Gurudeva Speaks of the Mind’s Illusion and Your Duties

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We are happy to release yet another golden gem from Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami’s audio archives. This incredible upadesha from 1962 is from the inner sky of the Vedic Rishis, but presented by Gurudeva in a language that the public can understand. He explains the illusion of the mind, karma, meditation, dharma, and Self-Realization from the Advaita perspective. He urges listeners to follow the laws of religion, discover and fulfill their duties. The talk contains guidance for mothers and an especially compelling section on how to listen to and understand the language of the soul. Excerpts from the transcript:

“The mind is only an illusion ever creating itself carried forth by its own creations. It is but a dream and we find reality in the mind only from the depths of our memory as we project our fears worries and doubts, hopes and aspirations into the future. Only from the depths of the memory and what you have already projected mentally into the future…The two states of consciousness that we have here, the past and the future if you meditate upon that you can bring yourself into a deeper knowing and actual experience of the eternity of the now. There are many subtle things that take place as you practice yoga and as you fulfil your life in fulfilling your duty and become consciously conscious of exactly where you are in space or where you are in evolution. That is your first realization in being consciously conscious or consciously aware….” Click here to listen along with the full transcript

Some Recent Visitors

The monastery is never short of devotees from all over the world. Some wonderful souls have been captured visiting recently.

“Devotees’ Love” English Version of Natchintanai Anbar Anbathu

Satguru Siva Yogaswami

Years ago we had a number of Natchintanai songs in English. Because those translations were inaccurate, we have not been promoting them. But the demand to have these songs in our modern vernaculars is very high. Sannyasin Brahmanathaswami has been working closely with a small team to bring out new, accurate versions. The goal is to have lyrics that have a poetic quality and sing well. At the same time we must be as true as possible to the original Tamil. English is not as flowing as Tamil so this can be challenging. On the other hand we do not have to worry about long or short vowels in English. Sheela Venkatakrishnan and Gayatri Rajan helped with an initial lyrical rendering. Swami worked on this some more and then reviewed it carefully with Rishi Thondunathan, who in turn sorted out some verses with V. Muralitharan, the present caretaker of the Sivathondan Sociey in Jaffna. Murali was close to Sivayogaswami's senior devotees as a young man, at a time when they would discuss the Natchintanai songs and so he has good insights into the proper meanings. So now we have a very authentic English version for all to learn. Click here to get the lyrics and follow along. Devotees' Love

Protect Your Mind – Another Gurudeva Classic

We continue with the discovery and release of gems from the Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami audio and video archives. Here is another short but potent message for all spiritual aspirants.

Click: Protect Your Mind by Turning Within

Thayumanavar 

Today we are reminded of one of the great poets of Saiva Siddhanta, Thayumanivar. His love of Siva, so beautifully expressed, is honored today in Tamil Nadu where schoolchildren memorize ALL 1,454 of his poems, an amazing feat. We give but one today, and a quick Wikipedia background of this great soul and saint.


With love as the consecrating waters for Thy worship,
With life as the outstretched oblation,
With prana as the flaming incense and light--
Thus have I dedicated my worship,
Not for once, but as constant performance.

Thayumanavar or Tayumanavar,  (1705–1742), is one of the spiritual giants and a Tamil philosopher from Tamil Nadu, India. Thayumanavar articulated the Saiva Siddhanta philosophy. He wrote several Tamil hymns of which 1454 are available. His first three songs were sung 250 years ago at the Congress of Religions in Trichinopoly. His poems follow his own mystical experience, but they also outline the philosophy of South Indian Saivism, and the Tirumandiram by Saint Tirumular in its highest form, one that is at once devotional and nondual, one that sees God as both immanent and transcendent. Thayumanavar's key teaching is to discipline the mind, control desires and meditate peacefully. He went on to say that "it is easy to control an elephant, catch hold of the tiger's tail, grab the snake and dance, dictate the angels, transmigrate into another body, walk on water or sit on the sea; but it is more difficult to control the mind and remain quiet".

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