Everyone is inspired to be seeing the locations in Sri Lanka where our Parampara lived. Sivayogapathy from Toronto sends us photos today of Yogaswami’s Samadhi in Columbuthurai. (Note: we are not exactly sure of the locations of the shrines shown in each photo….)
This is the shrine with Yogaswami’s Thiruvadi. His ashes are buried in the ground underneath the shrine.
This room contains his bed and wheelchair
Moving on to the Sivathondan Nilaiyam which Yogaswami founded as his center in Jaffna.
Cows are enjoying the shade here an live in peace.
Siva Siva! The shrine with Yogaswami’s Thiruvadi and the Samathi Temple bring instant spiritual connection with him and the lineage after him. What a beautiful shrine to such a great Swami – we are indeed very fortunate to be able to see it from our own home. Having read the following text a year ago and most recently again about him I feel a spiritual chill going thru my entire body! What an immense joy! My deep gratitude to the contributor from Toronto and the Hindu Monastery. Following is an excerpt from the Seychelles Temple website: 1910 Pada Yatra to Kataragama: “The pious host welcomed him home most lovingly, gave him a warm water bath, clothed him in a new verti and shawl, and fed him. After a day’s rest, Swami left for Jaffna by train, the fare being paid by the overseer. The kith and kin of Swami were overwhelmed with joy on seeing him alive for, after he went missing for six long months they had taken him for dead and even performed his last rites.”
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.