His Holiness Shivarathri Desikendra Mahaswamiji of JSS Suttur Math in Mysore, India, is visiting Hawaii for the first time. He is accompanied by Almatti Swamiji of their Maryland US center, and devotee Mr. Nanjundaswamy.
Swami is the latest in a 1000-year-old lineage of Vira Saiva Pontiffs.
We feel a kinship with him as we are all worshippers of Lord Siva.
Mahaswamiji has visited our Iraivan Temple worksheet in Bangalore. He said he visited when they were carving the large jalakam (window) stone.
Mahaswamiji heads an ancient math (monastery/ashram) of the Vira Shaiva faith. It does vast social service in Karnataka.
Lord Siva is the Supreme Being of the universe, not one of many gods. To Saivites Siva is the supreme being; to Vaishnavites Vishnu is the supreme being. The soul starts with experiencing the world. On one side the soul is pulled by veiling grace toward the world. On the inside the soul is pulled by revealing grace toward God. Resolving karma, maturing in the world, fulfilling dharma, we move toward imperturbability, realization, moksha.