As promised, here is Side B of the 1977 cassette that Gurudeva requested be prepared and distributed to all his devotees. In this short piece he briefly describes the purpose of Saiva Siddhanta Church and then leads us in the repetition of the Twelve Beliefs of Saivism. Join him as he requests us to affirm the great truths of our ancient religion.
Our members joined in with painting Ganeshas for Ganesha Chaturthi going on at the Shiva Murugan Temple in Concord, CA
Click here for more photos of Rudra Abhishekam for our sishyas and advanced students at our Spiritual Park
Following a request from the Patanjali Yogpeeth Trust, a Hindu organization based in Mauritius, Satguru formally launched their project to revive classes for Hindu youth in Mauritius. The Trust will have the support of the Himalayan Academy in the training of their teachers in our teaching materials (mainly the Saivite Hindu Religion series and the new 2015 version of Satguru's Character Building workbook).
Click here for description and more photos of this launch event at our Spiritual Park, to revive classes for Hindu youth in Mauritius
On Monday the 14th of September, Vandana Sandya Ramdenee Nathoo formally took her vows before Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, thus becoming an arulsishya of Saiva Siddhanta Church.
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A small ladies retreat began today, with participants from Malaysia, Singapore and Kauai. One of the participants from Malaysia, Parimala Selvaraj, received mantra diksha from Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami. This diksha means receiving spiritual initiation from the Satguru to chant Aum Namah Sivaya 108 times daily on a rudraksha japa mala. Prior to this, she was chanting Aum Saravanabhava Aum. It is the first of two dikshas that all sishyas in Saiva Siddhanta Church prepare to receive. She is now known as a dikshasishya.
During this morning's homa, Sivarathna Manick took his Vratasishya vows, becoming an official sishya of Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami and Saiva Siddhanta Church. Sivarathna is currently at Kauai Aadheenam finishing up his stay on taskforce.
In taking this step, he pledges himself to uphold two vratas: The Nandinatha Sutra Vrata and the Saiva Sraddhadharana Vrata. He read aloud:
"I believe in You, the one Supreme God, Lord Siva, and the Gods of our Saivite faith, and in the Saiva Dharma. In love and trust I recognize Your goodness in providing for my every material and spiritual need. I understand that the 365 Nandinatha Sutras, created by Gurudeva, summarize our monistic Saiva Siddhanta philosophy, our articles of faith and conduct, and other Hindu codes of culture, ethics and right living. I affirm that I understand and agree, one hundred and one percent, with each sutra, having read and reread and related it to my personal life. I now pledge to uphold and pass on to the next generation the wisdom contained within each of these quatrains. I hereby reaffirm the four vratas that I took as an arulsishya--noninjury, spiritual lineage, vegetarianism, tithing--and blend them into this 365 sutra vrata, as a collective vow that I will uphold and defend throughout my lifetime.
"I believe in You, the one Supreme God, Lord Siva, and the Gods of our Saivite faith, and in the Saiva Dharma. In love and trust I recognize Your goodness in providing for my every material and spiritual need. I affirm that the twelve beliefs of our Saivite Creed, and our Affirmation of Faith, fully and unequivocally express my own beliefs, and I wholeheartedly vow to uphold and preach them as an authoritative, distilled formulation of our venerable faith. I understand the importance of beliefs, which have the power to create our attitudes, which shape our actions and reactions throughout life. I appreciate that our Saivite Creed serves to maintain the continuity and purity of the Vedas and Agamas and give strength and guidelines to individuals seeking to understand life and religion.
"In humility and gratitude, having received the blessings of Lord Siva through these spiritual vows, I promise, now and for my entire life, to be an ardent, dynamic, responsive, loving, grateful, loyal vratasishya of Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, serving as a member of his global Saiva Siddhanta Church among my kulapati's extended family."
Satguru then blessed Sivarathna in his new life as a Vratasishya.
Aum Namah Sivaya
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