The Media Studio has finished constructing a traditional style Indian swing for guests to take their shoes on and off. Acharya Kumarnathaswami has crafted the bench portion while the rest was sponsored by devotees in California.
Jiva and Kanmani Rajasankara sat with the Ganapati Kulam yesterday and shared their wonderful tale of being assigned the monumental task of overseeing Iraivan Temple construction in India.
"I met Gurudeva in 1975 in Kuala Lampur," Jiva began, "At that time the communications were very slow, by the time I sent a letter to Gurudeva it could take two weeks to arrive and two weeks to return. And at that time the church sent newsletters to Malaysia on different guidelines for parents; remove your children out of missionary schools, etc. But at that time we would only read the letter with little seriousness, close the letter and set it aside. That was the general trend for the members at that time. This is what we did until we recieved a direct order from Gurudeva, then we would see what he said and apply it.
"It took some time and went through all of the maturing in stages. Over the years I found that whatever Gurudeva says might not be clear to our intellect over that time, but whatever he gives is for ten, or twenty, years from now to see the results. So I eventually got the spirit that whatever he says is the final word for our karmic evolution for this birth.
"When he gave me the instruction to move to India it was pretty easy with some challenges. The shift from one country to another and moving from one job to another, a job I had never heard of, and manage 30 to 40 workers started with struggle. We worked with Ganapati Sthapati in the beginning with some difficulty and then Selvanathan sthapati came and everything went smoother. He and I were both second generation in this field and worked well together and get a lot of things done.
"Today, I can say that because of Gurudeva's instruction and guidance, our company is one of the leading companies in India. As a granite company who does both temples, deities and house items we are able to do cover a broader scope of work than most competitors who will only do one or the other type of job. I give all the credit to Gurudeva, this is all because of him.
"We are doing well because of the grace of the guru. I'm very proud to see where the work is now and am excited for the future."
Today the kitchen named by Satguru as Nataraja Niliyam had new LED lights installed by Easvan Param. Easvan comes to the monastery several times a year to perform electrical seva. The old bulbs in this kitchen were fluorescent and burned out regularly.
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.