In the Press shop the last days of production of the April issue of Hinduism Today are still underway. Periodically we print other items on the same sheet as the cover of Hinduism Today as the cost for 4-color printing on quality paper when we do it this way is incredibly low. In the printing business its called a “gang job” where you “gang up” many different items on the same sheet of paper.
We frequently do charity jobs for our local county as it Gurudeva set a pattern for the monastery to contribute to the local community from behind the scenes.
One of these initative’s he started years ago was the “Aloha Card” which has become a key tool for our county tourism marketing of the island of Kauai.
We have printed 100’s of thousands of this little card over the past 15 years and it continues. The Mayor’s office recently ran out and we are doing a reprint.
This card will end up in the hands of people all over the world as it is given out here on Kauai through numerous channels and also distributed as far away as in Tokyo when Kauai representativeS go there to help promote tourism to our little paradise in the middle of the Pacific.
We will be printing about 180,000 of these next month. That should last a while!
Kindness, expressed with tenderness. Lokahi
Unity, expressed with harmony. `Olu`olu
Agreeable, expressed with pleasantness. Ha`aha`a
Humility, expressed with modesty. Ahonui
Patience, expressed with perseverance.
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.