Arumugaswami and Yoginathaswami attended the annual conference of Hawaii Farm Bureau today. It rotates through the islands and is held on Kauai every five years.
It was a good opportunity for networking with our many acquaintances in the agricultural community
Mayor of Kauai was there along with the mayors from the islands (counties) of Maui, Hawaii (the Big Island) and Oahu.
One guest speaker was the chief economist for national farm bureau who spoke challenges facing sustainable agriculture.
Apparently the biggest problem for agriculture is the availability of nitrogen for fertilizer. Today’s primary source of nitrogen in the form of ammonium Nitrate (also used as an explosive) is from oil. Modern agriculture uses hundreds millions of tons of petro chemically based fertilizer. As fossil fuels are depleted, we face fertilizer shortages.
What was not said at the conference: 41% of the fertilizer used in the US in 1999 was for corn and most of that corn was used to feed livestock.
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.