Our morning began in the temple today with an arati for Gurudeva. He was powerfully present. As one devotee said in the video below it is as if his presence is like a powerful perfume that fills the inner atmosphere.
Yesterday Paramacharya Palaniswami spoke about the continuity of the line of gurus. It was interesting to note Bodhinatha’s talk he gave on ways to serve others and then to read this translation of Yogaswami’s Natchintanai:
BEHOLD THE TEMPLE OF THYSELF
The body is a temple,
The mind is a votary,
And love is worship.
Know this and walk intently.
Thou lacketh nothing. So the Vedas declare.
The Lord, inseparable e’en for a second,
The crafty ones cannot see.
Thy inmost core, His sanctum,
And the life force is the Lamp.
Ponder till the truth dawns within.
The distinction of friend and foe
Eschew and repeat Siva-Siva,
And be immersed in joy.
So excellent is this goal
That it’s worth your constant pursuit.
Strive steadily and know thyself
And shed the dual consciousness by His Grace.
This life being evanescent,
Seek to serve thy fellow brethren.
This indeed is virtuous conduct.
By service meek will evil recede,
By service will super powers flow in,
Sickness shall flee and fearless you become.
Such beatific bliss inexpressible
In felicity sweet be thine.
To see the soul in all as Sivam
And do good is to seek His Feet.
Sorrow shall not touch them,
And joy everlasting be their reward.
Truly shall they attain the Lord of Thillai.
In steadfast faith do thou consecrate
Thy body, spirit and all thou art,
And in that instant shall thou be blessed
With the radiant feet of Nataraj.
This indeed is Truth
Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami ki jai!
Leaving the temple we have a perfectly clear day as the sun rises behind us and Mount Waialeale rises in the distance.
At 9:00 the pilgrims join Yoginathaswami for a tour of Iraivan Temple with detailed explanations of the various works in progress and new additions.
Bodhinatha continued his seminar this morning.
He is using a new technique of putting discussion points to the group, eliciting insights and questions. It makes for a dynamic session.
In the afternoon our traditional havan is held at the Svayambhu Lingam this year. The flame and Gurudeva’s tiruvadi are paraded from Kadavul to San Marga.
Going around Iraivan….
Arati to Dakshinamurti…
Then over to the Svayambhu Lingam.
All the devotees came forward to make offerings in the homa.
It was another day full of the sweet bliss of satsang with devotees and Gurudeva’s powerful inner blessings flowing like a river of love and joy through all our hearts and minds.
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.