Vanakkam: This is the last portion of our February/March India trip. Once we returned to the Aadheenam there are so many duties awaiting us that it took a few extra days (ok…a couple of weeks) to write the captions for the images.
Most of these images were taken by Mrs. Ponni Selvanathan--wife of Selvanathan Sthapati.
Yoginathaswami with His Holiness Thavathiru Balamurugan Adimai Swamigal. Swamigal had a vision of Lord Murugan in a small hill temple. He lost his speech and stayed on the since 1968. Check out the history your self here http://ratnagiri.org/
Swamigal is very fond of temple construction himself. One can probably can figure out what kind of discussion going on here.
Tiru Nellaiappan, Selvanathan Sthapati, Sadhaka Rajanatha and Yoginathaswami with Swamigal talking about the gold leafing of Iraivan Temple capstones. He is interested in the technology used.
Sivasri Shanmugam Sivachariyar of Vellore joined us. He came to Kauai in the early 80s and stayed in Kauai Aadheenam to teach the monks the Saiva Parartha puja at he behest of late Sivasri Sambamurthy Sivachariyar.
Very lively discussion is going on here.
This is the small ashram attached to temple that Swamigal built. He actually made this small village to active town with schools, medical centre and business are flourishing due to popularity of the temple.
Swamigal uses the slate to communicate to others. He is well versed in Tamil and English.
He is showing us photo albums of other temple that he was renovating.
Monks are checking out the temple renovation photos.
Swamigal founded this school right next to the temple. Free education here.
Here we are with Sivasri Shanmugam Sivachariyar of Vellore.
We were served with very delicious South Indian banana leave lunch!
We are in one of the classroom.
The school from the entrance.
We are sitting at the schools Biology lab.
It is pretty big school with nice facilities. Well maintained.
We are the Chemistry lab.
Monks are posing at Tiruvalluvar statue at the school.
There is a office for Swamigal in the school.
Below are few shots of the temple itself. This is one the temple that has a song sung by St. Arunagirinathar--the great Murugan Bhaktar.
H.H. Thavathiru Balamurugan Adimai Swamigal also run a free medical center. All the doctors and volunteers that come render their service for free. He welcomes all doctors to come and help whenever it is possible.
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.