In Bangalore we visiting the RK Mission, which is over 100 years old. The resident Swami Harshananda produced the three-volume Encyclopedia of Hinduism, reviewed in the January issue of Hinduism Today. He said they printed just 2,000 copies last year and have already had several reprints with a total sales over 10,000 copies.
Bodhinatha was invited to give the Sunday evening, English-language lecture. He covered a wide range of topics on Hinduism.
About 400 people attended. It was an educated audience, and very receptive.
This young man, Anand, contacted Bodhinatha about studying the Shum language. Bodhinatha invited Anand to meet him at the RK Mission.
The Mission’s large bookstore.
We proceeded in the evening to the city ashram of Sri Balagangadharanathaswami to meet. Swamiji had just come back to the city and had a very busy schedule the next day, so this late evening meeting was most convenient for all.
Swamiji and Bodhinatha talked mostly about the progress of Iraivan Temple, a project Swamiji has been central to from the very beginning.
Meeting with Choodie Shivaram, Hinduism Today’s Bangalore correspondent, and her daughter at the Golden Palms hotel.
Bodhinatha and Jiva Rajashankara, the Iraivan carving site manager, conduct a business meeting on the project.
Jiva shows the plans for the outer prakaram wall which sits on the edge of the foundation. It is quite a lot of material, but the carving and assembly will be relatively simple compared to what has been done so far.
Another view of the plans and the cross section.
Tomorrow on TAKA, more photos of the trip. We will be seeing you.
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.