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.
"Temples with multiple deities can be confusing, especially for today's Hindu youth. For clarity, we need to bring forward a more precise understanding of the different Hindu denominations and how the different Gods are viewed from within each denomination. For spiritual advancement it is best to focus on one deity and get to the vibration that deity. When we hear teachings from various Hindus, it is important to understand and identify which denomination they are speaking from. This will avert confusion when that teaching gets contradicted in a different context where someone is talking about the same subject but from a different philosophical background."
Bodhinatha reviews the main characteristic of Saivite philosophy and practice with an indepth focus on the four stages of religions evolution, chariya, kriya, yoga and jnana. He highlights how this shows that Saiva Siddhanta is unique and quite from the modern practice of Hinduism as Vedanta