Today the Siddhidata Kulam shared their news. The gardens continue to provide us with lots of fruit and the winter vegetable crops are starting to come in.
One of the big innovations for the kulam has been the installation and configuration of a professional software program for enterprise maintenance. Yoginathaswami has installed this on his own machine as a server and the rest of his team and all the monks can access the program. It is capable of tracking every machine, every vehicle, all our electrical systems and plumbing (sinks showers, bathrooms) in all the buildings. It is quite sophisticated and will be a huge boon for the team that takes care of our total physical infrastructure at Kauai Aadheenam/Iraivan temple.
For example, our fleet (only part of what the Siddhidata Kulam cares for:) one Guru Car (Prius), one Van, one pickup truck, four Kawasaki “mules”, John Deere tractor, Caterpillar skid steer — All these vehicles can be tracked and scheduled for maintenance over time with links to parts vendors and service contacts and accounting for expenses accrued to help analyze costs over time for any given asset. A big leap forward for the SK.
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.