A gorgeous cool dry, sunny windy winter day today on Kauai. The United States has a new President and a new beginning! Jai Ganesha!
We are happy to bring you another talk by Bodhinatha today. See the side bar for details and to click and listen to the audio
Saravanathaswami gave news today from the Ekadanta Kulam. He said the new Master Course student Google group was gaining some momentum as student were posing tough questions and other students were coming up with excellent answers. He has also been working on long range planning of Bodhiantha’s future travels, focusing especially on events in Australia next. Meanwhile Bodhinatha is getting more and more invitations to come to other events.
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.