His Holiness Sri Sri Jayendra Puri Mahaswamiji arrived last night with his entourage, including Brahmachari Venkatesh Chaitanya, Vaishnava priest, Chiranjeevi, Karnam Nagabhushanaiah Praveen Kumar Manjalagiri Sridhar and Mahaswamiji’s cook: Sathaiah Periyakaruppan
Mahaswamiji was last here in 2008.
Visiting the Shanmuga murthi under the banyan tree.
For those who may not know, His Holiness Sri Sri Jayendra Puri Mahaswamiji is the successor of Sri Sri Sri Sivaratna Puri Swami known as “Trichyswami”
Mahaswamiji is now the Kailas Ashrama Mahasamstan Pithadapati. Sri Kailas Ashrama is one of South India’s pre-eminent religious institutions.
The traditional pada puja at the temple.
Mahaswamiji is welcomed in the Guru Peetham and gives Bodhinatha some gifts.
Mahaswamiji always travels with the paduka of his Guru, Trichyswami, which he keeps with him.
Bodhinatha listens while Mahaswamiji relates the tales of his current world travels. He has also just published a large book, a copy of which will arrive soon at the Aadheenam.
Next we take our guests out to Iraivan and a visit to Muruga Hill. Mahaswamiji is much taken by the atmosphere and wants to go out to meditate everyday at Muruga Hill for the few days he is here.
We are happy to be able to give swami a serene environment surrounded by brother monks as a respite from his busy travel schedule.
Everyone has lunch together, including sweets brought by our guests.
Then in the afternoon Satguru Bodhinatha shared one of his Keynote presentations with Mahaswamiji and his group. The presentation is about the different Agama scriptures followed by the various Hindu sects.
Kailasa Ashram follows the Sri Vidya tradition and the Ishtadevata of their temple is Goddess Rajarajeswari.
Bodhinatha is hoping to collect knowledge from Mahaswamiji about Sakta Agamas and their prescriptions for worship.
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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.