Bodhinatha is now on his way to Delhi having completed the mission in Mauritius. Highlights of events in Mauritius will be coming through photos in the days ahead. This trip was a great step forward for many of the sishya received initiations taking them deeper on the path of Saiva Neri. Bodhinatha’s meeting with students and the all day seminar at the Vivekananda Center also nurtured a large group along the path. The monks at Kauai Aadheenam want to thank all the members in Mauritius for their hard work and 150% dedication to make the trip such a success! Now: a report from there on some of the events.
We are sending a few photos of Bodhinatha’s activities in Mauritius. On Saturday morning Bodhinatha paid a courtesy visit to the Human Service Trust in Callebasse. Then Bodhinatha paid another visit to the Rama Krishna Mission.
Another meeting which took place in Floreal was one with trainee catalysts who are actually teaching the Saivite Hindu Religion to the youth.
Among other important points raised, Bodhinatha stressed on the need for catalysts to clearly explain to parents that the SHR class is a saivite course and to give them an orientation on saivism.
Roshan and Vandana Nathoo hosted the meeting at their residence.
Another meeting was held at another centre in the Cyber City at Ebene for active Master Course students who who have enrolled themselves to study with Bodhinatha. Many of them are about to complete their Level One and Two study of the Master Course.
The centre looks very beautiful and uplifting inside.
The group had some refreshments after the meeting.
Here is Bodhinatha in the lobby area of Sheraton Four Seasons Hotel, a few metres from the centre where the meeting with Master Course students took place.
Earlier during the day, Bodhinatha paid a courtesy visit to members of the Mauritius Tamil Federation in Moka. Several topics were raised regarding the way temples are organised in Mauritius through the federation and there were a few points raised on Saivism.
The president of the MTTF has asked Bodhinatha to sign the federation Visitors’ Book.
A photo with kulapatis and members of the federation.
Bodhinatha for a souvenir with the representative of the MTTF. In the background one can see a statue of Tiruvalluvar seated.
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.