Srikanth and Haritha Deme, with their three young children, visited Kauai from Texas for the first time while on vacation, stopping over for a day after being on Maui. They are friends of the Master Course student family of Mrunal, Padmaja and Pooja Patel. Padmaja teaches the children in the local temple's Bal Vikas religion classes.
The children are having fun finding out that carving a stone is harder than it looks!
Making sure those protective glasses fit tightly (actually he doesn't want to wear them)
A big hug for the sacred healing rudraksha tree
Visiting Bali Hai falls
Then further down to get feet wet in the cool Wailua River
A happy family…especially the children were bright and bubbly
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.