We are into the month of Aippasi which is also known as Tula Maasam, as the Sun traverses in Tula Rasi in this month. Tula by its very definition signifies balance and the periods of day and night are equal (in India) during this month. Similarly there is also a balance with weather being moderate. Tula Snanam/sacred dip in river Cauvery during Aipassi is considered sacred as the belief is that Ganga River enters the Cauvery in this month to get rid of her accumulated sins through her devotees, cleanses and rejuvenates herself for the full month of Aippasi. The Cauvery water in Mayavaram in particular is said to be a place where purified Ganges is said to rest awhile and the Mayavaram holy snanam and darshanam at Mayuranathar temple is significant this month. Spiritual solace apart, river pilgrimage is considered curative by uplifting the mind and body and restoring stability.
Aippasi is also the month when the great Vaishnavite preceptors, Mudal AzhwArs: PoigaiAlwar, BoothAlwar, and PeiAlwar, were born in Kanchipuram, Mamallapuram and Thirumylai (Mylapore) respectively. They were not only contemporary AzhwArs, but also were born on three consecutive days in Aippasi month. Years later, in a chance / rather divine encounter, the three met in a small Thinnai (bench outside a house) in Thirukovilur while taking shelter from torrential rain. That meeting resulted in a spiritually charged moment along with great exchange of poetry — and the sacred Tamil work, Nalaayira Divyaprabhandam was born.
The two most important festivals this month are of course Deepavali and Skanda Shashti.
Deepavali signifies the removal of darkness both outside and within. This Deepavali may we all pray that the supreme light of lights enlighten our understanding and illuminate our lives with prosperity and peace.
Skanda shashti festival begins on the Prathamai following Deepavali and Maha Shashti is celebrated on the sixth day which is the Aippasi Shukla Shashti and is followed by Thirukkalyanam on the next day. Lord Murugan, the greatest of the warriors, vanquished the demons Tarakasura, Simhamukhan and Soorapadman, and restored peace and harmony in the world.
To emphasise the valour of Lord Murugan, Lord Krishna says in the Gita (Ch:10, v:24)
senAninAm aham skandah - amongst warrior chiefs I am Skanda.
Lord Murugan is the embodiment of power, wisdom, love, and bliss. He is also the indweller in all our hearts (Guhan) and bestows his benovolence on all who meditate upon him. This Skanda Shashti may we all meditate on the six syllables Saravana Bhava
As Saint Arunagirinatharr says in Thiruppugazh,
isai payil shadAksharam adhAlE - may we all meditate on the six syllables: sa-ra-va-na-bh-va, and pray
iha para saubAgyam aruLvAyE - that He grants us happiness both in the material (iha) and the spiritual world (para).
We wish all our patrons a festive Aippasi Masam, and a bright and prosperous Deepavali sparkling with joy!
Important days this month:
||1st and 15th Nov
SIS Deepavali 2021 Celebrations
We are delighted to invite you all to this year's Deepavali celebrations to be held on Saturday, Nov 6th from 5PM onwards at Canons High School, Shaldon Rd, Edgware, HA8 6AN.
We look forward to seeing you all in person and celebrating together!
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SIS November Satsang
In keeping with the continuing tradition of monthly Satsangs, November 2021 Satsang will be conducted online.
Date/Time: Sat, Nov 13th from 3:00 to 5:00 PM London
Zoom meeting details: Please join
by clicking this link: Nov 2021 Satsang
by using Zoom meeting id: 841 9340 8871 and passcode 1234
Satsang will include reciting
- Vishnu Sahasranaman and Mahalakshmi Ashtakam
- Lalitha Sahasranaman
- Hanuman Chalisa
- Short spiritual talk
Please attend with your family and importantly involve the next generation.
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