Bodhinatha’s talk today was a commentary on Merging with Siva, Unqualified Surrender and the internalization of worship.
Essence of wisdom and love art Anma.
Vain art deluding charms of weal and woe!
How can these defile your nature?
Can a mirage dissolve the solid ground?
The gracious Feet of the illumined Guru,
Praise with yearning love to thy utmost.
Recall not the chain of past events.
Invoke His grace with ardent zeal.
Like the surge of water from a sluice,
In continual fervour poised in Oneness,
Enjoy in samadhi the nectar of sweet felicity,
Freed from the tension of ends and means.
Thus do thou realise the goal of Mukti (attainment).
Yogi Jivananda performs our homa to start the new phase.
“You and I, He and It,
Fire and water, air and ether,
Corporeal and ethereal beings and all
In dissolution become one with Him.”
Arise early and praise his lustrous Feet.
Worship Him and don the holy ash.
Chant the Letters Five ceaselessly.
Weep and yearn for his Grace.
Honour thy father and mother.
Cherish all beings as you cherish yourself.
Be as expansive as the sky.
Foster the good virtues with zeal;
And do thy duty, do it well.
Let the body act in unison with the mind;
Know thyself and become ThySelf.
A balanced life do thou espouse,
Not perturbed by the tide of ebb and flow.
Sing in praise and chant His Name
For ever with translucent clarity.
Seek not fleeting joys and gains.
Be a mother in abundance of Love, and repose
In the quiescence of speechless felicity.
Thus live for e’er in blissful serenity.
Bodhinatha's Latest Upadeshas: "Not Getting Upset, Viewing Reaction from Higher Faculties" (September 14, 2014)
A measure of how serious we are in making spiritual progress is that we've learned the lesson from experience. Develop the ability to watch the mind think, understand the patterns of emotional action and reaction. Have the sense that you are a divine being to root out imperfections. Becoming upset is a temporary suspension of our higher faculties; transmute the energy into the third eye.
Master Course, Living with Siva, Lesson 149;
Master Course, Merging with Siva, Lesson 152;
Yogaswami, Words of our Master
"Eight Features of the Natha Sampradaya" (September 17, 2014)
We have to discover that part of us that is the Self. One of the important benefits of temple worship is it softens the ego. Recognize and love a Being greater than us, building humility. Go to Lord Murugan; His worship strengthens the kundalini. There's a power in learning through listening, shruti, that which is heard. Tradition, sadhana and tapas, informs, inspires, awakens potential.