“It was all finished long ago,” Paramaguru Yogaswami used to say. In the inner dimensions, time flows differently. When the devas wrote the Saivite Sastras to guide the development of our budding monastery, they used an ingenious method. From 1973, they looked into the future, saw what our organization had the potential to look like in 1994, and wrote from the perspective of looking back from the future into the past. When Siva looks at a tree, he sees at once its original seed; its present state; the end of its life and all its descendants.
We decided to play a little with that concept as we tested a new photoshop plugin.
Around year 3011, these photos were found at an excavation near the ancient Iraivan temple on Kauai. Archeologists believe this is the Saiva Siddhanta monastic order from around the time of Iraivan Temple’s construction.
In the first few centuries after these photos were taken, the rate of change was vertiginous for humankind. As the rays of the Sat Siva Yuga charged the nervous system of the planet, the old collapsed and the new was established. Humans once more began to live in the higher chakras, using intuition as a faster and more reliable tool than memory or reason. The deepest mystical truths of Saivism began to be tested and found true by newly awakened souls all over the world. The inner portals that Iraivan Temple opened played a large part in the transition of yugas, its maha spathikalingam acting as a channel for massive amounts of Siva’s diamont-dust darshan to manifest, uplifting humankind, devas and nature alike.
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.