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.
Become an accomplished human being; soar into the fourth dimension. Artists experience mountaintop consciousness. Having their source in humble devotion to the Lord, Saiva cultural arts: singing, drama, dance, playing musical instruments and creative skills strengthen concentration and are a form of worship. Religious art is an expression of the soul nature, bringing the beauty of the within into manifestation.
How Can We Be Strong Saivite Hindus?
Gurudeva: "The time has come for Hindus of all races, all nations, of all cultures, of all sects to stand up and let the peoples of the world know of the great religion of which they are one of the staunch adherents." The first way of learning religion is to memorize its tenants. The challenge of living with Siva means bringing religion into the home, into the family, into our interactions with all other people. Kshama-forbearance and patience. Everything we experience we set in motion. Everything is just the next thing to do. Treat everyone in a friendly and inspiring way. Learn our religion and then live by it.
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