We are blessed to have a vigilant Sivathondar, Shama Kumaran. She is retired from the working world and daily offers her depth of understanding of Gurudeva's teachings to our guests arriving from all parts of the globe.
The beautiful turquoise "Andara Crystal" set in the flower bowl at the entrance to Kadaval temple.
The love birds are sweet pets carefully attended to by Bramacharini Shama Kumaran.
Shama working in the Mini-Mela book and gift shop. Through her expertise on the content of all of Gurudeva's writings and other mystical knowlege, Shama guides guests by answering their sometimes deep philosophical questions.
Here is Shama taking care of her dear charges, the seven love birds.
A guest originally from Latvia, asks questions about karma, reincarnation, the Kailasa Paramparai, vegetarianism and the differences between Buddhism and Hinduism. She seemed enthralled with Shama's in depth answers.
Hello my dear sister Shama, this the first time that I have seen a photo of you for many years, I can see the family looks in you. Its lovely to see what you look like now, you look so well and of course I can see that you love your beautiful birds, were all animal lovers in our family. I know that this article was filmed in 2009, so I hope that your still doing what you love to do, and that your able to read this. I keep in touch with our brother and his family. I’ve got another great grand child a little boy as well as a little girl. They are all heading off to the UK to see their dads relatives in Kent tomorrow, they are going to 10 days, hope the weather is kind for them. Lots of love and light, Doreen. Tasmania, Australia.
Friends who are fine, positive and good Hindus will help you most of all. It's important for parents of teenagers to know their teenager's friends. Our strength comes from mixing and interacting with others who are practicing sadhana. "The group helps the individual and the individual helps the group."
Pray to Lord Ganesha before beginning work. Turn everything you do into selfless service, seva, karma yoga. Work becomes worship. Hold the perspective of Sivanadiyar that you are the devoted servant of God Siva. "Do everything you do as Sivathondu. Give up this 'I' and mine."
"As you approach God's home, you can feel the spiritual energy, and as you go inside you are engulfed in peace." Trust in and open up to the deity. God is a very subtle presence. The temple and the murti within it are set up so that anyone can feel God's presence once they have enough devotion. Go to the temple and through the sanctified murti see God. Kumbabishekam purifies the temple, infuses divine energy into the murti. The deity, during puja, resides in the murti. Continuous daily worship perpetuates and over the years strengthens the power of the temple.
Be close to God by going to the temple. By shifting our minds to our religion the flow of positive karma is intensified. Being open and receptive receive the blessings of the deity. Bask in the divine energy radiating out from the murti. Creating a strong tie to the temple, perform a sacred act when you return home. Light a lamp in your home shrine; bring the vibration and summon the devas from the temple.