The long awaited book with 73 songs by Siva Yogaswami is now available at our minimela store.
Click here to buy your copies today! It was just recently printed in Malaysia and is available there in Malaysia itself, copies are also being shipped to Mauritius and will be available at the Spiritual Park Minimela shop soon.
The back cover says:
“The profound tradition of Saivism migrated to Sri Lanka centuries ago. It was transmitted in recent times through a lineage of siddhars of the highest order. The late 19th and early 20th century master, Siva Yogaswami of Colombuthurai, left a rich heritage of songs known as Natchintanai (“Good Thoughts”) that contain the essence of Siva worship and Saiva philosophy. This selection of 73 of those songs is meant to serve as an introduction and learning tool for those who would integrate this veritable fountain of divine wisdom into their hearts and lives.”
Below is a sample page showing the Tamil script, transliteration and literal translation.
Sivakatirswami put this book together after several years of work in “off hours.” He wants to thank especially, Professor Manickavel in Chidambaram, Sheela Venkatakrishnan in Chennai, Rishi Thondunathan in Florida for their dedicated collaboration. Every line was painstakingly crafted and edited. That is not to say there may not be a few errors and if you find any please email swami with your notes at email@example.com.
This is part of an on-going project to preserve and promote the songs of Siva Yogaswami. In conjunction with the book we also have a launched a web site with recordings of most of these 72 songs. Go to http://www.himalayanacademy.com/natchintanai/
For the recordings we also have to send a special Mikka Nandri to Mrs. Meena Thavaratnam in Toronto who did a recording of each song in this book for the web. Below you can listen to her sing one of the songs in simple easy to follow Tamil.
"Temples with multiple deities can be confusing, especially for today's Hindu youth. For clarity, we need to bring forward a more precise understanding of the different Hindu denominations and how the different Gods are viewed from within each denomination. For spiritual advancement it is best to focus on one deity and get to the vibration that deity. When we hear teachings from various Hindus, it is important to understand and identify which denomination they are speaking from. This will avert confusion when that teaching gets contradicted in a different context where someone is talking about the same subject but from a different philosophical background."
Bodhinatha reviews the main characteristic of Saivite philosophy and practice with an indepth focus on the four stages of religions evolution, chariya, kriya, yoga and jnana. He highlights how this shows that Saiva Siddhanta is unique and quite from the modern practice of Hinduism as Vedanta