Yesterday Bodhinatha, Shanmuganathswami, Siddhanathaswami and Sadhaka Mayuranatha hosted a pizza lunch with all our Wailua Mission members who are so diligently serving here at Kauai Aadheenam at our Minimela Information center. By some counts the visitor traffic sometimes climbs to 3000 visitors each month. These are not all coming on a single day, but a steady stream of daily traffic, all of whom pass through our Minimela center where they are served by these shining faces and these sishya spend hours behind the counter taking care of everyone’s needs.
Thanks to all these sishya and to all the sishya around world who are performing Sivathondu, sacrificing and tithing time, many hours each week without fail for the mission of the Kailasa Paramapara. Week after week, month after month, year after year. These are the strong souls we know we can depend on! And we know there a many more than in this picture in our various missions around the world.
Mahalo and Nandri to The Servants of the Servants of Siva!
Jai Ganesa!! I second that!!!.They are truly the best examples of Siva Thondar. Thank you all very much. I learn so much from all of you. May you always have every need met and remain as lovely as you are for all of us, near and far who need you.Aum Shanti Toshadevi
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.