Gurudeva's legacy of authentic Hindu resources is astonishing. He worked with the monks for years on the Insight Sections in each issue of Hinduism Today. After decades of such work, there emerged the book, "What Is Hinduism?"
In 46 chapters it outlines the philosophical, cultural and religious dimensions of Hinduism.
Two years back we asked, "Wouldn't it be wonderful if the book was all in film, on the screen, maybe to be distributed by PBS or the History Channel?"
So, we set about to do just that, and found the Ajay and Anasuya Shetty family in New Delhi to undertake the ask. Anasuya's father and mother are the theater and film couple that took India by storm in the 80s when he produced the Ramayana tales on Indian TV. It captivated the entire nation. Now they are all working together on our first episode, a 22-minute film on The Nature of God.
Today they sent some stills from Delhi. That's Ajay at the camera, setting up the narrator of the story.
She is Geeta Chandran, the most famous Bharatnatyam dancer in all of India.
Geeta will be the voice that takes us through the film as we discover the profound vision that Hinduism has for the divine. Next year, we will have the film to show you.
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Aum Sivaya, I remember Ramayana TV serial, for that one hour every week, it was as if there was a curfew on the streets! It really captivated everyone. I can’t wait to see this one. Till then may I suggest everyone the beautiful DVD created by Kauai’s Hindu Monastery “Introduction to Hinduism” a concise accurate overview of Hinduism, very hard to find anywhere else. Aum.
Brilliant project! I am sure the film will be a great hit both among Hindus and non-Hindus alike. Also you could not have chosen a better narrator and I am looking forward to the film with great enthusiasm. 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.