing blessings were felt by all.


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Photo of  Gurudeva
It is by means of worship of and meditation on God that our self-created sufferings are softened and assuaged. God is the God of all--of the believers within all religions, and of the nonbelievers, too.
—Gurudeva