Bodhinatha had a busy morning as there were many requests for darshan. Long time devotees, Kulapati and Kulamata Shyamadeva and Peshanidevi Dandapani are here from Alaska.
Meena Nagalingam on the left is daughter of Pathmaraja and Nageswary Nagalingam her from Malaysia with Shamalah Nataraja.
We have known Meena since she was just a baby in Nageswary’s arms and it is wonderful to see the next generation sitting with Gurudeva’s successor.
Mr. Durairaj from California is one of the many great temple sevaks in America. For decades he and others have worked and served selflessly at the Malibu temple in California. These families who have stay with the task of keeping our temples are the backbone of Hinduism in America.
The Durairaj family are lifetime subscribers of Hinduism Today and have known Gurudeva and the swamis for many years. They have a brief chat with Paramacharya Palaniswami.
Paramacharya Ceyonswami talks with guests in the temple.
Surendra and Dedrajie Rajpal with their sons. They are also lifetime subscribers of Hinduism Today and supporters of Iraivan. Surendra appreciates what Hinduism Today is doing and also sends and annual donation to support the magazine production. The visit Kauai every few years.
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.