Our Siddhidata Kulam reported on their work this phase. They put a lot of effort into post storm clean up, our garden and the on-going maintenance of our entire physical infrastructure.
On other fronts, we had a very unusual tour day the other day because everyone was very interested in metaphysics and the Pillaiyar Kulam informs us that they sold 5 sets of the Master Course Trilogy and many other books.
On other fronts, Bodhinatha, Paramacharya Palaniswami and Sannyasin Senthilnathaswami are very focused now on preparing for their trip and participation at the Parliament of the World Religions in Melbourne, Australia, where it is summer time now with temperature reaching 110 degrees fahrenheit.
We got an interesting query from a Hinduism Today reader who is using quotes from Dancing with Siva on Newsweek blog discussions.
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.