Over the retreat, eight monks went and camped out on the beach at Polihale state park for 3 days and two nights. No phones, no computers. We cooked over the fire. Aside from the camaraderie and swimming, the precious times are in the morning and evening, the sandhya hours.
Meditating on the beach at sunset, we are blessed by the wonders of nature and feel like Vedic sages watching the majestic and awesome turning of the worlds:
Aum Bhur Bhuvah Svaha!
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dimahi
Dyoyo Nah Prachodayat!
Bodhinatha continues with his weekly series of commentaries on The Path to Siva. In this past Sun One talk, he elucidates the four key beliefs in Hinduism, the three pillars of Sanatana Dharma and Gurudeva's three stages of faith. Primary to Hinduism is the key belief that God is within each of us. To have a well-rounded understanding and experience of Hinduism, to make spiritual progress, adhyatma vikasha, we need scripture, humility, temple worship, devotion. To fully experience God we need the guru to give the spark for meditation and deeper wisdom.