Sri Lanka is in the air today. Our HPI editors received this note from Vellore, India:
VELLORE: Matt MacCalla, International Programme Officer, Direct Relief International (DRI), Santa Barbara, California, the U.S., will provide medicines and equipment worth Rs.50 crore (US$2.5 million) for the rehabilitation of Sri Lankan Tamils affected by the war.
According to Sri Sakthi Amma, head of Sri Narayani Peedam, Thirumalaikkodi, Mr.MacCalla had acceded to his request to make the gift.
The agency would donate medicines, life-saving drugs and medical equipment.
Sakthi Amma said that he had sought permission from Sri Lankan government to visit the island nation and directly distribute medicines to the affected Tamils.
Then a box arrived with this foil sticker, which the monks designed a few weeks back. It is the monastery's gift to the Sivathondan Nilayam on KKS Road in Jaffna. They needed it for putting on vibuthi bags which they give to all visitors, and they had admired the Kadavul vibuthi bags.
There are 5,000 of them on long rolls.
The foil stickers will be hand-carried in August to Sri Lanka and given ceremonially to the institution which Yogaswami himself founded.
During my visit to India in August 2008,I attended a long puja conducted by Sri Sakthi Amma, head of Sri Narayani Peedam, Thirumalaikkodi, Vellore. I also had a long discussion with his office about my deep troubled feelings about my fellow Tamil compatriots in Sri Lanka. I am very delighted that such a divine being will personally visit Sri Lanka and see to it that the medical supplies and aid will go to the intended individuals, namely, the Sri Lankan Tamils. I am equally delighted that the Sivathondan Nilayam on KKS Road, Jaffna, will receive the foil stickers and the plastic sacks to distribute vibuthi pradasam to devotees–donated by your Monastery. Having walked down KKS road from age 9 – 18, I feel somewhat homesick–but certainly feel optimistic that lasting peace will come to the island of Sri Lanka. Thank you all!
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.