Summer is here and the sun is already up as we approach the temple for our Sun One homa. Nandi sits absolutely still, majestic, with 100% unwavering focus on Lord Nataraja.
Inside the homa begins.
Gurudeva had a close relationship with Lord Hanuman who is mystically connected with the Iraivan temple. Hanuman always joins us for the homa.
Paramacharya Sadasivanathaswami presides in Bodhinatha’s absence.
Many prayers are burned.
Lord Agni, the Divine Messenger is the portal between worlds.
Yesterday was our monthly “Iraivan Day.” Each Iraivan day a team of monks gathers to put the newsletter into envelopes for contributors all over the world. Today the mailing is blessed at the homa. This was Gurudeva’s guidance for the monks to put their own prana into each mailing and then get blessings in the temple so that the mail would carry carrying the shakti to lands far and wide.
Paramacharya Sadasivanathaswami told everyone about further developments for the future of the Iraivan temple perimeter wall and then gave a wonderful talk on what it means to take a spiritual gift from the Guru-- his words of truth-- and to actually integrate these into our beings as ourselves and not simply to nod and respond intellectually, saying “Oh how nice and how profound.”
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.