Sadhaka Rajanatha’s father, Maurice Chikiar is here from Chicago. Here he and his son are meeting with Acharya Arumuganathaswami who shows them the new Hindu History of India book we recently published.
Maurice is a respiratory therapist working at the John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County, Illinois. If someone is having trouble breathing, Maurice is there to take care of them.
Happy Father -- Son reunion!
4 Responses to “Our Father Maurice Chikiar Visits the Monastery”
Hello, just a quick question. I have seen on TAKA that the monks’ parents do visit them from to time. However, when the monks take their vows of renunciation, aren’t they supposed to sever all family ties? I would like to know your take on this. Namaste!
The rules outlined by Gurudeva in The Saiva Dharma Shastras explain how sadhakas and yogis should strive to emulate the ideal of swamis, who have fully renounced their families and treat everyone with equal love.
When a person with blood ties to a monk visits Kauai Aadhenam, he or she is acknowledged as family, even for a swami, but not that particular monk’s family — rather, he is father (or son or mother, whatever it may be) to all the 20+ monks. That shows respect and affection to family, who is the first guru, but also makes a clear statement about the process of renunciation.
Swamis may only meet their blood relatives in religious settings, such as a temple or monastery, and they are supposed to be treated as the religious leaders they are, even by their mother and father.
"Stand strong for Saivism." The nature of life for Saivites is to turn work into worship, to turn the secular into the sacred. Each day give a little extra warmth, humanness and upliftment to others. Every day is a holy day, all day long. We want to follow our religion even in our dreams. If we help someone, we're worshiping. Wherever we are, that's a place of worship. "To the Saivite Hindu all of life is sacred. All of life is religion."