The Ekadanta Kulam of one, Saravananathaswami gave his report. After a year’s break from member and student communications he is back on the job. He’s moved his office and picked up the threads of continuity from Sivakatirswami who had been communicating with students and member in his stead for a year.
The Pillaiyar Kulam also gave news of their activities. Shanmuganathaswami has been away for a month and is now back working hard on Hinduism Today subscriptions and preparing for the next trip to California. Muruganathaswami reports that there has been a rise of sales of the complete trilogy on our internet minimela site. Some people as far away as Finland have ordered all three books.
jai Ganesa!We are always so well taken care of to have the right teachers and helpers every step of the way. My study of the Master Course continues to help me improve in all aspects of life.Jai Grudeva! Jai Satguru Bodhinatha! and heartfelt thanks to Saravanathaswamiji and Sivakatirswamiji. May we truly be worthy of the work you do on our behalf. Aum Shanti
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.