Today is Sun Three and the Siddhidata Kulam gave news of their activities. Every day they spend 1.5 hours picking fruits and vegetables for all of us. They have really mastered the garden and recent sunny weather had helped a lot. Almost all the vegetables we eat now are grown right here at Kauai Aadheenam. We don’t even buy potatoes any more, substituting breadfruit, cooking bananas and other root vegetables. This self-sustainability and pure nourishment was one of Gurudeva’s big goals for the monks and the Siddhidata Kulam is to be congratulated for getting us there!
1.5 hours to pick fruits + gardening is real sport!! Congratulations to the Siddhidata Kulam! Self sustainability of a divine group is of great importance. This achievement is worthy of great applause and celebration! Aum.
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.