Happy Ardra Nakshatra!

Today the monks celebrated the Ardra Nakshatra with our monthly abhishekam to Lord Nataraja in Kadavul Temple. This is quite an auspicious time of year, with Lord Murugan to be celebrated on Thai Pusam just a few days from now, and with Mahasivaratri to be celebrated on the 24th. This is a wonderful time to deepen your connections to the Gods and to deepen your meditations into the stillness of your own inner being. Aum Namah Sivaya

From the Aadheenam Pastures

Every so often our monks take the tractor out to the cow pastures to mow the grass. This keeps weeds at bay and helps to ensure that our beloved bovine get all the tasty fresh green grass that they can eat. Sivanadiyar Kanthanatha offers us some photos of his recent visit with our happy herd. We currently have four cows in our monastery pastures on this side of the river. They are all gentle Jersey cows and include Teta--our youngest, Marvelous (Teta's mother), Salute and Anu. Om

First Homa of February

Nama Sivaya everyone. We hope all is well in your world.

This morning the monks and local devotees along with some wonderful off-island pilgrims woke up before the sun and worshiped Siva.

Here is some text superconsciously pulled from Lemurian Scrolls:
"As the planet becomes older forces equalize themselves and new innovations in cultural procedures are absent. Systems remain status quo. Our shastras predict that a million years after the beginning of the next Sat Yuga there will be great research into science and planetary travel as the fire deepens beneath the Earth's crust. Nothing new is created everything is preserved and nothing is destroyed. There is no fire. It is just a big space station here. Nothing is growing. One of the biggest space stations in the universe. It will be like a nation that gets to the point where it fulfills its purpose and goes away and others move in.
"But now in the Dvarpara Yuga in which we live and have been living for thousands and thousands of years the vibrations of the next are imminent and slight adjustments of the cosmic rays are even now being felt. The onrush of the fulfillment of purpose has culminated and change is imminent. It is only with a great upheaval of the status quo of this yuga will the next begin. Hence in retrospect some of the important manifestations of the preservation of the culture recorded and preserved in the akashic ether of the inner mind will lay a foundation for the continuity of the culture during the wane of the Kali Yuga many thousands of years from now when cosmic rays once again pierce the veiling darkness and the Sat Yuga dawns."

From the Agamas

Aum Namah Sivaya

As the monastery heads into its two day retreat (our lunar weekends) we thought we would leave you with an excerpt from the Matanga Agama's Vidya Pada. Here Sage Matanga has asked Lord Siva to explain the inner most layers of existence. In part of His answer are briefly explained the five mantras which compose Sadasiva:

The Nature of Adhikara Tattva (Sadasiva Tattva)
translation by D.R. S.P Sabharathanam Sivacharya

It is figuratively said that Sadasiva appears with a body. In reality His body is of the nature of five mantras
of Sivasakti. He is with the head formed of Isana-mantra; face formed of Tatpurusha -mantra; heart formed
of Aghora-mantra; secret part formed of Vamadeva-mantra; all other parts of His body formed of
Sadyojata-mantra. There are three more Saktis - Harini Janani and Rodhayitri. O the great Sage! these
eight Saktis are said to be constituting the form of Sadasiva to be appearing as the body of Sadasiva. Their
vigor and differentiations would be told afterwards in the sequel. Therefore it is not desired to speak
elaborately here. Yet their essential nature is now told here pointedly.

There are eight aspects of the Great Isvara and these eight aspects present themselves in the form of eight
Saktis. These are made known to you very briefly not in an extensive way. The incredible lordship of Isvara
is at the state of apex comparable to the highest part of a body the head. Through the grace-yielding
Saktis which are five in number and which are manifested by Isana the Lord compassionately and swiftly
manifests the power of knowing and doing within the souls brings them out of the hold of anava-mala and
installs them in a pure realm which is at the highest level like the head. Therefore the Lord is said to be
with the head constituted of Isana-mantra.

His face is the mass of effulgent Sakti. Through this face He showers profusely the flashing sparks of
guiding words and utterances from the fire of knowledge-scriptures and fills the worlds of all adhvas
with such sparks. The word 'pum' denotes purity. He purifies the souls which are living in the world
consisting of moving and non-moving things by removing the heap of ignorance from them. Therefore
He is called 'Pumsa.' The face is conceived to be of the nature of assumptive power (parigraha sakti) which
is all-pervasive. This assumptive power is known as 'maha-maya' and since it is the causal source of sound
it is conceived as the face. Since the Lord presents Himself in the 'maha-maya' conceived in the form of
face He is said to be with the face constituted of Tatpurusha-mantra.

It is revealed that the heart is identical with constant oneness with the absolute Existence characterized by
sivatva (power of all-knowing and all-doing). The word Aghora denotes tranquility. Through the constant
oneness with Existence (sivatva) He is always in a state of tranquility. The term 'ghora' denotes the limiting
factors such as mala likes and dislikes and others. Since He is beginninglessly free from such 'ghora' he is
called 'aghora'. Since His heart is identical with the innate nature of tranquility He is said to be with the
heart constituted of Aghora-mantra.

The term 'vama' associated with the word 'guhya' denotes the Kriya-sakti of the Lord. Vama means
strangely or differently formed and guhya means 'not directly seen'. The Lord who shines forth in the
entire range of things (Visvarat) accomplishes the creation of variegated range of worlds and tattvas
through the thirteen kalas evolved from the Vamasakti (Kriyasakti). The term 'vama' denotes the nature
of being contrary. In this universe the existence of Sadasiva is inferred through the activities which are
contrary and opposed to each other. Through such activities He grants all the fruits to the hosts of souls
as desired by them. Therefore Lord Sadasiva is said to be with the secret part constituted of Vamadeva

The term 'murti' denotes the body. The body of the Lord is of the nature of His own mighty power of
knowing and doing associated with the authority over creation. Sadyojata manifests Himself from the
transcendental laya tattva for the sake of cosmic play related to the worlds and the worldly beings. Since
he effortlessly leaves out of state of laya and assumes another state such effortless activity is figuratively
termed as 'play'. He assumes the state of being with a body instantaneously at the very moment He wills to
create. Therefore His form is considered to be constituted of Sadyojata-mantra. In this way Sadasiva
appears with a form constituted of these five mantras.

If you understood any of this and you want to read more you can find our Agama translations on our Books Page. Just scroll down and click the scriptures tab.

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