Today we took this new portrait photo of Kauai Aadheenam's sannyasins of the Saiva Siddhanta Yoga Order.
Center: Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami. From left to right: Acharya Arumuganathaswami, Kaivalyanathaswami, Brahmanathaswami, Acharya Kumarnathaswami, Paramacharya Sadasivanathaswami, Yoginathaswami, Saravananathaswami, Paramacharya Sivanathaswami, Siddhanathaswami, Muruganathaswami, Shanmuganathaswami and Senthilnathaswami.
From Holy Orders of Sannyas: First, the Saiva Siddhanta Yoga Order is a sangam, a spiritual community or brotherhood of Saiva swamis assembled together to continue the work of the Siva Yogaswami Guru Parampara and to live and teach Saiva dharma and Saivite culture. It is, then, an order of vagmis, or contemplative teachers, and not of munis, or solitary ascetics and wandering sadhus. Its members dedicate themselves to the mutual objectives of the whole Order, forgoing, especially in their younger years, any personal or individual interests or activities which might detract from the effort of the entire sangam of renunciates.
“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. 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.” Aum Namah Sivaya.
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Focus on being a soul, not the body, mind and emotions. When we think of ourselves as a soul we're able to move forward and get closer and closer to Siva. That's the whole idea of Saiva Siddhanta. A negative self-concept is an obstacle. We can change our self-concept through applying Gurudeva's teachings, affirming every day that we are a divine being. Vasana daha tantra: Going back and understanding experiences; clearing up the reactions to the past.