The Ganapati Kulam is hard at work finishing up The Guru Chronicles, The Making of America’s First Hindu Master,a momentous 850-page tome, more than three decades in the making, compiling the stories of the Nandinatha Sampradaya’s Kailasa Parampara. The back cover will display the photo at left and the following paragraph:
Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927-2001) sailed for Sri Lanka in 1947 to find his guru. After years of arduous training, he fell at the feet of the Tamil master, Siva Yogaswami. Following his guru’s orders, the illumined yogi returned to America to teach the path of enlightenment. Ultimately, he was recognized and befriended by India’s spiritual leaders as the first Hindu guru born in the West. Gurudeva, as he was affectionately known, founded the Saiva Siddhanta Yoga Order and established Kauai’s Hindu Monastery in Hawaii. Hinduism’s many guru lineages are the spiritual rivers that pass the power on through the ages. The lineage that he joined extends to his guru’s guru, Chellappaswami, and before him to Kadaitswami, then a nameless rishi and countless others, back to Rishi Tirumular and his guru, Maharishi Nandinatha, some 2,200 years ago in the high Himalayas.
Gurudeva as the interface between the East and the West. Imagine. Pure and direct information is what people are either craving or avoiding. His loving tone and his fierce adherence to the teachings should come as quite a revelation to many. Aum Namasivaya. Jai Ganesa. How fortunate we are to be alive in this age to hear and read these words.
Focus on being a soul, not the body, mind and emotions. When we think of ourselves as a soul we're able to move forward and get closer and closer to Siva. That's the whole idea of Saiva Siddhanta. A negative self-concept is an obstacle. We can change our self-concept through applying Gurudeva's teachings, affirming every day that we are a divine being. Vasana daha tantra: Going back and understanding experiences; clearing up the reactions to the past.