At last, with the blessings of Gurudeva, we had our Iraivan Temple Donor Appreciation Reception in Anaheim, California. Here is Usha Katir, our gracious coordinator and chief decorator, standing beside Ganesha’s and Gurudeva’s shrine at the event.
Sannyasin Senthilnathaswami was the emcee and presented lots of news and photos about what the monastery has accomplished over the past year, with a special emphasis on the progress of the San Marga Iraivan Temple project.
Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami gave a 45-minute teaching presentation on the yamas and niyamas, good conduct, the goals of life, how to apply basic Hindu principles to our lives in practice, and on moksha. Everyone laughed when he noted that he has a proven way to put an audience to sleep: talk at length about moksha. Most people think that moksha is just for monks. Monks do focus on only two of the four goals of life, dharma (righteousness) and moksha (liberation from the cycle of rebirth), skipping artha (wealth) and kama (pleasure). So, for a talk to a group of family people, Bodhinatha promised to focus on the path leading toward moksha rather than moksha itself. This path of applying Hindu dharmic principles to our everyday lives is a virtuous and rewarding path for everyone.
Shakti Mahadevan and Sheela Rahavendran
Dasan Mahadevan and Senthilnathaswami
Jeff Weiske, a former (and perhaps soon returning) Kauaian
Chandra & Partab Ramsingghani and Tushar & Alka Doshi
Devotees Ram and Nancy from the Vedanta Society
Everyone was invited to visit with Bodhinatha after the presentations.
Usha and Diksha Katir receive blessings from Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami.
Ravi Rahavendran and daughter Aarthi, and Diksha and Usha Katir
Sathya, Mahalakshmi and Prashanthi Manoharan offering us some good humor
Nalini Ganapati with her fiancee, Prasanna Kodapadi, who just arrived from Bangalore.
Focus on being a soul, not the body, mind and emotions. When we think of ourselves as a soul we're able to move forward and get closer and closer to Siva. That's the whole idea of Saiva Siddhanta. A negative self-concept is an obstacle. We can change our self-concept through applying Gurudeva's teachings, affirming every day that we are a divine being. Vasana daha tantra: Going back and understanding experiences; clearing up the reactions to the past.