|Sannyasins have long found Selva Sannitti Kovil to be Jaffna's most congenial environment for sadhana. At right, long-time Sannidhi resident German Swami Gauribala Giri and associates MK Ganapathypillai (left) and Cinna Swami (centre) stand before Selvasannidhi Murugan Kovil. Photo 1981 by Patrick Harrigan|
The ancient lore of India and Sri Lanka has long been passed down from generation to generation through families who are steeped in the legends of the region over generations. Thus the guru kula refers to a familial culture of sages and rishis who are gurus or teachers (literally, 'heavy', i.e. with wisdom).
The gurus of Deviyange Kaele hail from this ancient line, and it is from age-old teachings that they derive their knowledge and practice. At any time Guru Gama has several gurus or teachers who will instruct and inform those on the quest, from the Pancha Maha Balavegaya - the five main pillars of traditional society:
The Guru Gama is is situated adjacent to villages where the original culture of the area is still plainly alive and visible. The Living Heritage Reserve is a seat that attracts gurus and teachers from the four quarters of Lanka who need a peaceful place in which to commune with themselves, their disciples and students.
A village based on the traditional puranagama will be built to house the gurus who visit us to teach and motivate our staff as well as the villagers in the region. Our resident staff are trained as cultural interpreters in a training program designed to pass on authentic skills that culminated in an examination and a Living Heritage certification. The resident gurus also interact with our guests and become their guides in learning the traditional way of life. Guests may also visit the Guru Gama and watch the translation of ancient texts, have their horoscope charts drawn up, participate in rituals and the preparation of traditional compounds and medicines.
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