On the 17th morning we went to Sri Kaligambal Temple in the northern part of Chennai. The heriditary priest for this temple is the family of late Sivasri Sambamurthy Sivachariyar. Now the pujas are done by his sons. We were hosted by his youngest son Sivasri Shanmuga Sivachariyar. Many of us may remember Sambamurthy Sivachariyar did a very powerful puja for Iraivan temple’s first stone laying ceremony.
Here Bodhinatha was greeted and welcomed traditionally with Purna Kumba accompanied with chanting and Nadaswara and Tavil at the entrance of the temple.
Prior to our arrival a homa was conducted in the temple and they timed it in a such way that Siva homa at its high point during our arrival at 6.20 am. Then we were taken to all the shrines of the temple. Then to the Siva Linga where abhishekam was performed with the kumbha water that was blessed during the homa.
Here Sivasri Shanmuga Sivachariyar (right) giving the blessed prasada try to Bodhinatha after the completion of the puja.
The day before at the Saiva Agama conference the elders of the Adi Saiva Sivachariyar community conferred Bodhinatha the honorific title of Agamoddharaka Acharya Ratna title. Today a properly framed version of title was ceremoniously presented to Bodhinatha.
A picture of the of the certificate. It is signed by two prominent and senior Sivachariya priest and two prominent and senior Sivachariya scholars.
Anbe Sivamayam Satyame Parasivam
Gurudeva & the Kailasa Paramparai value & respect the Sivachariyars & Agamas.They in return respect & believe this Paramparai can uphold these traditions & those who perform what is said in the Agamas.
Jai to Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami!
Jai to the Sivacharyars! Lord Siva saves the Agamas through these lovely souls, for the benefit of the seekers & all.
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.