The latest consecration occasions on the monastery in March and Could have reminded us of the exceptional Adi Saiva neighborhood of monks who carried out our Mahalingesvara set up with such self-discipline and purity and who’re liable for many of the Siva temples in nations world wide. Iraivan’s opening introduced candy recollections of Gurudeva’s closeness with this neighborhood. From day one he cultivated the connection with them. Someday, in 1995, there was a large gathering of Sivacharyars in Mumbai, and he was invited to be amongst them (see the historic picture above.) For a few years we’ve got been collaborating with this noble neighborhood to guard, protect and promote the Saiva dharma, as Gurudeva would say.
We requested ChatGPT to inform us a bit about this lineage of monks, and right here is his reply:
The time period “Adi Saiva Sivacharyars” refers to a selected group of monks and students who belong to the Saiva Siddhanta custom of Hinduism. Saiva Siddhanta is a Saivite sect that follows the teachings of Saint Tirumular and the Nayanars, the traditional Tamil poet-saints who composed devotional hymns in reward of Lord Siva.
The Sivacharyars are thought of the standard custodians and interpreters of the holy Agamas and the Saiva Siddhanta philosophy and rituals. They’re liable for preserving and propagating the spiritual and cultural heritage of the Saiva Siddhanta custom. These Sivacharyars are extremely revered throughout the Tamil Nadu area of South India, the place the Saiva Siddhanta custom has its roots.
The Adi Saiva Sivacharyars carry out numerous duties and rituals in Siva temples, together with conducting pujas (ritual worship), administering sacraments, and offering religious steering to the devotees. They’re well-versed within the scriptures and maintain deep data of the Saiva Siddhanta philosophy, theology, and rituals.