Bodhinatha visited San Antonio to speak at the Hindu Temple in Helotes. Here, Dr. Narasimha Pemmaraju Rao, a renowned physician and long-time friend of the monastery, introduces Bodhinatha to the group.
Bodhinatha spoke eloquently, giving practical suggestions for Hindu temples and families.
The group, though a small one of about 25, was very eager to hear Bodhinatha's message. On the right is a family from Austin who recently visited the monastery. They drove down to meet Bodhinatha and hear him speak.
The next morning Bodhinatha met with Viji Kumaraswamy at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. She manages a portion of the assets for Hindu Heritage Endowment. To our mutual delight, it came out in the conversation that Viji was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and spent the first seven years of her life living in the village of Kokuvil in Jaffna. Her relatives are still there managing a tea packaging and distribution operation.
Next we drove north to Austin to meet with our representatives at Apple Education about our upcoming computer hardware refresh, which we now do every three years. It was a rich meeting, full of useful details to help us make the best choices about the hardware we purchase for the monastery.
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.