A new phase begins with its infinite possibilities. We have six days of service for Siva ahead, diligently working with our kulams in many tasks.
In a few days Bodhinatha and Arumugaswami will travel to South India.
A homa connected our work with our inner team, the Devas. Gurudeva taught us to work really closely with God, the Gods and the Devas, and the homas help us keep the channels open. We also inform them of our needs and plans through prayers offered to the fire.
The ritual is so ancient in its form, as is the Sri Rudram chant that the monks intone.
Sadhaka Rajanatha has been taking classes on Sri Rudram chanting and now joins the group.
Bodhinatha offers all prayers. Many things come to be burned, as the Devas instructed: personal letters, vows, contracts and requests. Anything that is needed to keep the Devas informed.
Agni, the messenger, diligently carries them.
Today Maruthu Dharmalingam took his Bramacharya Vrata, vowing to live a pure and celibate life.
Bodhinatha ties the sacred cord around his waist.
Lord Hanuman sits really close to the fire. We invoke Him to help build Iraivan.
Bodhinatha offers grains as we chant “Aum Ham Haum Sivaya Svaha,” near the high point of the puja.
After all are hooked up to inner vibrations, our Satguru gives a talk on a mystical subject. Today Bodhinatha explained intriguing things about the human aura.
We will post it soon.
Later in the day, the Aadheenam was filled with guests. That seems to be the norm these days. One of them was Shivani, this bright young girl. She was happy to recite the Gayatri Mantra by heart, without a single mistake.
aum tat savitur vareyam
bhargo devasya dhimahi
dhiyo yo na prachodayat
Swami Vivekananda freely translated it thus:
“Aum. We meditate on the glory of that Being who has produced this universe; may He enlighten our minds.”
Her parents said she had a strong wish to meet a Swami and would not leave before meeting one. Well, we have a wish-fulfilling crystal here, and there she is with Paramacharya Palaniswami!
Within our Saiva Siddhanta Holy Scriptures the Saiva Agamas explain the basis of temple ceremonies and worship plus yoga and jnana. The Tirukural was considered by Gurudeva to be "the most accessible and relevant sacred text." In it are practical and helpful guidelines for our conduct in every day life. The point of family life is to gain steady improvement, forever, in self control in the midst of responsibilities in the fulfillment of family dharma. Meanwhile, not taking detachment too far but taking it in the sense of spiritually looking for happiness, not outside in other people or possessions, the world, but inside ourselves and then sharing it with family and friends. "We regard the writings of our satgurus as scripture."
Path to Siva, Lesson 20
Tirukural, Introduction and Contents
Tirukural, Chapter 15 Possession of Self-Control
"The temple enables us to feel the presence of God, Gods and devas." We use our inner eyes to see what's going on in the temple, the three worlds. In the temple we're being good dvaitists in the dimfi perspective, focused in bhakti upon God Siva. In meditation we're monists, in the shumif perspective. We claim our oneness with Siva, Sivoham, I am Siva. In surrender, shrinking the ego through devotion, we have a realization that we're not the doer, that Siva is doing it all. Siva's energy comes through our soul.