Path to Siva

The Online Course

A catechism of Saiva Siddhanta for youth, drawn from the Master Course Trilogy, exploring how to live life, know the Divine, honor all creation and see God everywhere, in everyone. In sixty-eight lessons, this course conveys the basics of a 3,000-page Master Course Trilogy created by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (Gurudeva, 1949-2001), a legacy of profound, approachable teachings in three realms: philosophical, cultural and mystical. Path to Siva is a Mini-Master Course created by Gurudeva's successor to inspire youth to know and follow that venerable way of wisdom embodied in the Saiva Siddhanta traditions of South India and Sri Lanka.

Course curriculum

  • 1
    Lesson 1: Who Am I and Where Did I Come From?
    • Introduction
    • Who Am I and Where Did I Come From?
    • Lesson Test
  • 2
    Lesson 2: Where Am I Going? What Is My Path?
    • Introduction
    • Where Am I Going? What Is My Path?
    • Lesson Test
  • 3
    Lesson 3: What Is the Ultimate Goal of Life?
    • Introduction
    • What is the Ultimate Goal of Life?
    • Lesson Test
  • 4
    Lesson 4: What Is a Religion?
    • Introduction
    • What is a Religion?
    • Lesson Test
  • 5
    Lesson 5: What Is Hinduism?
    • Introduction
    • What Is Hinduism?
    • Lesson Test
  • 6
    Lesson 6: Is Hinduism a Religion or a Way of Life?
    • Introduction
    • Is Hinduism a Religion or a Way of Life?
    • Lesson Test
  • 7
    Lesson 7: What Are the Main Hindu Denominations?
    • Introduction
    • What Are the Main Hindu Denominations?
    • Lesson Test
  • 8
    Lesson 8: What Is Saivite Hinduism?
    • Introduction
    • What Is Saivite Hinduism?
    • Lesson Test
  • 9
    Lesson 9: What Is Saiva Siddhanta?
    • Introduction
    • What Is Saiva Siddhanta?
    • Lesson Test
  • 10
    Lesson 10: What Is Monistic Theism?
    • Introduction
    • What Is Monistic Theism?
    • Lesson Test
  • 11
    Lesson 11: Who Is Siva?
    • Introduction
    • Who Is Siva?
    • Lesson Test
  • 12
    Lesson 12: What Are Siva's Three Perfections?
    • Introduction
    • What Are Siva’s Three Perfections?
    • Lesson Test
  • 13
    Lesson 13: How Can We See God?
    • Introduction
    • How Can We See God?
    • Lesson Test
  • 14
    Lesson 14: What Are Siva's Traditional Forms?
    • Introduction
    • What Are Siva's Traditional Forms?
    • Lesson Test
  • 15
    Lesson 15: What Is the Meaning of Siva's Dance?
    • Introduction
    • What Is the Meaning of Siva's Dance?
    • Lesson Test
  • 16
    Lesson 16: What Is the Namaḥ Śivāya Mantra?
    • Introduction
    • What Is the Namaḥ Śivāya Mantra?
    • Lesson Test
  • 17
    Lesson 17: What Are the Beliefs of Saivism?
    • Introduction
    • What Are the Beliefs of Saivism?
    • A Creed for Saivite Hinduism
    • Lesson Test
  • 18
    Lesson 18: What Is Our Affirmation of Faith?
    • Introduction
    • What Is Our Affirmation of Faith?
    • Lesson Test
  • 19
    Lesson 19: What Is the Nature of Life for Saivites?
    • Introduction
    • What Is the Nature of Life for Saivites?
    • Lesson Test
  • 20
    Lesson 20: What Are Our Holy Scriptures?
    • Introduction
    • What Are Our Holy Scriptures?
    • Lesson Test
  • 21
    Lesson 21: What Are the Three Worlds?
    • Introduction
    • What Are The Three Worlds?
    • Lesson Test
  • 22
    Lesson 22: What Is the Nature of Our Soul?
    • Introduction
    • What Is the Nature of Our Soul?
    • Lesson Test
  • 23
    Lesson 23: Why Are We Not All-Knowing Like Siva?
    • Introduction
    • Why Are We Not All-Knowing Like Siva?
    • Lesson Test
  • 24
    Lesson 24: Are Souls and World Essentially Good?
    • Introduction
    • Are Souls and World Essentially Good?
    • Lesson Test
  • 25
    Lesson 25: What About Evil, Hell and Sin?
    • Introduction
    • What About Evil, Hell and Sin?
    • Lesson Test
  • 26
    Lesson 26: Who Is Lord Ganesha?
    • Introduction
    • Who Is Lord Ganesha?
    • Lesson Test
  • 27
    Lesson 27: Who Is Lord Murugan?
    • Introduction
    • Who Is Lord Murugan?
    • Lesson Test
  • 28
    Lesson 28: What Is Bhakti?
    • Introduction
    • What Is Bhakti?
    • Lesson Test
  • 29
    Lesson 29: Who Are the Devas?
    • Introduction
    • Who Are the Devas?
    • Lesson Test
  • 30
    Lesson 30: What Are the Path's Four Stages?
    • Introduction
    • What Are the Path's Four Stages?
    • Lesson Test
  • 31
    Lesson 31: What Is Karma?
    • Introduction
    • What Is Karma?
    • Lesson Test
  • 32
    Lesson 32: What Is Dharma?
    • Introduction
    • What Is Dharma?
    • Lesson Test
  • 33
    Lesson 33: What Is Reincarnation?
    • Introduction
    • What Is Reincarnation?
    • Lesson Test
  • 34
    Lesson 34: How Do We Prepare For Death?
    • Introduction
    • How Do We Prepare For Death?
    • Lesson Test
  • 35
    Lesson 35: Why Is the Satguru So Important?
    • Introduction
    • Why Is the Satguru So Important?
    • Lesson Test
  • 36
    Lesson 36: What Is Our Heritage of Gurus?
    • Introduction
    • What Is Our Heritage of Gurus?
    • Lesson Test
  • 37
    Lesson 37: What Are the Two Paths?
    • Introduction
    • What Are the Two Paths?
    • Lesson Test
  • 38
    Lesson 38: Who Are Our Holy Men and Women?
    • Introduction
    • Who Are Our Holy Men and Women?
    • Lesson Test
  • 39
    Lesson 39: Who Are the Four Great Tamil Saints?
    • Introduction
    • Who Are the Four Great Tamil Saints?
    • Lesson Test
  • 40
    Lesson 40: What Is Our Code of Conduct?
    • Introduction
    • What Is Our Code of Conduct?
    • The Ten Restraints (Yamas)
    • The Ten Observances (Niyamas)
    • Lesson Test
  • 41
    Lesson 41: What Are Our Five Core Practices?
    • Introduction
    • What Are Our Five Core Practices?
    • Lesson Test
  • 42
    Lesson 42: How Do We Use Affirmations?
    • Introduction
    • How Do We Use Affirmations?
    • Lesson Test
  • 43
    Lesson 43: What Is Sadhana?
    • Introduction
    • What Is Sadhana?
    • Lesson Test
  • 44
    Lesson 44: What Is Yoga?
    • Introduction
    • What Is Yoga?
    • Lesson Test
  • 45
    Lesson 45: What Is Japa?
    • Introduction
    • What Is Japa?
    • Lesson Test
  • 46
    Lesson 46: What Is Meditation?
    • Introduction
    • What Is Meditation?
    • Lesson Test
  • 47
    Lesson 47: How Do We Meditate?
    • Introduction
    • How Do We Meditate?
    • Going into Meditation
    • Meditate on a Subject of Your Choice
    • Meditate on Five Forms of Siva Consciousness
    • Coming Out of Meditation
    • Lesson Test
  • 48
    Lesson 48: Why Do We Practice Ahimsa?
    • Introduction
    • Why Do We Practice Ahimsa?
    • Lesson Test
  • 49
    Lesson 49: Why Are We Vegetarians?
    • Introduction
    • Why Are We Vegetarians?
    • Lesson Test
  • 50
    Lesson 50: How Do We Treat the Environment?
    • Introduction
    • How Do We Treat the Environment?
    • Lesson Test
  • 51
    Lesson 51: What Is the Ideal Home?
    • Introduction
    • What Is the Ideal Home?
    • Lesson Test
  • 52
    Lesson 52: How Do We Receive Guests?
    • Introduction
    • How Do We Receive Guests?
    • Lesson Test
  • 53
    Lesson 53: How Do We Use Our Home Shrine?
    • Introduction
    • How Do We Use Our Home Shrine?
    • Lesson Test
  • 54
    Lesson 54: What Are Our Saiva Forehead Marks?
    • Introduction
    • What Are Our Saiva Forehead Marks?
    • Lesson Test
  • 55
    Lesson 55: What Is Good Conduct?
    • Introduction
    • What Is Good Conduct?
    • Lesson Test
  • 56
    Lesson 56: What Is the Hindu Way of Greeting?
    • Introduction
    • What Is the Hindu Way of Greeting?
    • Lesson Test
  • 57
    Lesson 57: How Do We Get Along With Others?
    • Introduction
    • How Do We Get Along with Others?
    • Lesson Test
  • 58
    Lesson 58: What Is the Value of Spiritual Friends?
    • Introduction
    • What Is the Value of Spiritual Friends?
    • Lesson Test
  • 59
    Lesson 59: How Do We Practice Karma Yoga?
    • Introduction
    • How Do We Practice Karma Yoga?
    • Lesson Test
  • 60
    Lesson 60: What Is the Purpose of the Temple?
    • Introduction
    • What Is the Purpose of the Temple?
    • Lesson Test
  • 61
    Lesson 61: How Do We Visit the Temple?
    • Introduction
    • How Do We Visit the Temple?
    • Lesson Test
  • 62
    Lesson 62: How Can We Strengthen Our Temple?
    • Introduction
    • How Can We Strengthen Our Temple?
    • Lesson Test
  • 63
    Lesson 63: What Is Our Form of Prayer?
    • Introduction
    • What Is Our Form of Prayer?
    • Lesson Test
  • 64
    Lesson 64: How Do We Celebrate Festivals?
    • Introduction
    • How Do We Celebrate Festivals?
    • Lesson Test
  • 65
    Lesson 65: How Do We Observe Pilgrimage?
    • Introduction
    • How Do We Observe Pilgrimage?
    • Lesson Test
  • 66
    Lesson 66: Why Should We Learn a Cultural Art?
    • Introduction
    • Why Should We Learn a Cultural Art?
    • Lesson Test
  • 67
    Lesson 67: How Can We Be Strong Saivite Hindus?
    • Introduction
    • How Can We Be Strong Saivite Hindus?
    • Lesson Test
  • 68
    Lesson 68: How Do We View Other Faiths?
    • Introduction
    • How Do We View Other Faiths?
    • Lesson Test
  • 69
    Resource: Hatha Yoga
    • Hatha Yoga
    • Set 1
    • Set 2
    • Set 3
    • Set 4
    • Set 5
    • Set 6
    • Set 7
    • Set 8
  • 70
    Glossary
    • Glossary