On August 30, Bodhinatha gave a lecture to about 60 guests at the Sri Meenakshi Temple in Pearland, outside Houston, Texas. His presentation was subtitled, "Will There Be a Third Generation?"
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The temple board honored Bodhinatha with a shawl after his presentation. The talk was quite well received, and several people asked mature questions afterward.
This temple, which has been here for decades, feels very much like a traditional Hindu temple. Bodhinatha's lecture was actually in the original Ganesha temple on the property. The newer main structure housing Siva, Meenakshi and Venkateshwara is just like a traditional South Indian style temple.
In the afternoon, Bodhinatha was the chief guest at an event held at Houston's India House, an impressive multi-million-dollar facility. After Senthilnathaswami gave a presentation introducing Hinduism Today and focusing on how Hindus around the world should consider it their own magazine that they can contribute to in many ways, Bodhinatha gave two presentations: one on Unity and Diversity in Hinduism and another on Religion and the Media. The group of about 70 attendees was rapt.
Bodhinatha then presented an award to Mrs. Kalyani Giri, a renowned journalist who has written for Hinduism Today a number of times and continues to do great work for Hinduism in her field. She was speechless! Congratulations, Kalyani.
Unless kundalini is active, the deepest meditative states are not available to us. But to activate kundalini, Gurudeva tells us we must invoke the grace of Lord Ganesha and Lord Murugan. "Yoga is internalized worship which leads to union with God." Experience the inside of you in a profound way. This requires dispassion. The popular term "kriya yoga" usual refers to a form of pranayama, but the original kriya yoga is defined by Sage Patanajli as the practice of three of the niyamas: tapas, svadhyaya and Isvarapranidhana. To achieve samadhi we practice yoga, steady restraint of mental activities, austerity, meditation, detachment, self study and worship of God. Communion with the Ishta Devata, the chosen God is a key and also Gurudeva tells us: the Deity chooses you.
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