Today we celebrated Gurudeva’s vision of Siva on San Marga by conductig our early morning arati on San Marga. Here is the Swayambhu Lingam.
By the end of the meditation the sun had risen over the east. The stone you see here on the right was the one that Lord Siva sat on in Gurudeva’s vision.
Rohini is here from Montreal, Canada, with her husband Jean-Marie (center) and they are enjoying making friends and speaking French with our Kauai French chef and new Master Course student….(on the right). And guess what: His name is also Jean-Marie.
Yogi Jothinatha also speaks French.
Bonjour, Jean-Marie meet Jean-Marie!
From the French Lexicon:
Siva: Sanskrit: Celui qui est de bon augure. Siva existe partout et en toute chose. Tout ce qui existe n’est autre que lui-même, l’Unique et sans second, Etre suprême et Réalité absolue. Il est à la fois immanent (dans la forme) et transcendant (au-delà de la forme). Voir: Mahesvara, Parasivam, Satchidananda, Siva-Sakti.
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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.