New Sannyasin, Kaivalyanathaswami,
Initiated by Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami

Yesterday was the auspicious day of Vaikasi Vishakam. It is one of the most holy days of the year, especially dedicated to Lord Muruga and spiritual initiations.

After over 45 years of exemplary selfless service to the Kailasa Paramaparai, having reached beyond the age of 72, and after having been a Yogi Tapasvin for the last six years, Yogi Jothinatha was reborn as Kaivalyanathaswami. Bodhinatha gave him Sannyas diksha early in the morning yesterday in a traditional ceremony with only the swamis present. The auspicious day finished with a very powerful Vaikasi Vishakam Muruga abhishekam and puja in the evening.

We quote here from the inspiring text of the Holy Orders of Sannyas (click to read on line)

SCRIPTURES PROCLAIM that candidates for sannyas must be of a sattvic nature and possess a natural purity. They must be one-pointed and tranquil. Sankara's Crest Jewel of Discrimination states: "He alone may be considered qualified to seek the Absolute who has discrimination, whose mind is turned away from all enjoyments, who possesses tranquility and the kindred virtues, and who feels a longing for liberation... Longing for liberation is the will to be free from the fetters forged by ignorance--beginning with the ego-sense and so on, down to the physical body itself--through the realization of one's true nature... Be devoted to Brahman and you will be able to control your senses. Control your senses and you will gain mastery over your mind. Master your mind and the sense of ego will be dissolved. In this manner, the yogi achieves an unbroken realization of the joy of Brahman. Therefore, let the seeker strive to give his heart to Brahman... The fruit of dispassion is illumination. The fruit of illumination is the stilling of desire. The fruit of stilled desire is experience of the bliss of the Atman, whence flows all peace."

Candidates must have reached their twenty-fourth year and have begun their training for sannyas before age twenty-five, or have entered the sannyas ashram after age seventy-two.

Together he and the satguru symbolically conduct his antyesti samskara, the ritual funeral rites, to betoken the death of the personal self and the birth of the spiritual being. He places the remnants of personal identity, hair, clothing, pulnool or sacred thread and all desires for wealth, progeny and fame into the homa fire, beseeching the permission of Lord Ganesha and heeding the path of Lord Muruga, vowing aloud his renunciation thus: "All that I have and all that I am I now give unto my God, my Gods and my guru. I have no family except the Divine Father Siva and Mother Sakti who dwell in Kailas and on Earth the sangam of Saivite devotees. I have no home except the stillness of Being. I have no possessions except my faith and dedication. I have no desires except my desire to serve and to realize God." The candidate then says aloud three times, "I, wishing for mukti, take refuge in this sacred Order and in God Siva, who created the world, who breathed out the Vedas. The purpose of my life is to cultivate dispassion, to become pure, to attain union with God Siva and be immersed in Divine Love. I do fully and of my own volition accept these Holy Orders of Sannyas, now and for the remainder of my life, and bind myself in the fulfillment thereof to the ancient Order of sannyas, to my satguru, to my Saivite Hindu faith and to the devas, the Mahadevas and Lord Siva Himself. I am the Atman, the non-dual Parasiva, pure and free."

So saying, the renunciate walks unclad seven steps around the homa fire, returning to kneel at the guru's feet. He is thereafter dead to the world. The satguru then whispers the Panchakshara Mantra in the candidate's right ear three times, along with personal instructions for meditation.

Kaivalyanathaswami took his three vows of sannyas: Renunciation, Purity, ObedienceAnd we read aloud Yogaswami's from Natchintanai:

Hail, O sannyasin, love's embodiment!
Does any power exist apart from love?
Diffuse thyself throughout the happy world.
Let painful maya cease and ne'er return!
Day and night give praise unto the Lord.
Pour forth a stream of songs
To melt the very stones.
Attain the sight where night is not nor day.
See Siva everywhere, and rest in bliss.
Live without interest in worldly gain.
Here, as thou hast ever been, remain.
Then never will cruel sorrow venture nigh.

25 Responses to “New Sannyasin, Kaivalyanathaswami,
Initiated by Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami”

  1. sadhunathan says:

    What a great joy and honor to have this noble soul recognized as a swami. We are all enriched and thrilled 🙂

  2. Dohadeva Samugam says:

    Aum Namasivaya to all,

    We are so very much filled with joy and happiness for Kaivalyanathaswami on this new acceptance as a Sannyasa.

    Aum Sivayanama

  3. Shyamadeva Dandapani says:

    Vel Vel Muruga! Shakti Vel Muruga!

    I am touching Kaivalyanathaswami’s feet in my heart and in my mind.

    Aum Namah Sivaya

  4. shree rajaswaree ayassamy says:

    all my prayers for Kaivalyanathaswami on this special day


  5. Chandrika Shantinatha says:

    Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!!!

  6. Sarasvathi Iswarapatham says:

    Aum Namasivaya
    Blessed Kaivalyanathaswami,
    Thank you for guiding me to pure Saivism as taught by the Kailasa Paramparai.

  7. Jnanideva Cevvel says:

    and well done.


  8. Nalini says:

    Oh how wonderful! So so happy for you! Jai Swamji!
    Jai Ganesa!

  9. Thanaletchmi Umamaheswaran says:

    Aum Sivaya Kaivalyanathaswami
    Congratulations it’s so wonderful and blessed.

  10. Thillyampalam Sivayogapathy, Toronto. says:

    Ganapathi Thunnai!
    Aum Namasivaya!
    Jai Yogaswami! Jai Gurudeva!

    Sivathiru Kaivalayanatha Swami !
    Congratulations! of being a new member of the Team of
    Sannyasins at the Kauai Aashramam, to further your SIVATHONDU!
    Mikka Nanri!
    Aum Shanthi! Siva! Siva!.

  11. Anjali Sundaram says:

    Jai Murugan!!

    Sannyasan Kaivalyanathaswami I join in touching your feet in joy at your advancement! I am very happy today!!

  12. Aravind Gopal says:

    Aum Namah Sivaya

  13. Ramai Santhirapala says:

    Jai Sanniyasan Kaivalyanathaswami! Congratulations on this most auspicious achievement! Thank you for guiding us all and this news fills me with joy! On Lord Murugan’s special day too! Jai Kailasa Parampara! Vel Muruga!

  14. Anil Ananda Badhwar says:

    Aum namasivaya

    Congratulations Kaivalyanathaswami ji.

  15. Julie Pedersen says:

    Thanks you for all you are and have done for me. Congradulations on becoming a swami. Namah Sivaya.

  16. Toshadevi Nataraj says:

    Aum Sivaya SwamiJi Kaivalyanathaswami,
    Heartfelt Congratulations on this advancement on your Spiritual journey. I am thinking of the many times swamiji has so kindly offered me an outlet for being such a chatter-box (smile). My children love to talk to swamiji also and we are looking forward to our next visit . I am very happy for for Swamiji’s accomplishment.Eternal Blessings Swamiji!!!!! Aum Aum

  17. Hitesvara Saravan says:

    Bihaishum Kaivalyanathaswami. You have become the embodiment of the Kaivala Upanishad as you enter into rehvumsirehli. Congratulations!

  18. Sarkunavathy says:

    Congratulations Swami!

    Happy to see you!

  19. James Feleta says:

    Fulfillment of a dream
    Aum namah sivaya

  20. Devi Tandavan says:

    Aum Namah Sivaya!!!

  21. Ramai Santhirapala says:

    Wonderful news, congratulations Sanniyasan Kaivalyanathaswami!
    Thank you for your guidance and so happy to hear of your advancement…on such an auspicious day too!

    Aum Namah Sivaya

  22. Tejasinha Sivalingam says:

    Jai Ganapati! How beautiful and inspiring! Congratulations. I am so happy for the beauty of your unfolding path. Aum NamaSivaya

  23. Beth Crockett says:

    We are so pleased for you on this special and blessed occasion Sannyasin Kaivalyanathaswami. Aum Namah Sivaya

  24. carol oppelt says:

    It is a wonderful achievement and I am so happy for you.

  25. Debora Murbach says:

    I could never express in English how happy I am for your achievement in the path of faith, my dear dear Kaivalyanathaswami. My eyes are full of tears of joy!

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