Sadhu Paksha continues at the Aadheenam. Bodhinatha, Acharya Arumugaswami and Sadhaka Nandinatha arrived home in excellent health having come safely through a myriad of events and experiences and many mission accomplishments, for the next few phases, TAKA will consist of photos and slideshows from the mission/pilgrimage. They may not all be in chronological order. We hope you enjoy our new wide format.
We have a few photos sent from Swamimalai. Bodhinatha’s visit to see the avudaiyar was staged as a major event.
Selvanathan Stapathi who designed the Avudaiyar and Kubera Stapathi who manifested it with his team of metal craftsmen hail this piece as something unique in the history of temple sculpture in recent times.
Bodhinatha speaks at the event. Seated is
Thiru Nellaiappan, our Liaison Officer in India, who continues to do a brilliant job facilitating all our work and events in Tamil Nadu. Thank you Nellaiappan!
Inspecting the avudaiyar with media present to document the event
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.