There is some major
work now under way on top of Iraivan. How do you make a stone
roof that is basically flat water proof? Let’s take a walk up
and find out….
On the way up we get
some close view of the intricate carving on the stone lattice
Following the guidance
of some master builders who have done similar roofs there will
be layers of concrete and foam placed over the roof stones.
Sections are being formed up to later serve as railings that the silpis
can use to screed (make level and smooth) the top of the
A previous filler of plain red brick is being removed.
This is a lot of
The first sections
along the edge are being poured.
Iraivan in the late
afternoon looks beautiful as the sun shine from the west just
before it slips below the mountains.
Stay tuned to TAKA
because the last, huge pieces of the Rajagopuram which you see
below will be raised up in a few days. It will be an historic
Our time lapse side
view of the temple from under the rudraksha trees.
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.