“It’s very simple: the energy within our body is the same energy that pervades the universe, and it’s all emanating right out of Lord Siva.” -Gurudeva
Our monks will soon be entering their two-day retreat, and we’re using that time to upgrade our server. So that means you might not see any new posts until the 25th. Hope you have a wonderful few days! Aum Namah Sivaya.
This history music video: “City and Village Life. is a song for children intended to complement the second of our popular History of Hindu India documentaries, “Hindu India: 300 to 1100ce.” The documentary and song, the second of three for this time period, neatly supplement the study of India and the Hindu religion in American middle schools. An easy way for students to get a quick overview of life in India’s cities and villages during this time, including the various occupations, business life, political system, family life including arranged marriage.
Produced by HinduismToday
Music: Aks and Lakshmi (http://www.youtube.com/EclipseNirvana)
Lyrics: Dragan Stojkovski
Video and subtitles: Igro Burenkov
Complete History Series Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkA3jcdbA5kTwKf5gHchrJliKCMTM__7B
Today we are seeing the second layer of Iraivan Temple’s perimeter wall take shape. This layer of stones cover the entire length of the wall. Atop each smaller tower caps will sit polished rose granite pots.
First the stones must be fit perfectly and then they are fully installed
Many more stones are uncrated and made ready for placing
He alone may be called a householder who supports students, elders and renunciates pursuing well their good paths.
The virtuous householder supports the needs of renunciates, ancestors and the poor.
The foremost duty of family life is to serve duly these five: God, guests, kindred, ancestors and oneself.
The posterity of householders who gather wealth without misdeeds and share meals without miserliness will never perish.
When family life possesses love and virtue, it has found both its essence and fruition.
If a man masters the duties of married life, what further merits could monkhood offer him?
Among those who strive for liberation, the foremost are they who live the blessed state of family life as it should be lived.
The householder dedicated to duty and to aiding ascetics on their path of penance endures more than they do.
Domestic life is rightly called virtue. The monastic path, rightly lived beyond blame, is likewise good.
He who rightly pursues the householder’s life here on Earth will be rightfully placed among the Gods there in Heaven
Today monks and devotees gathered in Kadavul Temple for an early morning homa followed by a short talk from Paramacharya Sadasivanathaswami. Next the whole group paraded out to the flagpole to raise the rust-colored flag heralding the season.
From the Saiva Dharma Shastras:
Beginning with Hindu New Year in mid-April, three seasons of the year divide our activities into three great needs of humankind the learning of scripture in the first season, Nartana Ritau; the living of culture in the second season, Jivana Ritau; and the meditating on Siva in the third season, Moksha Ritau. Thus we are constantly reminded that our life is Sivas life and our path to Him is through study, sadhana and realization. In ritau one, we teach the philosophy; in ritau two, we teach the culture; and in ritau three, we teach meditation.
117 The Second Season: Jivana Ritau
During Jivana Ritau, the rainy season, from mid-August to mid-December, Living with Siva: Hinduisms Contemporary Culture is the primary text. The keyword of this season is work. The colors are rust, copper-maroon and all shades of red rust for earthy preservation, copper-maroon for fulfillment and red for physical energy. The Aadheenams 60-foot flag pole flies the rust-colored dhvaja, symbolizing environmental care. Copper-maroon and all shades of red adorn our smaller flags. This is the season of honoring and showing appreciation for those in the vanaprastha ashrama, life's elder advisor stage
These past few days we've seen the roofing material for the new greenhouse placed over the top of the building. The monks of the Siddhidatta kulam have been working tirelessly to bring this important step into fruition. Aum Namah Sivaya
“All are gods, even though they don't understand. Everything is God. How can God understand God? Where you are, there God is. No going; no coming. No beginning and no end. You are That.” - Yogaswami
Aum Namah Sivaya
Today the siplis are focusing on two main areas: some finishing work in the Nandi Mandapam and the details on the two large yalli handrails. In the Nandi Mandapam, the base stones for the Kodimaram have also been placed. As another notable point the drain for the Mandapam's gomukai has been successfully installed in the foundation. Aum
Recently a new canvas scroll, measuring 36" by 96," was installed on the redwood wall in the Guru Peedam. The canvas displays Gurudeva's chakras in the Shum language and simple illustrations for each chakra with its corresponding color, number of petals, bija sound and geometric shape.
From bottom to top they are:
1) The first of the primary chakras, named muladhara in Sanskrit; 2) attribute— memory, time, space; 3) located at the base of the spine; 4) color—red; planet— Mercury; element—earth; sense—smell; petals—four; pañchakshara mantra letter—na; 5) the pranayama associated with this chakra is to breathe in two short breaths through the nose and out two short breaths through the mouth; this can be done in preparation for the meditation or also while walking fast and swinging the arms.
1) The second chakra, named svadhishthana in Sanskrit; 2) attribute—reason; 3) located at the navel; 4) color—reddish orange; planet—Venus; element— water; sense—taste; petals—six; pañchakshara mantra letter—ma.
1) The third chakra, named manipura in Sanskrit; 2) attribute—willpower; 3) located at the solar plexus; 4) color—yellow amber; planet—Mars; element—fire; sense—sight; petals—ten; pañchakshara mantra letter—Si.
1) The fourth chakra, named anahata in Sanskrit; 2) attribute—direct cognition; 3) located at the heart; 4) this chakra is the resting place; 5) color—smokey green; planet—Jupiter; element—air; sense—touch; petals—twelve; pañchakshara mantra letter—va.
1) The fifth chakra, named vishuddha in Sanskrit; 2) attribute—divine love; 3) located at the throat; 4) it is here where magical powers exist, and it is here that the past is dissolved and the vision of a positive, productive future is revealed; 5) color—smokey purple blue; planet—Saturn; element—ether; sense—hearing; petals—sixteen; pañchakshara mantra letter—ya.
1) The sixth chakra, named ajña in Sanskrit; 2) attribute—divine sight; 3) located at the third eye (between the two physical eyes); 4) relates to language and speech; 5) it is the area of the mind where, through the third eye, mystics can scan the universe; 6) it is the area where past, present and future are seen as one; 7) it is the third eye that sees all, for it is within all at every point in time; 8) only when the awareness moves into this chakra do the two petals open from deep within the chakra above, and divine sight comes; 9) color—lavender; planet—Uranus; element—mahatattva; sense— intuition; petals—two; the aum of the pañchakshara mantra.
1) The seventh chakra, named sahasrara in Sanskrit; 2) attribute—illumination; 3) located at the crown of the head; 4) in the area of the mind of the sahasrara chakra in full bloom, a radiant display of lights of various pastel colors is seen; 5) it is mystically seen extending above the head as a thousand-petaled lotus made of quantums of light particles; 6) this center of divine, actinic force holds the intelligence of the inner and outer bodies; 7) its center holds the secrets of divine sight; 8) the door to the universe; 9) color—gold; planet—Neptune; element/ sense—void; petals—one thousand and eight.
We've just received these photo-updates from the team in Bangaluru. Here you can see the stone cladding that is being carved for Kadavul Temple's Nandi Mandapam, Bali Pitam, and Kodimaram (not pictured). When complete and installed, these will totally transform the entrance to our beloved Kadavul Temple. Aum Namah Sivaya.
Archives are now available through 2001. Light colored days have no posts. 1998-2001 coming later.