All that is here, all that we have as a monks... our life, our mission, our path, the glorious unfoldment we strive for every day, the magical manifestation of Gurudeva's vision for Kauai Aadheenam and Iraivan and Saiva Siddhanta which spreads across the world... It is all here because of Siva Yogaswami and the Guru Parampara.
Today on Ashlesha Nakshatra, the monks honor the great sage of Columbuturai, Jaffna in the dim hours at dawn (we had to enhance the photos by adding light...), in the Guru Peetham where we have a small shrine with Siva Yogaswami. We honored him with a small arati before the morning meditation. Not a day goes by when we do not reflect on his Natchintanai or Good Thoughts! They are the lodestar, the North Star, keeping our heads held high, with the unfailing knowledge - Intha aanmaa nitthiyam - The soul Is eternal! We share some of his words...
To go to Himalayan Acres, which is what we call the agricultural endowment lands on the south side of the river across from Iraivan, requires that we drive one mile north of the Aadheenam and then take a left to go west and across the river.
To make that crossing we go over a ford that has about 10, two-foot culverts buried in concrete that take river water under the flat surface that provides a bridge over the rocky base of the river. Of course, when the river is in spate, then 5 feet or more of water flows above the ford, and we cannot makes the crossing.
Recent floods blocked the culvert with rocks and even when the river was low, we could not cross.
Acharya Arumugaswami, who heads the noni operation, was determined to clear the culverts which make ford crossable ever when the river is a little high. Off we went for adventure on dry, sunny day to see what could be done.
Balu and his father Mayuran from Washington have been doing karma yoga for the past few weeks helping in the garden and tending to our cows and horse Trigger. Both have really enjoyed their karma yoga at the monastery.
Aum Namah Sivaya,
Several days ago we celebrated Mahasivaratri in Kadavul Temple. Beginning With a Siva homa, the night continued with a recorded talk by Gurudeva, a silent meditation, a break for coffee and tea, an upadesha by Satguru, and finally a Lingam Abhishekam to the small crystal Lingam which sits at the feet of Lord Nataraja. Aum Namah Sivaya. Sivaya Namah Aum.
Jai Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami!
Aum Namah Sivaya
Today, while still astrologically Mahasivaratri, the monks gathered in the Guru Pitam to witness Natyam Dayanatha take his vows as a tapasvin and become Yogi Dayanatha. Jai!
After reading the addendum to his vows before Bodhinatha, Dayanatha and Satguru then signed them and Dayanatha received his yellow robes, large rudraksha mala and yellow pulnool. Here is a glimpse into this addendum:
"The path of the Saiva yogi is a difficult path. His striving is both inner and outer. Each yogi tapasvin is given a full complement of responsibilities in the monastery while at the same time being expected to ardently pursue his yogic practices. Each year, as he masters his duties, more responsibilities may be placed on his shoulders. He must be self-motivated and burning with desire for Self Realization to sustain the pressures of this life. The outer responsibilities strengthen his will and sharpen his mind, and he takes the thrust of this dedicated service into his meditations each day. During his daily yoga practice, he disciplines his awareness strictly, not pondering or planning his external duties and responsibilities, but turning one-pointedly within, pursuing progressively deeper levels. Thus, the yogi's life is not one of constant worship and meditation, but a dynamic balance of service and sadhana.
"Through all of his activities, he is 'yoked' to the within, remaining affectionately detached from worldly events. His life is a life of lessons--to gain the lessons from each experience is his goal. Thus, meditation serves him in two ways--first as an anchor to the within and second to reap the harvest of a lasting knowledge from experience. Tapas is both a pattern of Hindu monasticism and a state of being within that pattern when the kundalini is active. In speaking of this state of tapas, Gurudeva explains: 'Being in a state of tapas is a volcanic condition. It is an introspective confrontation of the soul and the ego in its many subtle, clever dimensions, having been hardened and fortified by promiscuity, dishonest dealings and other adharmic conduct in this or former lives. The crusty anava is audacious enough to claim itself as the soul. Naturally, the fiery force of the kundalini burns through and separates ignorance from intelligence, ego from soul. The fire of tapas is the unveiling grace of our Supreme God Siva. The ego, or anava, like the hardened stone, can only be melted and remolded in the fiery furnace of tapas, which only the yogi, with permission and guidance from the guru, can perform.'"
Our February 2019 news video covers events in January 2019, including: Our celebrations of Thai Pongal and Thai Pusam, recent progress on Iraivan Temple, and the installation of our 13-foot-tall, bronze statue of Lord Hanuman.
Aum Namah Sivaya
This morning, Satguru, monks, local members and guests enjoyed our monthly padapuja in honor of Gurudeva Sivaya Subramuniyaswami.
Anyone who's been to the monastery before will probably have noticed the large sign at our entrance mandapam. This sign gives a brief introduction to the monastery, our temples and our basic beliefs and practices. Thus, it plays a very important role for our many daily guests. The sign had been slightly outdated for sometime and in need of replacement. So recently our monks designed a new version to be printed on the mainland and shipped here. We've milled a redwood frame for it and it has all been installed. Now guests are able to enjoy it upon their arrival. Aum Namah Sivaya
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