117 Recordings of Merging with Siva
by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami

Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami

Gurudeva tried to keep the monks on the leading edge of digital content development. In the early days of the web ( 1998) he recorded 117 chapters of Merging with Siva. We release these on TAKA every day and also had a podcast. Now we are bringing these back to life in our digital media library. Go to the complete talks index, click on Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, choose 1998 and scroll down to August 15 to see the whole list. Or go here for a catalog view.

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April Padapuja

Over the recent three day retreat the Aadheenam observed a padapuja to Gurudeva's trivadi during the Chitra nakshatra. At noon, monastics and local devotees gathered in Kadavul for the abhishekam, performed by Natyam Mayuranatha and Nirvani Nilakanthanatha.

Jai Gurudeva!

"If Hindus really understood how deep into their soul their religion penetrates, if they knew how superior it is to any other spiritual path on the Earth today, they would not abandon it so easily but cherish and foster it into its great potential. They would not remain silent when asked about their religion, but speak out boldly its great truths. They would not hesitate to stand strong for Hinduism." Gurudeva



Gurudeva discusses silence:

March Padapuja

This morning the Aadheenam observed its monthly padapuja to Gurudeva, which takes place on the chitra nakshatra. Monks and devotees gathered in Kadavul Temple in the early morning and Natyam Rajanatha and Natyam Nandinatha performed the puja. Some of monks chanted Sri Rudram, while others dove within themselves and within the loving energy flowing forth from Gurudeva's shrine. As is the norm, once Sri Rudram ended the rest of the puja was done in silence, with nothing but the sound of the morning birds and the trickling waters of the abhishekam. Jai Gurudeva!

"If yoga is truly performed, we graduate with knowledge based on personal experience, not on what someone else has said. We then take our place among the jnanis--the wise ones who know, and who know what they know--to uplift others with understanding in sadhana and in yoga." Gurudeva

Siva Vision Day

This morning, monks and devotees gathered and the Svayambhu Lingam for a short puja and meditation to honor the day in February of 1975, when Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami had the powerful vision of Lord Siva which led to the creation of Iraivan Temple.

Below is the description from Gurudeva's Spiritual Visions book:

In the early hours of February 15, 1975, lying on a tatami mat in his Ryokan--the simple, oriental room where he slept--Subramuniyaswami was deep asleep. He was in one of those profound states of slumber that are neither awake nor full of dreams, his conscious mind fully absent. In this clear space above physical consciousness, the 48-year-old satguru experienced a three-fold vision that would be the spiritual birth of the great Siva citadel called Iraivan Temple, and its surrounding San Marga Sanctuary.

"I saw Lord Siva walking in the meadow near the Wailua River."

"Then I saw His face peering into mine.

"Then He was seated upon a great stone, His reddish golden hair flowing down His back. I was seated on His left side.

"This was the vision. It became more vivid as the years passed. Upon reentering Earthly consciousness, I felt certain that the great stone was somewhere on our monastery land and set about to find it. Guided from within by my satguru, I hired a bulldozer and instructed the driver to follow me as I walked to the north edge of the property that was then a tangle of buffalo grass and wild guava. I hacked my way through the jungle southward as the bulldozer cut a path behind me. After almost half a mile, I sat down to rest near a small tree. Though there was no wind, suddenly the tree's leaves shimmered as if in the excitement of communication.

"I said to the tree, 'What is your message?' In reply, my attention was directed to a spot just to the right of where I was sitting. When I pulled back the tall grass, there was a large rock-- the self-created Lingam on which Lord Siva had sat. A stunningly potent vibration was felt. The bulldozer's trail now led exactly to the sacred stone, surrounded by five smaller boulders. San Marga, the 'straight or pure path' to God, had been created. An inner voice proclaimed, 'This is the place where the world will come to pray.'"

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