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Gurudeva Mahasamadhi 2011, Final Day

Vratas and Samskaras

The major festivals at Kauai Aadheenam are auspicious times for members to advance on their religious and spiritual path.

On October 25 morning, Vishesha Diksha was given to Ramesh and Saraswathy Sivanathan from Malaysia. This is the second of two dikshas that Saiva Siddhanta Church sishyas prepare to receive. This diksha marks formal entrance into the Sri Subramuniya Gotra and gives the blessing to perform daily personal Siva Atmartha Puja, either the long, medium or short version depending on time available.

After the vishesha diksha, four Arulsishyas took their next step of formal entrance into Saiva Siddhanta Church by taking vows to become Vratasishya.

Sun One, the 27th, brought the beginning of a new phase with an auspicious homa. This time our little ones the focus, Rahneya Aravindraj received both her Vidya Rambha (beginning education) and Karnaveda (ear-piercing). Then her brother Jagatheeshwar Aravindraj had his ears pierced. Bela Sundari ParamBela Sundari Param received her Karnaveda and finally Aran Om Malhotra.

It is hard to describe the combination of sanctity, joyous upliftment and happy fun spirit that all blossomed together during these samskaras. It reminded us of how wonderful are our Hindu traditions.

Photo of  Gurudeva
Among the most intimate, personal forms of communication is the written prayer to the devas or to God. Burned in Agni's sacred fire, it disintegrates in the physical world and quickly re-forms in the astral world.
—Gurudeva