Guests pose in front of Dakshinamurthy which is in direct line with the sanctum of the Iraivan Temple.
Our visitors from California were in awe as they toured the very beautiful and sacred Iraivan Temple. It is the only temple of its kind in the Western hemisphere, all hand-carved from white granite, and manifesting completely and in every detail according to the Vasthu Shastras.
The East Gopuram Lion Pillars where visitors love to roll the granite ball around in the lion’s mouth.
The sacred rudraksha trees are now in full bloom with beautiful delicate white flowers that are loved by the bees who are producing marvelous rudraksha flower honey which the monks are harvesting from their bee colonies.
Trustees of the Shiva Vishnu Temple in Washington, DC, Dr. Chaitanya Ravi and his wife Dr. Rajani Ravi are here visiting for the first time. Both remarked about the peace and serenity and absolute beauty of the Aadheenam temples and grounds, and found it “difficult to leave such a rare and truly beautiful place.”
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.