Today we share this lovely snapshot from the home shrine of Nandikesh Chandrashekharan, a Master Course student on the US West coast well on his way to becoming a formal sishya. Congratulations on keeping a clean, actinic shrine Nandikesh.
Our Lord Ganesha is well known for being the master of all siddhis, Varasiddhi Vinayagar, possessing the ability to manage the uncountable, intricate karmas of every single being that has existed, presently exists and will exist in the future. Mushika displays Lord Ganesha’s prowess in performing this function. Lord Ganesha is so massive and stabilizing, having the form of earth’s largest land animal the elephant, gently guiding devotees on the path with His goad steering them either towards or away from any number of thoughts, experiences, and behaviors. Yet, all the while, Mushika is earth’s smallest mammal, the shrew. Ganesha’s Mushika allows Him to enter every minuscule crevasse, nook, and cranny in the minds of devotees, clearing out the cobwebs of unsavory karmas and leaving behind a new mind, a new person. All you have to do is approach Him with love and sincerity in your heart, and He will work his magical siddhis on you. Aum Sri Siddhidayakaya Namah!
Vanakkam, dear Nandikesh
Humble prostrations to Maha Vighna Vinayaka and our beloved Gurudeva.
Lovely Ganesha shrine. Thank you for sharing.
By the way, i’m curios about the Hanuman Bell in your lovely shrine. That’s a very rare kind of bell and we had the similar looking one in our Kadavul Temple.
Sivaram Eswaran email@example.com
Good eyes! That is in fact the bell from the temple. It had a crack in it and it was en route to a bronze foundry for repair. I was fortunate enough to help in this project and while I was setting the agreement up I used the time to keep the bell near Lord Ganesa in order to charge my altar. Jai Ganesa for allowing me to be so close to this bell! The bell section has since been re-cast with some of the original metal and is now back at Kadavul Temple for some fine tuning.
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.