Yogi Jothinatha welcomes visitors from Montreal. Long-time sishya, Rogini Shummoogum (right) brought her husband, Jean-Marie Dionne (next to her), and two other couples to visit our island and monastery. Left to right are Ginette Villeneuve, Andre Legris, Jean Dulude and France Champagne. All are deeply involved in yoga and meditation back home, as students and teachers. Jean-Marie also teaches meditation to school children and once a month takes them to visit local Hindu temples where he explains the ins and outs of Hindu worship. He and Rogini say the children are most receptive and generally all fall in love with Ganesha. The guests attended our 9 am major puja of the day and, Jean said, “We came here to see Heaven, and this morning we found Heaven within Heaven.” They felt transformed by their visit and promised to come again.
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.