The Selvarajah family (originally from Sri Lanka) are visiting for a few days from Edmonton, Canada. Chidambaram sthapati and two silpis, Rajendran and Pandi, take a moment pause in their work to pose for a photo with our visitors. They are busy working on the East gopuram rail which connects the two lion pillars.
A beautiful view of Dakshinamurthy under the banyon tree from the North-facing gopuram. Dharmalingam and Mangai Selvarajah (on the right), sometimes hosted Gurudeva and the monks at his home in Edmonton during Gurudeva’s many visits to Edmonton starting in the 1970’s. Selvarajah was one of the founding members of the Ganesha temple in Edmonton and has been in touch with the Aadheenam for over three decades.
Dharmalingam also fondly remembers visiting the Aadheenam and helping to plant Rudraksha seeds here in the late 1970’s -- which are now full grown trees. Their son Mayooran and his wife Shankeetha, also from Edmonto, Canada, are here visiting for the first time.
Srinivas and Lakshmi Reddy with their two children, Manisha and Robit are from St. Louis, MO.
Lakshmi stated that she had seen photos of Bodhinatha and her guru, Swami Nityananda, together in Bangalore, India, and had heard about this temple from friends who had previously visited the Kauai Aadheenam, so she felt very blessed to be here.
A very auspicious moment when Paramacharya Palaniswami unexpectedly appeared and talked with both families and left everyone feeling even more blessed.
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.