One of the greatest saints that has lived in the last century is Yogaswami of Jaffna. Yogaswami was famous for creating over 3000 devotional verses, often praising god Siva and Nallur Murugan. These songs are rich in Saiva philosophy and morals – all sung in beautiful Jaffna Tamil.
Sivathondan Nilayam (an organization founded by Yogaswami) published a book called Natchinthanai, Collection of These Songs (Good Thoughts).
During my recent visit to Sri Lanka, several schools from Jaffna invited me to give a talk to the students.
Elders from the Sivathondan Nilayam accompanied me to these talks. In the beginning, we spoke about Yogaswami to the children, and elders sang Natchinthanai and children repeated the songs.
This is something new: promoting Yogaswami’s songs in the public schools!
These Natchinthanai sessions went on for 30 minutes and after that I gave my talk. Here the elders of the Sivathondan Nilayam present Natchinthanai books to the school
Siva Siva! Promoting Siva Yoaswami’s songs in the public schools is one of many ways to keep the faith alive and lectures further reinforce that. Young minds can absorb a lot and directed properly can achieve great things in life! Thank you Rishi and the Hindu Monastery!
Very very blessed children to hear & have these enlightening songs of Paramaguru Siva Yogaswamigal.They,for sure will obtain peace,knowledge&courage when they master these songs.Thank you Rishi Thondunatha.Om Namasivaya.
What is Sivatri and the Nature of Nirvikalpa Samadhi
Mahasivaratri: A time of striving to realize Parasiva. In our teachings yoga is the restraint of mental activity (chitta vritti). Nivritti marga-the path of renunciation. Pravritti marga-the path of action or life in worldly society. Ashrama dharma, a mental resting place within the 4 ashramas in life. The day before the new moon, as in monthly Sivaratri, nivritti energy is strong, an excellent time for austerity and meditation. Six Shum words defined related to meditation-withdrawal: kashum, nikashum, shumnikashum, bishumnikashum, abibishumnikashum, haiiaiibishumnikashum. Drawing energy up in to the transcendental Source of energy. Imkaif: Absence of awareness aware of itself. Nonexperience.
Master Course Trilogy, Dancing with Siva, Sloka 97.
Twelve Shum Meditations-Gurudeva's Introduction to the Advaitin.