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.
Bodhinatha continues with his weekly series of commentaries on The Path to Siva. In this past Sun One talk, he elucidates the four key beliefs in Hinduism, the three pillars of Sanatana Dharma and Gurudeva's three stages of faith. Primary to Hinduism is the key belief that God is within each of us. To have a well-rounded understanding and experience of Hinduism, to make spiritual progress, adhyatma vikasha, we need scripture, humility, temple worship, devotion. To fully experience God we need the guru to give the spark for meditation and deeper wisdom.