Adi Srikantha has been helping the Siddhidatta Kulam with light carpentry work, gardening and miscellaneous tasks, for which we are very appreciative. He'll be going home to Washington soon. Bodhinatha gave some good advice for his future.
What a wonderful life changing time I have had with Bodhinathan and the monastics of Kauai Aadeeham. Beginning with Gurudeva’s Mahasamdhi observances, the inner worlds opened to all, bringing Gurudeva even more alive in our lives. Joining the task force program at the pinicle of this gathering only added to it. I had a “Blast”! Several accually! Prostration At The Holy Feet Of Our Great Guru Paramparai.
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.