News from our travelers in India. We hear it has been a very dynamic trip.
Here is Bodhinatha visiting with Nellaiappan’s daughter, Rajalakshmi, her husband Ramalingam and their daughters at the Golden Palms hotel near the Iraivan Temple carving site in Bangalore.
Then to visit Kailash Ashram, a matha dear to our heart. Bodhinatha is greeted in the traditional way.
Exiting the powerful Sri Rajarajeshwari Temple after darshan.
(Today is the last day of our phase.This edition of TAKA will remain posted over our coming two-day retreat, until Sun One, Friday, December 20.)
The gurukulam boys take Bodhinatha to meet Sri Jayendra Puri Swami.
Bodhinatha is greeted by Sri Sri Sri Jayendra Puri Swami, head of Kailash Ashram and an old friend. This is the same room where Sri Sri Sri Tiruchyswami would receive us.
The traditional shawl and garland are given in greeting.
Later Bodhinatha visits the man-made meditation caves recently built at the ashram. One can enter the cave for a length of time up to one month. The devotee must remain in silence and receives food through this small door as per his request.
Another inside view of the caves
The ashram has a display showing Sri Sri Sri Trichy Mahaswamigal in his room, surrounded by the simple accoutrements of his austere life. They created a very realistic murti of their guru.
A smile with the gurukulam boys and ashram members.
Arumugaswami writes, “As we sit for lunch, the gurukulam boys chant for us. There is no talking at all while eating, and the boys take turn chanting melodically throughout the meal.”
Within our Saiva Siddhanta Holy Scriptures the Saiva Agamas explain the basis of temple ceremonies and worship plus yoga and jnana. The Tirukural was considered by Gurudeva to be "the most accessible and relevant sacred text." In it are practical and helpful guidelines for our conduct in every day life. The point of family life is to gain steady improvement, forever, in self control in the midst of responsibilities in the fulfillment of family dharma. Meanwhile, not taking detachment too far but taking it in the sense of spiritually looking for happiness, not outside in other people or possessions, the world, but inside ourselves and then sharing it with family and friends. "We regard the writings of our satgurus as scripture."
Path to Siva, Lesson 20
Tirukural, Introduction and Contents
Tirukural, Chapter 15 Possession of Self-Control
"The temple enables us to feel the presence of God, Gods and devas." We use our inner eyes to see what's going on in the temple, the three worlds. In the temple we're being good dvaitists in the dimfi perspective, focused in bhakti upon God Siva. In meditation we're monists, in the shumif perspective. We claim our oneness with Siva, Sivoham, I am Siva. In surrender, shrinking the ego through devotion, we have a realization that we're not the doer, that Siva is doing it all. Siva's energy comes through our soul.