A View of Santhigiri Ashram

A View of Santhigiri Ashram
Lotus Parnasala and Sahakarana Mandiram , Santhigiri Ashram, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

An Eyewitness Account of Avastha Poortheekaranam Celebrations

Gurucharanam saranam

Avastha Poortheekaranam and Kumbha Mela Celebrations
(Mukundan P.R.)

(My experience when the procession of vehicles carrying Kumbams reached at Pothencode Junction to a tumultuous welcome and the subsequent meeting at the Rock Quarry where Sishya Poojita Janani delivered a message to the assembled devotees. The following day thousands of people participated in the Kumbhamela procession).

The rising tide of enlightenment,
Conquers the borderless skies!
The populace watches in stunned silence,
As the Light of Guru advanced,
With chariots decked,
Hundreds in accompaniment,
With holy ‘kumbham’, from far off places;
In the bosom of civilization rises wisdom!

Sishya Poojita, Her words thunder,
With Faith, Love and Wisdom,
The rock-quarry trembles, where thousands assembled,
The devotees are bestirred, their hearts now in high tides;
The clarion call of India, of Dharma,
The victory of truth seekers,
The sages;
The blossoming of social good,
The tender rays of the Brahmic Will,
Its rise;
It is Avastha Poortheekaranam,
The ‘self’ sacrifice of the disciples,
In the altar of Guru!

It is the adoration of Brahman;
The victory cry of Sanatana Dharma!
The journey of thousands with light,
Carrying kumbhams,
The pots,
The prayer filled journey of devotion,
Of enlightenment,
That erases the defilements of Jeeva,
And its many debacles.

It is prostrations at Guru’s feet,
Not a procession;
Prostrations wearing white,
And the yellow thread of sacredness.
It is not a sacred go,
But holy kneeling at Guru’s abode,
The surrender with firm vows!


It is the chanting of mantra,
Not murmuring of prayers,
Chanting that soothes,
Even the pangs of deaths and births,
It is the mantra of avastha poortheekaranam;
The revealed word,
Of spiritual completions,
Of Guru-disciple protection,
The mantra to Brahmic Bliss!


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