Today was a most auspicious day. Another soul has advanced herself in the practice of Saiva Siddhanta. Puvaneswary Roberts received her Vishesha Diksha today and will take up the responsibility and practice of daily Siva puja. This is also a deepening of her commitment to the Kailasa Parampara and its mission. Here is the vow.
VISHESHA DIKSHA VOW
Prostrations to the holy feet of Lord Ganesha! Aum Sivâya! I pledge my loyalties to the Saiva Swâmî Sangam of Saiva Siddhânta Church, to the monistic Saiva Siddhânta theology of Rishi Tirumular and, most importantly, to the holy feet of my satguru in this life, Bodhinatha Veylanswami, as I enter the Srî Subramuniya Rishi Gotra. In doing so, I rededicate myself to the Sanâtana Dharma and now bind myself to the congregation of devotees of Saiva Siddhânta Church, those who uphold the Saiva Dharma--Dancing with Siva: Hinduism's Contemporary Catechism and the Creed for Saivite Hindus--and seek to remold the Saiva karma by doing penance for the entire Saivite world as it moves from an agricultural into a technological era and on into a new age of space. As I sit before Guru Mahâsannidhânam and the Saiva swâmîs and the gotra of devotees, I bow before the holy feet of Lord Natarâja, pledging my allegiance as a soldier of the within and a silent minister, emissary of duty to be well performed. I have enjoined my three bodies--soul, mental and physical--to propel new members into our fellowship and make them comfortable in our congregation. May Lord Ganesha bless me, may Lord Murugan bless me, may Lord Siva bless me. May Gurudeva bless me in this and from inner worlds as I join for all time as a Sivathondar the great congregation of Saiva Siddhânta Church and irrevocably blend my karma with its dharma. Anbe Sivamayam Satyame Parasivam."
Bodhinatha's Latest Upadeshas: "Not Getting Upset, Viewing Reaction from Higher Faculties" (September 14, 2014)
A measure of how serious we are in making spiritual progress is that we've learned the lesson from experience. Develop the ability to watch the mind think, understand the patterns of emotional action and reaction. Have the sense that you are a divine being to root out imperfections. Becoming upset is a temporary suspension of our higher faculties; transmute the energy into the third eye.
Master Course, Living with Siva, Lesson 149;
Master Course, Merging with Siva, Lesson 152;
Yogaswami, Words of our Master
"Eight Features of the Natha Sampradaya" (September 17, 2014)
We have to discover that part of us that is the Self. One of the important benefits of temple worship is it softens the ego. Recognize and love a Being greater than us, building humility. Go to Lord Murugan; His worship strengthens the kundalini. There's a power in learning through listening, shruti, that which is heard. Tradition, sadhana and tapas, informs, inspires, awakens potential.