This marvelous place is a much appreciated oasis with Singapore -- a bustling, high-powered modern area.
This part of morning was particularly enjoyed by Bodhinatha -- the National Orchid Garden which resides within the botanical garden. Here he is with Sadhaka Nandinatha.
Aside from possessing a stunning collection of any plant you can imagine, we came across a series of lovely fountains and sculptures. This particular piece incorporates both -- a two-tiered fountain with (they may be hard to spot) a couple of bronze cranes therein. The crane is a national symbol of Singapore.
The gardens have been functioning as such for over 100 years, giving these giants of nature plently of time to grow in a protected environment.
Arumugaswami was lucky enough to be able to meet with our team from Sampoorna Printers based in Malaysia. The nature of the visit was to discuss a current project of Himalayan Academy to produce a series of stories for children entitled, "Modern Hindu Children's Stories." Based on the 10 yamas and 10 niyamas, the stories, though not limited to them, the series of stories elucidates in clear speech the ways in which children can learn Hinduism's knowledge on leading a dharmic life. Selvam (centre) is our project manager at Sampoorna and we're happy to say we've had the delight of working with him for the past several years. Accompanying him was Subramaniam (right), a cheif designer for the company. Our first meeting with him proved enlightening. Subramaniam is highly gifted within his field and provided various samples for cover artwork, layout, design, color coordination, etc.
It was a fruitful and enjoyable meeting.
Our ladies sang our Siva Yogaswami's Natchintanai with such eloquence and devotion.
This evening, Sivakumar and Bhani perform pada puja to Bodhinatha. Sivakumar's conviction when incanting the mantras was felt by all.
Following the pada puja, and with interest, our attendees listen to Bodhinatha's upadesa.
Bodhinatha spoke on the nature of a sadhana-based life amidst a modern, busy one. A flagship concept of Bodhinatha's teaching is maintaining harmony and consistency within one's life, with sadhana at it's core.
A small group photo with community elders.
Devotees eagerly awaiting their Master Course Trilogy books to be signed by Bodhinatha.
With books signed and imparted with words from the satguru, devotees depart the satsang with rejuvenated gusto and emboldened goals for their personal spiritual lives.
"Temples with multiple deities can be confusing, especially for today's Hindu youth. For clarity, we need to bring forward a more precise understanding of the different Hindu denominations and how the different Gods are viewed from within each denomination. For spiritual advancement it is best to focus on one deity and get to the vibration that deity. When we hear teachings from various Hindus, it is important to understand and identify which denomination they are speaking from. This will avert confusion when that teaching gets contradicted in a different context where someone is talking about the same subject but from a different philosophical background."
Bodhinatha reviews the main characteristic of Saivite philosophy and practice with an indepth focus on the four stages of religions evolution, chariya, kriya, yoga and jnana. He highlights how this shows that Saiva Siddhanta is unique and quite from the modern practice of Hinduism as Vedanta