Gurudeva was wonderful with words, inventing them when they did not exist, playing with them when they did. He even created Shum, his own language. Continuing in that tradition, the monks have begun a FICTIONARY, which is a dictionary for words that should exist, but don't. Isn't this how all words came to be?
Today we share four of them, and invite you to send in more to be added to our official Fictionary here at the monastery.
Consensualocracy: Gurudeva's important word describing government by unanimous assent of all involved. "Government or management by intelligent cooperation based on a shared vision and adherence to dharma. Ahimsa, non-hurtfulness is the key note of this tribal family system of rule."
Word putty: Words added to text to fill gaps and fix awkward connections, used frequently to transition from one totally unrelated subject to another. Available in walnut, cherry and mahogany, AKA classical, traditional and radical. The editors import word putty in 5-gallon drums.
Stuposity Ignorance coupled with pomposity. They do so often appear together, don't they?
Timological This word is akin to "chronological" but relating to time in general. Having to do with the application of time, for instance using time as a strategy in a sport or the engineering of a schedule, event, etc. "Her approach to the family problem was so timological."
The Fictionary needs you. Send in your Fictional word or words today. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.