Woody Waits (recently given the name Jaya Sivaraja) has completed his six-month visit to learn about the monastic path and our monastic order in particular. He returns to Seattle, Washington area tomorrow, to think over his life and decide whether to pursue family life or monastic life. After some time, he will inform us of his decision.
If his spiritual intentions are fulfilled, he will be pursuing his full conversion to Hinduism, finishing his Master Course study, and receiving his Namakarana Samskara as Jaya Sivaraja.
We thank him for his presence and all his service over the past six months, and wish him well.
Jaya will fly to his island birth home and be greeted by the scent of cherry & apple blossoms, hundreds of skunk cabbages & daffodils, rich earth, 3 dogs, 3 cats, one wild black horse, friends & family. His visit will be a blessing. Although he and his twin sister were born on my birthday, and I named him Woody, I easily know him as Jaya now. His presence at the Himalayan Academy has risen my spirit one-thousand fold!
Aum Sivaya, Jaya we are so fortunate to know you. you are a sterling example to other young Saivites.May you make the best decision with the help of Lord Ganesa who guides us as long as we let him. Enjoy your Island home as you return.Your new Island home will be happy to welcome you again. We will pray every day for your success.
Blessed you are Dear Amma Anne Deer. Thank you for Jaya. Jai Ganesa.Aum Shanti
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.