Our New Yogi Tapasvin

Jai Yogaswami!
Jai Gurudeva!
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.'"

February 2019 News Video

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.

Gurudeva Padapuja

Aum Namah Sivaya
This morning, Satguru, monks, local members and guests enjoyed our monthly padapuja in honor of Gurudeva Sivaya Subramuniyaswami.

Introducing Our New Introduction

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

A Bright Rainy Day

“Your life wouldn’t be full of rainbows without a little rain”

Recent Guests

From left to right: Daniel Barrows and Katherine Terrien, both talented musicians from Los Angeles California; Emily Iacobucci a veterinarian practicing in Kodiak, Alaska; Sitara Alahan, a lifelong SSC devotee and veterinarian practicing in Nanaimo, BC; the wonderful Sadasivanathaswami; Isani Alahan, mother to Sitara and Priya Alahan and dedicated karma yogini; Priya Alahan, talented photographer and full time child care professional from Seattle, WA; Sara Pakebush a veterinarian teaching and practicing at a technician school at a Navajo reservation in Crownpoint and her husband Ian Norland who teaches middle school in the same area; Laura Maillard a veterinarian practicing in Tucson, AZ. Sitara was blessed to have all of these wonderful, beautiful souls come from far away to celebrate Deva Veylan (not pictured here) and her wedding vow exchange.

Holy Cows!

Yesterday the gate by the Rudraksha Forest was left open and our five dairy cows saw an opportunity to worship Lord Hanuman. They were deeply interested in the bronze masterpiece, and were found licking His feet in adoration. Hanuman has caused one small problem: visitors are drawn to Him now, and ignore the cows who used to enjoy the undistracted attentions of visitors and now seem to feel a bit sidelined by the whole thing.

Temple Cleaning

Recently more progress was made on cleaning the calcite that built up between Iraivan Temple's ceiling joints. This calcite has slowly seeped out of the mortar. Soda blasting seems to be the most effective method of removal. Natyam Dayanatha and Nirvani Tejadevanatha spent a day doing the cleaning. The spots they cleaned are a clear improvement.

Rudraksha Seva

Aum Namah Sivaya

For the last few weeks, Satya Palani has been helping in the woodshop while here on pilgrimage. He's building new wooden racks to be used for pressure washing rudrakshas. Rudraksha sales have been a large portion of the donations that have gone to the construction of Iraivan Temple and these rudraksha cleaning racks are a vital part of the process. Thank you Satya!

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