In the center of the area in front of the main sanctum we have the “Namaskaram Mandapam” , literally “The Prostration Hall”. In the center is the magnificent Namaskaram stone. It is a single piece of black granite stone surrounded by red flooring stone. It goes in the center of the four Tara pillars. It is oriented to the North and South direction. It is highly polished and carved ornately to look like a carpet.
This arrived in the recent shipment and was moved into the temple on the 21st, a few days ago.
Traditionally, all regular temple devotee prostrate to the deity at the Kodimaran, outside the temple between the flag pole and the main entrance.
This stone is a special place where the “acharya” or the Guru prostrates.
Acharya here also implies the priest — who is considered the fifth, living Lingam of the Siva temple.
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.