Our mother is going around talking with and getting to know all the monks.
Paulette has made a deep and broad study of the non-Abrahmic “alternative” religious-spiritual traditions, and is an intellectually astute lady which makes for lively conversation. She is quick to point out that trying to identify commonalities between the Gods of different traditions is more a “left-brained way of thinking” an intellectual contrivance. To say that “The Greek Zeus was the same as Odin in the Norse faith (Northern Germanic religion) is the same as Siva in Hinduism” tends to overlook the deeply unique qualities and attributes of each of these Gods as understood within their native cultural context. She says, “I think it is better just to take each of the Gods and Goddesses as they are in their own context and let the diversity of it all just be that which it really is, a rich diversity.”
Of course as we all know Hinduism encompasses much of what is practiced and believed in by the “pagans.” Paulette makes this statement on the Wiccan Interfaith Council International web site:
“Now we come to celebrate our religion, known as “the Craft of the Wise” and “the Olde Religion”. We do declare that our faith is built upon the worship of the Gods who originated with the birth of Mother Earth.
“Our practice is in accordance with the five laws of Nature, known as Air, Fire, Water, Earth, and Spirit. We understand that all power and knowledge, prosperity and wisdom, flow from this Divine source.”
Sounds a lot like Sanatana Dharma to me!
This morning Amma spent time in the Ganapati Kulam.
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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.