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.
Good conduct is right thought, right speech and right action." Apply T-H-I-N-K: true, helpful, inspirational, necessary, kind in our thoughts, words and deeds. "Conduct ourself properly within ourself." Encourage rather than discourage. Praise rather than criticize. Speak an abundance of sincere inspirational words.
"Namaste" and "vanakkam," core practices of greeting. Recognizing that God is within everyone, the same God within me is within you. A Hindu concept not necessarily believed by other religions. Bowing to God is one of the ways we strengthen our humility and lessen our sense of ego and pride.
For peace in the world stop the war in the home." The key to world peace is inside the individual. The most important thing I can do today is be peaceful. Harmony, peace and tolerance radiate out to the community from the home and from the Hindu temple. "Everything is all right, right now." Affirmation is a useful tool to move out of a disturbed state of mind. Practice being in the eternal now.