We continue our story on Bodhinatha’s trip to Australia today with his transit to Adelaide. Here he is arriving at Adelaide airport after a smooth flight from Sydney.
He is met by the President of the Ganesha Hindu Temple in Adelaide, Siva Selvakulalingam (on the right of Bodhinatha), Dr Ravindran, and Prima and Ramani Iyer who travelled on Bodhinatha's 2008 Asian Odyssey Innersearch….
… and Ganga who is usually behind the camera. Bodhinatha will give dashan during the afternoon and give an upadesha at the temple in the evening.
All is ready in the temple for Bodhinatha's arrival.
Aarti is given by Sivanes Selvakulalingam and Prema Iyer as he arrives at the temple.
As the homa begins, Bodhinatha and Haranandinatha worship Lord Ganesha.
An internal moment as the Divine energy builds.
A group of Vedic chanters added their strong voices to the homa and after the abhishaigam.
Around 80 divine souls listens to Bodhinatha's talk on Hinduism and the Temple. It was very well received and produced many comments afterwards.
Gurukal honours Bodhinatha with Siva Selvakulalingam, the President of the Ganesha Temple.
Bodhinatha meets and talks with local Hindus after his talk.
Bodhinatha talks to Gurukal who has been our priest in Adelaide for many years, and with his assistant who arrived in Adelaide in late 2008.
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.