Rudiren, 31, originally from Mauritius, is now a young professor at the century-old famed University of Kwazulu-Natal in Durban South Africa, which bills itself as “the Premier University of African Scholarship.”
Rudiren met with Bodhinatha today. He met Gurudeva years ago in Mauritius as a young teenager and has been close to our Church members there for many years. He started the Course several years ago and, having completed Level Three, will become an Arul Sishya in a few days.
He and Bodhinatha talked about Saivism in South Africa and the interesting way it developed there in the Tamil community over the decades. Rudiren attends a traditional small Siva temple, near the university whose priest is from Sri Lanka and has been serving there for 20 years.
Durban is a beautiful upscale seaside port city (think of San Francisco in Africa) with a population of 3.5 million. Twenty-five percent are Indian and of them 60% are of Tamil background. The city is known for its Indianized with the largest Asian population in South Africa, with many bazaars, shops, restaurants and temples.
Durban is South Africa’s largest Port City, with spectacular beaches and a big tourism industry of people who come for vacation on the beautiful African coast.
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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.