For those following the girls’ orphanage in Sri Lanka, some news today.
The Yogaswami Girls’ Home kitchen was inaugurated during September. Here milk is prepared in a clay pot to be boiled on the small fire.
The new kitchen is spacious and well-appointed. The girls all gather for the ceremony.
Rishi Thondunatha chats with them afterwards.
All gather at the entrance, with Amma in the center, visiting from Kopay where she runs the kotam spreading Gurudeva’s teachings. Thanks to everyone who made this gift to the children of Sri Lanka possible.
8 Responses to “Yogaswami Girls' Home – Sittandy, Sri Lanka”
Jai Siva! Jai Muruga! Jai Ganesha! Yogaswami shining light on the Eldest Amma in the middle! Rainbow Ribbons above Rishi Thondunatha, all the hard work done in peace and the joy of the girls, future mothers and teachers of peace! Jai, Jai Jai! We are so happy that you have your new kitchen!
Thank you Jutikadevi Sivaraja but to be honest it wasn’t just my efforts alone that made this possible. It was the community at large who supported me and my dream to help the girls out and the only emotion i feel now is a passion to do more. And I believe the community is behind me on this too!
I visited the young ladies in 2005 with the Optima foundation. I’m so happy to see them doing well. I remember my visit there very fondly and I miss all the girls. I think of them every day. Love, peace and light from your friend Shell. x
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.