Earlier in the morning Wailua Mission members and our pilgrims from Singapore gather with Sivakatirswami in the Guru peedam. Bhani sat in front of the throne of the Kailasa Parampara and recited the four vows of the Arul Sishya.
After reciting each one, Shakahara vrata (vegetarian vow, re-affirmed), Ahimsa Vrata (Vow of Nonviolence), Kailasa Parampara Vrata (Vow of Dedication to the Lineage) and the Dasama Bhaga Vrata (Vow to Give God’s Money, tithe 10% of one’s income), Bhani signs…
Our members all listen as he reads. It is always a great inspiration to hear these noble ideals again and to witness another dedicated soul move forward on the path.
Rema Devi, Bhani’s wife, smile as husband signs. She had already taken her vows a month ago in Singapore.
Kulapati Dohadeva signs acceptance of Bhani into his extended family, writing:
“Bhani has been and will be a strong Saivite to promote and preserve our strong lineage. We welcome him whole heartedly. Aum Sivaya
Kulamata Nagavathy signs
And our Wailua Mission members witness the event
Bhani and Rema Devi moving forward on the Saiva Neri!
Afterward Bhani placed his vow book on the pitham for Bodhinatha to sign later when they had darshan with him.
Altogether. Such a great satsang we have. It is Gurudeva’s great gift to us all.
Dohadeva, the other day, that being here on the occasion of their wedding anniversary, coming to Kauai, being here for Ardra Abhishekam, meeting with monks and
Bodhinatha, reminded him of the great song of Saint Sambandar, who, when asked by Lord Siva what boon he wanted at his wedding party, the young man replied that he prayed that he and the entire wedding party be merged into Lord Siva, and the wish was granted.
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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.