In celebration of the Tamil New Year, Logash and Asha Pandi, and baby Neel, flew over from their home on Oahu to attend the morning puja in Kadavul Temple and then visit the Iraivan Temple. After attending the “flag-raising” ceremony, they stopped briefly to shop in the Mini Mela where this photo was taken.
Visiting for the first time are Prabhu Palani, his wife Nirupama Vaidyanathan, and their two sons, Anirudh (11) and Vishrant (6) pose for a photo in front of the Iraivan Temple. Originally from Chennai, they now live in Fremont, CA. Prabhu and Nirupama found the beauty and peace here “unbelievable.”
This is Prithi Sperling who has been on pilgrimage here from Vallejo, California. He mother and father are devotees of the late Sant Keshavadas and she grew up in an “American Hindu” environment. She went to school with Shivani Rajan.
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Today is the last day of our phase.
This edition of TAKA will remain posted
over our coming two-day retreat,
until Navami Tithi, Sun One, Friday, April
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.