Yogaswami’s Messages in English

Yogaswami Sings with DevoteesSiva Yogaswami’s song were the panacea he created to guide and uplift his devotees. Many miracles are ascribed to those who sang his songs, the majority of which he sang for particular individuals in response to a specific need or occasion. When devotees would appeal for help or were in need of guidance, Swami’s response was a song, often for them to sing themselves to make their appeal to the Divine.

He said, “Sing to melt the very stones!” and he himself was a master artist and song composer. His lyrics arose spontaneously from his superconscious, without any need for “word craft” … verses just flowed from him in consummate Tamil akin to the magical Tamil of the Saiva Saints like Arunagirinathar.

While the Tamil and music is beautiful, the message is the key and to make this heritage available to the next generation we need to have some of his songs in English. And audio today is a primary channel for the next generation. After his passing his four chief disciples created the book “Natchintanai, Songs and Sayings of Yogaswami, Translated from the Original Tamil.” Published by the Sivathondan Society (currently not available in the US) Kulamata Bhavani Param was inspired to take some of these translations and sing them in traditional ragam (melodic scales) with her grand-daughter Sandhyadevi. Two songs are now available on line (SivaSiva App users can download these on the “Recent Additions” in the Listen Portal.)

Divine Grace Sweeps Over
Malahari Ragam, Rupaka Talam

Guru Bhakti, Greatest Blessing
Mohana Ragam, Rupaka Talam

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Aum Namah Sivaya

"That which is neither conscious nor unconscious, which is invisible, impalpable, indefinable, unthinkable, unnameable, whose very essence consists of the experience of its own self, which absorbs all diversity, is tranquil and benign, without a second, which is what they call the fourth state--that is the Atman. This it is which should be known."- Atharva Veda, Mandukya Upanishad 7.VE, 723

Sadhu Paksha Continues

During these few weeks of Sadhua Paksha, the monastics have been enjoying a different morning routine. Instead of their usual group Siva puja and meditation they are rising before the sun to wander through nature and perform their sadhana. Here are a few images from their wanderings.

Today We Worship Our Gurudeva

Devotees around the world are honoring Gurudeva today. It has been 5,738 days since his Great Departure, and today was our 209th monthly honoring of that day. A devotee sent an amazing and apt video of Nallur Temple festival in Sri Lanka.

The interesting thing is that the sound track is Yogaswami's Natchintanai talking about Nallur, where he met his guru, Chellappaswami. The power of the paramparai can be seen in this short video, a power enhanced by the fact that Chellappaswami lived in the chariot house on the temple grounds for years.

It was here, too, that he shook the bars and demanded from Yogaswami, "Who do you think you are?" That question was the seed of all that Kauai's Hindu Monastery is today.

Remember, we are going to Nallur Temple in Jaffna in February, 66 of us. Jai Nandinatha Sampradaya!

See the video here

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