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.
Within our Saiva Siddhanta Holy Scriptures the Saiva Agamas explain the basis of temple ceremonies and worship plus yoga and jnana. The Tirukural was considered by Gurudeva to be "the most accessible and relevant sacred text." In it are practical and helpful guidelines for our conduct in every day life. The point of family life is to gain steady improvement, forever, in self control in the midst of responsibilities in the fulfillment of family dharma. Meanwhile, not taking detachment too far but taking it in the sense of spiritually looking for happiness, not outside in other people or possessions, the world, but inside ourselves and then sharing it with family and friends. "We regard the writings of our satgurus as scripture."
Path to Siva, Lesson 20
Tirukural, Introduction and Contents
Tirukural, Chapter 15 Possession of Self-Control
"The temple enables us to feel the presence of God, Gods and devas." We use our inner eyes to see what's going on in the temple, the three worlds. In the temple we're being good dvaitists in the dimfi perspective, focused in bhakti upon God Siva. In meditation we're monists, in the shumif perspective. We claim our oneness with Siva, Sivoham, I am Siva. In surrender, shrinking the ego through devotion, we have a realization that we're not the doer, that Siva is doing it all. Siva's energy comes through our soul.