It’s a rainy Sun Six at Kauai Aadheenam. Lord Siva’s devas have been very diligent in watering the plants these days. We can hear and feel resounding thunder from here — how grandiose nature is!
It’s winter, which means quite warm and pleasant temperatures but lots of water falling from the sky.
Something our TAKA readers have not yet seen. These are Bodhinatha’s new silver tiruvadi, the sannyasin’s sandals.
This beautiful work is made in silver, in the traditional way of a Satguru’s tiruvadi.
Their silver cast is not made to display material wealth. Yogaswami, master to us all, lived in the most humble conditions and Gurudeva set up our order to live with very little.
But know that every metal has a vibration of its own, and our sacred scriptures tell us that silver and gold can actually be seen from the inner planes and attract devas.
That is why some Deities are covered in kavachams, sacred metal clothing, like this Ganesha in Swedesboro, New Jersey. We received this photo from Kumarswami Dikshitar.
From Lemurian Scrolls, Chapter 4.56:
56 ¶We had a gold substance that came from the ground, and silver, too. This gold and silver could be seen, even in the Third World, glowing. The people in the surrounding countryside would dig it out of the mountains, find it in their rivers and streams and bring it to us. Walking through the monastery and temple, one could see large piles of gold and silver here and there, and in the Third World, each monastery and temple could be easily distinguished because of the vast quantities of gold and silver it contained. It glowed there as a marker of the destination point so that Deities and devas would know where to come.
What a fascinating explanation for the gold and silver so often used for temple objects and deities. I also notice that copper seems to be used often and must have some special spiritual properties; I wonder what these properties are? I have always felt a special attraction to copper!
Thank you so much for teaching us these things; they add depth to our understanding and help to personalize the experience of reading the daily news.
"Temples with multiple deities can be confusing, especially for today's Hindu youth. For clarity, we need to bring forward a more precise understanding of the different Hindu denominations and how the different Gods are viewed from within each denomination. For spiritual advancement it is best to focus on one deity and get to the vibration that deity. When we hear teachings from various Hindus, it is important to understand and identify which denomination they are speaking from. This will avert confusion when that teaching gets contradicted in a different context where someone is talking about the same subject but from a different philosophical background."
Bodhinatha reviews the main characteristic of Saivite philosophy and practice with an indepth focus on the four stages of religions evolution, chariya, kriya, yoga and jnana. He highlights how this shows that Saiva Siddhanta is unique and quite from the modern practice of Hinduism as Vedanta