Amey Deosthali family is visiting from Dallas. They follow the Sri Vidya tradition and were planning to bring their guru, Shrigurudev Shriniwas Siddhacharya, to meet Bodhinatha also, however he couldn’t make it at the last minute.
The Sri Vidya tradition shares many similarities with Saiva Siddhanta and Dakshinamurti figures prominently, so tomorrow the family will enjoy visiting our big Dakshinamurti when they see Iraivan Temple tomorrow.
Today is the last day of Sadhu Paksha and energy is high at the Aadheenam as we look forward to starting a new season and the annual Maha Ardra Abhishekam for Lord Nataraja on Tiruvembavai day, the 21st which is also the first day of Pancha Ganapati.
This is also the last phase of the Dakshinayane period of the year and the winter solstice will see the sun moving North and days getting longer again.
"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.