Today was the monthly Ardra abhishekam and a number of devotees attended the puja from different places. Afterwards a group met Bodhinatha. Mr and Mrs. Chellappa (far left in photo) are from England, originally from Sri Lanka. His brother is Chandran Wigneswaran of Sydney, whose family organized Bodhinatha's visit there in February.
Prakash Babu, president of Peoria, Illinois temple and his wife came too. Prakash operated the "cherry picker" bucket that lifted Bodhinatha up to the top of the temple tower during the kumbhabhishekam in 2005.
And finally several from Detroit, Michigan. They recalled Bodhinatha attending the Ganesha Temple kumbhabhishekam in Phoenix Arizona because their sister lives there.
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.