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.
"Adjust yourself to the realization that you are a divine being, a self-effulgent, radiant being of light."
Jyoti is the Sanskrit word for inner light. To bestow on devotees terms that were more specific, Gurudeva developed the Shum Language of Meditation. In Shum the word for the light that lights up the mind is balikana. During Shum meditation there is an indrawing of forces to realize balikana, a moon-like glow, leading to iftye a deeper kind of inner light which, in turn, leads to milinaka, a sustained iftye which doesn't go away and can be sustained after we've finished our meditation.