Bodhinatha’s Latest Upadeshas:“Evolve Through Self Control; Follow a Religion” (September 18,2016)
The soul body plus the essence of the soul, Parashakti and Parasiva, together equals the totality of the soul. The essence of the soul is being Siva and the soul body is becoming Siva. The soul body is maturing, growing. We suffer until we learn to control our body, mind and emotions achieving imperturbability even if we find out the world is going to end tomorrow. Calmness is a platform for meditation.
The modern self-designation “Spiritual But Not Religious” is like a scientist who says he is going to figure it all out by himself. You are not likely to get very far. To progress, follow a well documented religious path.
Path to Siva; Lesson 2.
Many will know the dedication and Sivathondu done by one of Yogaswami's oldest devotees in Sri Lanka: Somasundaram Sanmugasundaran. "Dr. Shan" as he was affectionately called, was loved also by Gurudeva who brought him to the US to share Yogaswami stories and help Gurudeva in task of bringing the traditional Saiva culture to the west.
Dr. Shan lived in Colombo and would travel frequently to Jaffna to visit his Guru, Siva Yogaswami. After Yogaswami's Mahasamadhi there were only two centers in the North founded by him and his devotees. In Colombo, the devotees had for decades every month to honor Yogaswami, but they had no dedicated center of their own, which was a cherished dream of Yogaswami's Colombo family. Then came the war and the vision was way-layed for many years. But after the war, the devotees got to work and finally, the Sivayogaswami Trust of Sri Lanka, whose current president is Sri Ranjan, Dr. Shan's son, completed the new center: the Sivayogaswami Tiruvadi Nilayam of Colombo. Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami wrote this report just before returning home, describing events of August 31 in Colombo, Sri Lanka
This morning was the opening ceremony for Sivayogaswami Tiruvadi Nilayam, Colombo. The event started from the adjacent Ramakrishna Mission. We arrived at RK Mission a little after eight AM which was just in time for a few minutes of the final arati of their morning puja to Ramakrishna. Next a short talk with the head swami Sarvarupanandaji.
We began the event with a parade of a Yogaswami photo from Ramakrishna Mission down the street and around the corner to the Sivayogaswami Tiruvadi Nilayam. An elaborate abhishekam was held to the tiruvadi. This was similar to what we do for Gurudeva. This was accompanied by beautifully sung Natchintanai. Then began the speeches. Speakers were from: Ramakrishna Mission, Sarada Ramakrishna Mission (women), All Ceylon Hindu Congress, Chinmaya Mission and the government minister for Hindu Culture.
Then the downstairs library was opened. It was donated by Jayanthi Nilakanthan in memory of her aunt Ma Navaratnam. And last, as usual, was the singing of Sivapuranam by Manikavasagar.
Yesterday Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami returned from a 3-week, round-the-world journey to the US mainland, Mauritius, India and Sri Lanka. Both he and Sannyasin Shanmuganathaswami arrived at the Aadheenam midday and were greeted by all the monastics as well as mission members, local devotees and a variety of guests who were here for the tour-day. Satguru made his way up the path to Kadavul, at which a short arati was performed by the Natyam. The two travelers then made their way inside where Paramacharya Sivanathaswami performed arati for Ganesha, Muruga and Lord Siva. It's always nice to have the guru's uplifting vibration return to the aadheenam. Aum Namah Sivaya.
From the Kularnava Tantra:
When the entire universe is looked on as pervaded by the Sivaguru, what mantra can fail to achieve its purpose for the sishya?
When the Satguru is present, no tapas is necessary, neither by fasting nor observances, neither pilgrimage nor purificatory bath. What he speaks is as scripture.
Feel one with your guru and not separate from him, and do good to all as your own. Whatever is beneficial to yourself, term that beneficial to him.
Whether moving or standing, sleeping or waking, performing japa or making offerings, carry out only the injunctions of your guru with your inner being dwelling in him.
As in the vicinity of fire, butter gets melted, so in the proximity of the holy Sivaguru all bad karmas dissolve. As lighted fire burns up all fuel, dry and moist, so the glance of the Sivaguru burns up in a moment the karmas of the sishya. As the heap of cotton blown up by a great storm scatters in all the ten directions, so the heap of negative karmas is blown away by the compassion of the Sivaguru. As darkness is destroyed at the very sight of the lamp, so is ignorance destroyed at the sight of the holy Sivaguru.
I tell you now that there can be no Liberation without diksha, initiation. Nor can there be initiation without a preceptor. Hence the dharma, the sakti and the tradition come down the line of masters, called parampara.
Without a Satguru all philosophy, knowledge and mantras are fruitless. Him alone the Gods praise who is the Satguru, keeping active what is handed down to him by tradition. Therefore, one should seek with all effort to obtain a preceptor of the unbroken tradition, born of Supreme Siva.
A few days back, Kulapati Jiva Rajasankara hosted Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami and Sannyasin Shanmuganathaswami in his hometown of Bengaluru. Kulapati took Satguru and Swami to the Chandni handicrafts shop in the city. It's an impressive place where high quality murtis and other sacred objects are sold. They work with skilled craftsmen who are willing to produce at a high standard.
Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami and Sannyasin Shanmuganathaswami recently were in Bangalore, and met with Sri Jayendrapuriswami. Swamiji is the head of Kailash Ashram in Rajarajeswarinagar and a dear friend to the Aadheenam.
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