Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami gives his weekly upadesha in Kadavul Temple at Kauai’s Hindu Monastery in Hawaii. It is part of a series of talks elaborating on the inspired teachings of Satguru Śivaya Subramuniyaswami as found in his book Merging With Śiva.
“Responsibly resolving karma is among the most important reasons that a satguru is necessary in a sincere seeker’s life. The guru helps the devotee to hold his mind in focus, to become pointedly conscious of thought, word and deed, and to cognize the lessons of each experience. Without the guidance and grace of the guru, the devotee’s mind will be divided between instinctive and intellectual forces, making it very difficult to resolve karma. And only when karma is wisely harnessed can the mind become still enough to experience its own superconscious depths.”
Today a glimpse of the golden murtis of Siva that abide in five niches around the Iraivan vimanam. As you know, this form of God Siva (called Sadasiva or Panchabrahma) is among the most important forms of God found in the Saiva Agamas. Enjoy the darshan of the five 32" tall murtis which now are dressed daily in different colors.
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Today, a song from Saint Tayumanavar for our contemplations.
You, the Being Absolute beyond speech, the ocean of bliss, the light effulgent, leaving me in invincible maya, where did You hide? Alas! Alas! You have offered me as victim to the dark God of death. So hard-hearted is He that easier by far is it to spin yarn out of stone than to expect mercy from Him. So tightfisted is He that He would store a whole sea in a mustard seed. Why You did this I know not.
The recent consecration events at the monastery in March and May have reminded us of the remarkable Adi Saiva community of priests who performed our Mahalingesvara installation with such discipline and purity and who are responsible for most of the Siva temples in nations around the world. Iraivan's opening brought sweet memories of Gurudeva's closeness with this community. From day one he cultivated the relationship with them. One day, in 1995, there was a massive gathering of Sivacharyars in Mumbai, and he was invited to be among them (see the historic photo above.) For many years we have been collaborating with this noble community to protect, preserve and promote the Saiva dharma, as Gurudeva would say.
We asked ChatGPT to tell us a little about this lineage of priests, and here is his answer:
The term "Adi Saiva Sivacharyars" refers to a specific group of priests and scholars who belong to the Saiva Siddhanta tradition of Hinduism. Saiva Siddhanta is a Saivite sect that follows the teachings of Saint Tirumular and the Nayanars, the ancient Tamil poet-saints who composed devotional hymns in praise of Lord Siva.
The Sivacharyars are considered the traditional custodians and interpreters of the holy Agamas and the Saiva Siddhanta philosophy and rituals. They are responsible for preserving and propagating the religious and cultural heritage of the Saiva Siddhanta tradition. These Sivacharyars are highly respected within the Tamil Nadu region of South India, where the Saiva Siddhanta tradition has its roots.
The Adi Saiva Sivacharyars perform various duties and rituals in Siva temples, including conducting pujas (ritual worship), administering sacraments, and providing spiritual guidance to the devotees. They are well-versed in the scriptures and hold deep knowledge of the Saiva Siddhanta philosophy, theology, and rituals.
Aum Namah Sivaya
Today we'd like to announce the release of our latest Web App, which works to fulfill one of Gurudeva's long-standing ideas of a concise collection of our most revered Saiva Siddhanta scriptures.
So click here to view these acred Scriptures of the Saivite Hindu Religion. This online anthology includes english translations of some of our most important and profound texts, with more to come! It includes excerpts from the Vedic Hyms, the Upanishads, the Kamika, Raurava, Sarvajnanottara and Mrugendra Agamas, the Sri Nandikesa Kasika, Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, the Tirumurai and more. Dive in and start discovering what your scriptures are really about. Aum.
Intuition Requires Careful Handling of the Intellect
Virtue yields Heaven’s honor and Earth’s wealth. What is there then that is more fruitful for a man?
There is nothing more rewarding than virtue, nor anything more ruinous than its neglect.
Be unremitting in the doing of good deeds; do them with all your might and by every possible means.
Keep the mind free of impurity. That alone is the practice of virtue. All else is nothing but empty display.
Virtue is living in such a way that one does not fall into these four: envy, anger, greed and unsavory speech.
Don’t tell yourself you’ll be wise enough to practice virtue tomorrow. Do it now, for it will be your deathless companion when you die.
It is utterly superfluous to inquire about virtue’s benefits, so evident in the difference between the palanquin’s rider and bearer.
Not allowing a day to pass without doing some good is a boulder that will block your passage on the path to rebirth.
Only virtuous deeds abound in true joy. All other deeds are empty and devoid of distinction.
Virtue is merely that which should be done in life, and vice is merely that which should be avoided.
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