Who is Lord Siva

Today Gurudeva explains 'Who is Lord Siva.' He then talks about our soul as an everflowing part of Siva.

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Today at Kauai Aadheenam. December 12th.

Greetings, everyone in cyberspace. It is very nice you have visited our cyberspace ashram. Welcome, welcome!

We have just completed a two-day retreat, reflecting on the past and projecting a new future for ourselves.

The African Parliament of World Religions contacted us with a very beautiful invitation to be a delegate in their Parliament.

December 1st through 8th, 1999. It is in Cape Town, South Africa. We are waiting to hear from them again, probably on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.

A beautiful fire puja today again, invoking the foundation for Iraivan Temple, getting the energy up in everyone. Feel it? A wonderful energy is coming and flowing through each and every one of us to build the foundation that is going to last over a thousand years. In India, I have been to stone temples that were more than a thousand years old. One was two thousand years old and looked in very good condition.

Our local agriculturist Ray Mackey came by with a beautiful gift for the ashram. A very special construction bamboo. He planted some and left the others for us to plant. We appreciate this, Ray, very very much.

Earlier today, I was reading from the beautiful little booklet we have just published called, 'Island Temple'. San Marga Iraivan Temple, a traditional Hindu sanctuary for Lord Siva being built on Hawaii's Garden Island of Kauai. If you have not already received a copy; we'd love to send you a copy. Use the little communication - questions@hindu.org, send us your name and address and we'll put a copy right in the mail for you, today. I was caught by this beautiful explanation of Lord Siva excerpted from 'Living With Siva', one of the books that was released a number of years ago. We would be very happy to send you also, without any charge, this little book, 'Living With Siva'.

I'm going to read just a little bit of it now. It explains who Lord Siva is. "Siva dances in the atoms throughout the universe. Siva dances energetically, eternally. Siva is eternal movement. His mind is all pervasive, and thus He sees and knows everything in all spheres simultaneously and without effort. Siva is the Self and He is the energy we put forth to know the Self. He is the mystery which makes us see Him as separate from us. He is the energy of life, the power of the wind. He is the dissolution called death, the peace of motionless air. He is the great force of the ocean and the stillness on a calm lake. Siva is all in all. Our great God Siva is beyond time, beyond space, beyond form and form's creation and yet, He uses time and causes form. He is in the sky, in the clouds, in the swirling galaxies. Siva's cosmic dance of creation, preservation, and dissolution is happening this very moment in every atom of the cosmos. God Siva is immanent with a beautiful human-like form which can actually be seen. It has been seen by many mystics in visions. To get to know God Siva, is to get to know something more about yourself. Because there is one thing, and one thing only that Siva cannot do with all of His great power. He cannot take Himself out of you. Because the energy in your body comes from God Siva. He can't remove the energy from the body of your soul, and you are a soul. A perfect soul living in a physical body and astral body and a mental body, These are your tools to unfold the soul as it grows and grows and grows in the evolutionary pattern of soul life. That is why we keep coming back in a physical body to have all of the experiences that life on this planet has to offer. Who Knows? Maybe we go to another planet after that, who knows? But the soul is more than umbilically connected to Siva. The soul is an ever-flowing part of Siva. With this new identity of yourself, you can face all of life's challenges as if you were walking through the rain without getting wet."

We are very happy to bring a little bit of Sivaness, and Siva consciousness into your life. If you would like our little booklet called 'Island Temple', send your name and address. We'd be happy to send it to you. If you want the little booklet, 'Living with Siva', 365 verses on how Hindus approach God, family life, money, food, culture and more, just make a note and we'd be happy to send that to you as well.

Until tomorrow then! Our cyberspace ashram will be open to you for the next four or five days. Please visit day after day after day. We will develop some beautiful things together. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.

Aum Namah Sivaya!