“We are THAT: We do not become THAT. Under no circumstance, and from no one should we beg. Guru and disciple are not separate entities. All are THAT. Man must endure suffering. It is the invigorating tonic. Smile at yourself when sorrow befalls you. Joy and sorrow affect only the body.”
“Control thy mind step by step. Direct thy thoughts to God and learn to concentrate on Him Free thyself from the bonds of desire and hatred for any object. Discern with equanimity praise and blame. In matters of spirituality, do not associate with those who have no devotion. Speak the truth boldly in the company of persons. Let not the sway of authority deviate you from acting according to your conscience. Better than the knowledge gained from books, is the wisdom born of noble men’s association.
Justice, Discrimination, Courage and Truth are the Soul’s jewels. Obedience to fear is the mark of the cowards. Obeisance to Love is the hall-mark of the strong. Whatever belongs to you should be shared with Him.
By pointing at evil, one cannot purge evil; by means of goodness, integrity, and love can evil be overcome. A man who has no patience cannot be a man of justice.
“That I am; that I abide in every being,” are truths which most people cannot easily comprehend.
A song came right into my head with that beautiful picture of Satguru Bodhinatha….It goes something like, “Santam upa santam, sarvam brahma mayam, santam, upa santam……[words spelled wrong here] Anyway, love, joy and sweet love again, when the masters are seen and heard. Songs of Yogaswami and the soft smile of Bodhinatha. Happy Friday!
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.