Today before noon all the monks went down to the monastery entrance to say good-bye to Bodhinatha and Senthilnathaswami.
~~~~~~~~~~~ END OF PHASE
Today is the last day of our phase.
This edition of TAKA will remain posted
over our coming two-day retreat,
until Navami Tithi, Sun One, Friday, August 28th.
Past the new MiniMela which will be landscaped in the next week or so.
Past a Pritchardia palm, a towering native of Hawaii.
Thondunatha had arrived for a week, and offers to help Senthilnahaswami with his luggage.
Right on time, Bodhinatha arrives.
Cheerful and ready to travel, as he often does. They are off to California and Texas for about a week.
All come forward to say aloha.
They will be giving four major Keynote presentations in two places in Texas.
As Gurudeva would often say at this moment, Up, up and away!
On Sun One there was a Chitra Puja for Gurudeva. While watching Yogi Jivanandanatha and Sadhaka Tejadevanatha perform the rites, we offer an excerpt from Gurudeva’s Spiritual Tookbox, a chapter he calls “No time for spiritual practice?” He begins with a key: Consistency is the key to the conquest of karma. Then continues:
For spiritual unfoldment, we must perform sadhana. Sadhana is a
repetition; time and time and time and time and time again of the
same spiritual practice.
The spiritual practice should be reasonable, should not take up too much
time, and should be done at the same time every day. Often seekers who
become associated with Hindu sadhana go to extremes and proceed with
great vigor in an effort to attain results immediately. Sitting two or three
hours a day, they wear themselves out and then stop. Hereís a formula for
beginners: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, twenty minutes
to a half an hour of sadhana at the same time every day; Saturday and
Sunday, no sadhana.
A question came up about meditation. ìWhen is the best time to meditate?
Well, the best time to meditate is before dawn, but there are several
other times to meditate too. Just before you go to bed at night, read some
scripture. Sit and meditate and lift your energies into the head before sleep.
It says… “They will be giving four major Keynote presentations in two places in Texas.”
where in Texas? we have many friends in Austin who would love to attend the presentation, if it’s pubblic… Thank you!
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.