A beautiful morning with sunshine and light cloud cover. Several Hindu families were present for the morning puja in Kadavul Temple where they received the powerful darshan and blessings of Siva Nataraja.
(Far left) is M. Chellappah and his wife from Kent, U.K. As a boy he grew up in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, and Chellappah remembers being taken by his father on several occasions to visit Saint Yogaswami. Also visiting today from Sunnyvale, CA are Sachin and Madhavi Sankolkar with their two young children, little Sanjana aged four, and three-month old Akshaye (taking a nap). With them, visiting from India, are the children’s grandparents Madan B. and Vijaya M. Satpute from Aurangabad, Maharashtra. All of our guests had heard about the temple from friends and relatives who had previously visited the Aadheenam.
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.