Dr. Pallav Kolli and his wife Garani Nataraja from California. Garani is the daughter of Ravi Nadaraja.
We have known Garani since she was a little baby in her father’s arms when Gurudeva visited his home in the early years (1980’s) after Ravi first came to America from Sri Lanka. Ravi did a brief pada puja to Gurudeva at the door of his humble home and his wife Gowri served dinner to Gurudeva and Sivakatirswami. During the meal, Garani was crawling contentedly all over father’s shoulders and back. Ravi paid no attention and kept up the conversation as if his daughter were just part of him. Swami remembers thinking “How patient this father is!”
Ravi and Gowri subsequently built very successful careers and family. Their daughters grew up and are now on their own. Now Garani is touching base with the Parampara.
Gowri and her husband Pallav are both doctors just starting their careers.
Arumugaswami shared with them some of our publishing initiatives.
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.