Marriage in Dravidian Aaiyyanism

Aaiyyanists are free thinkers. We believe that anyone has the right to live and share their lives with another being. The Dravidian Aaiyyanists have never discriminated against anyone choosing to spend their life with anyone else. In fact, 3000 years ago transgendered  Guru Teligian married her longest serving student and successor Guru Davinianal.

In the Aaiyyanist treatise: ‘The Mark’ (300BC) – it lays out the nature of marriage and how it can be a union between two individuals, or even two groups. In the historical story of the founding of the 4th Aaiyyanist Gurudom,  Guru Chahnanian married ten people who were in turn married to ten others such that the collective Ashram that eventually became the City State had an extremely close collective.  A collective so strong due to the fact that everyone was married or were related to one another through marriage. Of course such things maybe impossible in the modern world.

For non-Aaiyyanists, we should give a brief description of what marriage is and the philosophy behind it. In orthodox Dravidian Aaiyyanism, marriage is a sacred vow between two (or more) people to be with each other in this life and the next ten lives. (Some orthodox Hindus believe it is seven incarnations).  Suffice it to say, that marriage is a Holy contract, it is a promise…. a Karmic promise that stretches beyond all physicality and time.

A marriage is between any adults is over the age of 21 in traditional Aaiyyanism, as that is when the basic/intermediate Aaiyyanist training has finished. It is also the time when young Aaiyyanists can join a School and begin to specialise in their training, and thus they are spiritually able to make the Karmic promise of marriage.

There is no concept of sexual relations in the Dravidian Aaiyyanist marriage, it is purely a spiritual affair. Thus the Aaiyyanist is free to marry (make the Karmic promise) to anyone they choose. The nature of sexual relations, Yogic sexual practise and Tantra between man, woman, transgender or other affiliations should be discussed and taught further from the Dravidian Aaiyyanist School that you belong too. You must remember though, there is no discrimination in relations between any genders – all relationships, heterosexual, homosexual, asexual etc are fully permitted in Dravidian Aaiyyanism. The Aaiyyanist is absolutely free to choose their own partner and (in some Schools of thought) they are also encouraged to choose partners outside their chosen sexual preference. Traditionally, Dravidian Aaiyyanists are beyond sex and sexuality and are one with all beings, and this is confirmed by Aaiyyanist practise and doctrine.

Sometimes when a relationship breaks down in this lifetime, people separate and divorce. There is also no real concept of divorce in Dravidian Aaiyyanism. If a relationship breaks down between two individuals or many individuals, then they are free to live apart. This is permissible in Dravidian Aaiyyanism. However, the Karmic promise cannot be broken, so in their next ten incarnations these individuals or groups are destined to meet and form relationships once more. Whether that leads to a Dravidian Aaiyyanist wedding is up to the individuals, but if they do remarry in their next life, then the Karmic bond is reset for anther ten incarnations.

One must remember the purpose of reincarnation, and that is to reset our perceptions and feelings for one another. Even if you remember your past life, you will see it as a passive observer and be able to reconnect up with people in your previous lives that you left, betrayed, hurt etc… and correct the Karmic imbalance.

So in summary, in Aaiyyanism marriage is a Karmic contract with someone or many individuals or whatever gender, and it is a promise to be with them for this life and ten others. If the relationship falls apart in this life, the contract for the ten remaining lives continues on.

Jnana Yoga in the Aaiyyanist Tradition

The Aaiyyanists are the foremost experts in Jnana Yoga. What does this mean?

There are several different types of Yoga in the Hindu tradition. Karma Yoga which is the path of right action (doing good deeds etc… as a way to break the Karmic cycle and liberate yourself from the endless cycle of death and rebirth). Bhakti Yoga which is the path of devotion to a specific god such as Murugan, Shiva, Krishna, Vishnu, Ganesh etc… and in so worshipping the God you can attain a divine joyous liberation that transcends yourself as you merge into the higher being and become the living embodiment of Godhead. Dravidian Aaiyyanists do follow all these Yogic paths, but we are most famous for specialising in various forms of Jnana Yoga.

Jnana Yoga to the lay person is the Yoga of knowledge. In traditional Hinduism there are certain actions or attributes that determine the Jnana Yogic. For example, Viraga or Dispassionate indifference to worldly things – to attain Oneness. Viveka (Discrimination) – the ability to discriminate the difference between the true reality and the illusionary one we see before us… and also the ultimate ability to see the eternal rather than the temporary nature of the Universe we reside in.

The 6 virtues one must master to focus the mind and spirit in Jnana Yoga are called: Satsampat and include: Samadhana (concentration), Shraddha (faith in the truth of Dravidian Aaiyyanist wisdom), Titiksha (endurance of the mind and spirit, especially resilience to extreme conditions and sensory input). Uparati (renunciation of worldly things that are not linked to the spiritual path), Dama (control of one’s will and one’s bodily functions) and Shama (calmness/peacefulness of the mind). To achieve this, traditional Hindus perform three practises: Sravana (hearing), Manana (thinking) and Nididhyasana (meditation)

However, this is just touching the surface of what Dravidian Aaiyyanists mean by the Yoga of Knowledge.

In Dravidian Aaiyyanism there are some simple but powerful tools one can employ to achieve all the aspects above. In Aaiyyanism, one must master all the aspects noted above, but a great tool to aid the learner/practitioner is to memorise and draw the sacred symbols required to open positive Lokas. Let me re-iterate this for it is vitally important. In order to absolutely focus the mind and spirit young Aaiyyanists are taught the sacred scripts required to open positive Lokas (dimensions). Not only does this focus the mind and therefore fulfil all the obligations of Samadhana (concentration), Dama (control), Shama (calmness) – but by opening up positive Lokas one also achieves (by default) the attributes of Shraddha (faith) and Uparati (renunciation). The final aspect Titiksha – endurance of the mind and spirit to endure extremes of conditions (heat/cold, light/dark, positive and negative), will come naturally as you become resonantly attuned to the positive Lokas you will open when you inscribe the sacred symbols. This is inevitable. If you also couple this with Dravidian meditation techniques and the will to inscribe the symbols on a daily basis… within a few years of training you will begin to see the world as a Jnana Yogic. You will be able to discriminate between the true reality and the imagined one and also have an indifference to worldly aspects as you begin to get closer to the ultimate One: Brahman.

When you train to be an Aaiyyanist, you will be shown the sacred symbols that can open positive Lokas into your life. If you draw them on a continuous basis and meditate on them and focus, you will begin to become attuned to the positive dimensions and resonant energy that exists in our plane. Not only will this aid you in your temporal life, but it will help you achieve the liberation to Oneness that you were destined to complete.