Bodhinatha in Kerala – February 12 – The Yogeeswara Sabha


On February 12th morning, we drove into the countryside to visit a home for the elderly run by the Yogeeswara Sabha. They are one organization representing the Yogeeswara community of Kerala, perhaps 100,000 people who trace their ancestry back to Chola times and to Nandinatha, guru of Tirumular, author of Tirumantiram. There are, therefore, in same lineage as Kauai Aadheenam. Having come to know this, their elders have approached Bodhinatha for spiritual advice. It is, to them, something of a miracle that a guru sharing their lineage exists, as they have not had religious leadership in the community for some 200 years.

They have their own temples and brahmin families, and are mostly in agricultural and business. As many as 200 people showed up over the 3 hours Bodhinatha was there, despite the apparently remote location reached by road little wider than our car.

We will get better photos of this event from a professional photographer.


8 Responses to “Bodhinatha in Kerala – February 12 – The Yogeeswara Sabha”

  1. Jutikadevi Sivaraja says:

    nîîmf kaîf ânamsînamnîamnyam ûkanuhshûm

  2. Jutikadevi Sivaraja says:

    Todays lesson:

    Sloka 153 from Dancing with Siva
    Who Were the Early Kailasa Preceptors?
    Among its ancient gurus, the Kailasa Parampara honors the illustrious Rishi Tirumular and his generations of successors. In recent history we especially revere the silent siddha called “Rishi from the Himalayas.” Aum.

    Bhashya
    Having achieved perfect enlightenment and the eight siddhis at the feet of Maharishi Nandinatha in the Himalayas, Rishi Tirumular was sent by his satguru to revive Saiva Siddhanta in the South of India. Finally, he reached Tiruvavaduthurai, where, in the Tamil language, he recorded the truths of the Saiva Agamas and the precious Vedas in the Tirumantiram, a book of over 3,000 esoteric verses. Through the centuries, the Kailasa mantle was passed from one siddha yogi to the next. Among these luminaries was the nameless Rishi from the Himalayas, who in the 1700s entered a teashop in a village near Bangalore, sat down and entered into deep samadhi. He did not move for seven years, nor did he speak. Streams of devotees came for his darshana. Their unspoken prayers and questions were mysteriously answered in dreams or in written, paper messages that manifested in the air and floated down. Then one day Rishi left the village, later to pass his power to Kadaitswami. The Tirumantiram expounds, “With Nandi’s grace I sought the primal cause. With Nandi’s grace I Sadasiva became. With Nandi’s grace truth divine I attained.” Aum Namah Sivaya.

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  3. Sahana says:

    That is amazing.

  4. Amma Debora says:

    This is the greatness of Satguru Bodhinatha, reaching for the smalest lost village community with the same caring love he´d reach for the most literate audience at a very devellopped Colege. Brilliant. Lovely reports throughout the whole trip. Thank you.

  5. Jutikadevi Sivaraja says:

    Amma Debora,

    One one Satguru’s 108 names is Samadarsine Namaha, and it means, he treats everyone the same.

  6. Amma Debora says:

    So little I know, and so much there´s to learn about Hinduism… Thank you, Jutikadevi Sivaraja.

  7. Gautham Yogeeswar says:

    Himalayan Academy is doing a graceful duty of spreading the Saiva thoughts across the world…… a saivite like me found great pleasure in it.

  8. k.venukumar says:

    shivyogees work amazing …….

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