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Saiva Dharma Shastras

Saiva Dharma Sastras is a potent edict, an irrevocable commission to my Acharya successors, detailing their future duties...

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Holy Orders of Sannyas

A religious covenant between a sannyasin—one who has renounced the world in service to God Siva—and the divine...

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What Is Hinduism?

Since 1979 the international magazine HINDUISM TODAY has been producing a treasury of educational features on all aspects...

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Testament of Truth

A rich compendium of the life, utterances and teachings of one of the 20th century's greatest Hindu mystics...

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Words of Our Master

Yogar Swamigal was perhaps the greatest of the mystics that lived iin recent times. He was immaculate in...

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Vedic Experience

One of the most stupendous manifestations of the Spirit is undoubtedly that which has been handed down to...

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Tirumantiram

"I want to introduce you to Saint Tirumular who is the very fountainhead of Saiva Siddhanta, and to his scripture, the Tirumantiram, considered the final authority on subtle matters of philosophy and theology in Saiva Siddhanta. In fact, it is said to contain the whole of Saiva Siddhanta. Saint Tirumular is a theologian of our faith, but not merely a theologian. He is also a siddhar, an accomplished yogi. Our Hindu scriptures come from such great men, men who have attained to the deepest realizations through their sadhana and their devotion. When their awareness dwells in the superconscious states resident in all men but penetrated intentionally by only a few, and when they speak out from that state, we consider that it is not man himself who has thus spoken but the Divine through man. Saint Tirumular was such a siddhar, and his words are valued as a divine message for mankind.

"The Tirumantiram delves into the nature of God, man and the universe in its depths and concerns itself with attainment of moksha or liberation. The Tirumantiram is a mystical book and a difficult book. The original text is written in metered verse, composed in the ancient Tamil language. Saint Tirumular is the first one to codify Saiva Siddhanta, the final conclusions, and the first one to use the term "Saiva Siddhanta." It is a document upon which the entire religion could stand,...

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The Songs of Tayumanavar

"The hymns of Thayumanavar bring high solace to life; to hear them is to elevate life and soul. To live them is to enjoy the highest Bliss in spiritual consciousness. They are dynamic song-thrills that spark out of the Bliss-centre. Even a song a day will do to elevate human life towards Divine transcendence. Thayumanavar, is an out and out scripture for Saints and Yogins. It covers the entire field of Yoga and Jnana. It brings high solace to house-holders purifying their mind and heart. It feeds the flames of inner communion in real Yogins. There is not a single Tamilian who does not sing Thayumanavar and find joy in it. Every home cherishes it. Every mother puts her child to bed with its sweet symphony. The hymns of Thayumanavar are sublime music of the Soul, the song of the inner Spirits, and sparks of Divine Essence. It is very difficult to render them into another language. Any how I have ventured to do it during my silent hours of inner Communion with the immortal Spirit of the Saint. Now readers, imagine that the Saint is sitting in your heart while reading these rhythmic lines in deep ingathered tranquillity. They will exalt your thoughts and emotions to Supernal heights of peace and bliss." Dr. B. Natarajan of Chennai (Madras), India (1978)

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Pancha Ganapati

Daddy, why don't we have Christmas? What do we do? Don't we get presents, too? That question was...