The Ganapati Kulam just completed all its Hinduism Today work for the April issue of Hinduism’s foremost English-language magazine. Files were sent to the printer yesterday and officially proofed in digital form and signed off to go to press in Missouri.
That makes our team of editors and journalists and web-techies free to complete the project they have been working on for the past three weeks: installing a new floor in the publications building.
After a giant storm which caused the recent flooding of the building, the carpet began to grow strange and unusual creatures and was condemned. We ripped it out, scraped off the old glue, leveled the concrete and are now installing a new flooring, called “Hawaiian Bamboo.”
It is a lot of work! Once the floor is prepared, Tyvek sheeting is placed on the floor as a moisture barrier followed by a thin green layer of soft foam. Here we are this morning as the middle section is being worked on.
The conference room we refer to as the Cedar Room since the entire roof is made of cedar wood has been completed and is being used to hold everything that normally inhabits the space now being re-floored.
The front section of the kulam where we do all our video processing was also completed. It too is piled high….
By noon we had one quarter of the middle bay completed and it was finished by sunset. The other areas are walled off with plastic to prevent concrete dust from getting into the equipment. We hope to be finished sometime next phase. It is a major upgrade, and so much cleaner than a carpet.
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.