After his sannyas initiation Siddhanathaswami began to let his hair grow. When it became long enough to tie into a kondu in the back it means it is time for his tonsure. Acharya Kumarnathaswami performs the deed.
Then comes the blessing from Bodhinatha.
4 Responses to “Sannyasin Siddhanathaswami Tonsured”
Our Saivite Shastras state that “Each member of the Saiva Siddhanta Yoga Order wears the very ancient and orthodox tonsure, the head being shaved daily on top and the long, uncut hair tied in the back in a knot or kondu.” This is an act of humility as well as an acknowledgment of the sahasrara charkra, within which all Sannyasins strive for permanent inner residency.
Only Acharyas, Paramacharyas and Satgurus of our order are allowed to wear hair on the top of the head.
In our teachings we're both monistic and theistic. In the beliefs of Saivism the idea of the three worlds is the basis and key to understanding temple worship, theism. The inner worlds are there to help you. The essence of the soul is already the same as the essence of God Siva, monism. You just have to find it.