The week Down Under is still unraveling its amazing energy in our lives, as we connect with those we met in Melbourne during the "world's largest interfaith gathering."
The Hinduism today editorial team is just today completing an article for the next edition of the magazine, which you can all look forward to reading. For today, we offer a phew photos and some reflections on the event.
Some 200 religions were said to be represented among the 6,000 who attended.
It is not uncommon for the great saints and acharyas of Hinduism to meet one another at massive gatherings, especially within India, but the Parliament of the World's Religions proved to be something special.
Yes, there were great Hindu leaders there, but they were not just mingling among themselves. They were discussing issues with the world's leading rabbis and bishops, imams and leaders of dozens of world faiths.
1. That intersection of religions holds the potential for cross-pollination between faiths, and the creating of links and understandings that may, if pursued thoughtfully, even bring into focus solutions to the many plights facing the human race.
The issues in Melbourne were staggering: climate catastrophe, poverty, wars, justice, the rights of indigenous peoples, interfaith harmony and more.
But the mood was sanguine, and the voices of hope bold.
In cloistered chambers Hindus were both teaching and touching the hearts of humanity, though its leaders.
In the halls business cards were exchanged, harbingers of collaborations yet to come, conversations yet to happen.
The swamis from around the world had a poised presence and a powerful message of peace, compassion and tolerance.
In all, one had the impression that the Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists were not only a colorful delegation of their traditions but a unique voice of the Parliament, one that was more internal, more grounded in the powerful possibility of a change of consciousness as a key among the solutions that the human race must embrace.
A Buddhist message of peace provided a fitting climax as the Dalai Lama urged humanity toward higher ideals, gentle means and a sense of the oneness of all.
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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.