The much anticipated and eagerly awaited seminar -- Hindu Tools For Success by Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami has materialized. The event was held at Kala Mandapam, Scott Road, Kandaswamy Temple, Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur on 19th September, 2009. Now, we bring forward to you 3 parts series of some exciting happenings before and during the seminar.
Banners with stands promoting Iraivan Temple and What is Hinduism? book
Sister Vasantha, a graphic designer, created these simple and eye catching banners. Thank you sister for these wonderful banners!!
Youths helping out making a Koolam!!
Kulamatha Lalitha and family members preparing Rudraksha booth.
Video presentation at another corner promoting Iraivan and Aadheenam.
Kulapathi Dhasan and daughter preparing scripts.
Nitya Shankaran helps out decorating the main stage.
Gurudeva on the stage -- a lovely decoration.
Meanwhile, Iraivan’s Floor Stone Fund Raising Team booth had their first direct sponsor. Madhu is explaining and helping a seminar participant.
Hiranya, Kulapathi Balu Devado’s son is now already busy handling partcipants at his booth,Minimela Malaysia.
Attractive fund raising items such a phampltes, key chains, handicrafts, books Gurudeva’s figurine, sacred plants were on display for sales. Participants and devotees joyously purchased for their home. They’d an overwhelming support!!
Seminar participants and church family members waiting for Bodhinatha’s arrival.
It was raining heavily in Kuala Lumpur for the past few days. However, as soon as Bodhinatha set His Holiness feet at Kalamandapam, the rain stopped, clouds cleared and we’re getting very excited. We knew today would be a great evening with His presence.
Bodhinatha was given pada puja and then HH gently stepped into to Kalamandapam.
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.