Bodhinatha, Arumugaswami and Sadhaka Nandinatha are moving quickly in India. No time for sending photos. But we will see them all later.
Bodhinatha sends brief snippets from their journey:
Om Sivaya, everyone,
Definitely the photos will give a better impression of what we are experiencing than the words. Omkarananda Ashram took us to two of their nearby schools in the morning, Omkarananda Saraswati Nilayam and Omkarananda Management and Technology Institute. English medium where we gave a talk on BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India and China)
Evening was attending the navaratri homa in their Agamic temple for Rajarajeshvari (They are Sri Vidya tradition) Felt like being at Kailash Ashram, Bangalore, good chanting.
The swami is from Switzerland and the Kumari is from Germany.
Visit to Sivananda Ashram, (Divine Live Society) interview with the president and tour of the facility. Interesting was visiting the living quarters of Swami Sivananda next to the Ganges, very inner vibration and also that of Chidananda Saraswati which was next to it.
Then to Parmath Niketan. Lunch and opening discussions with Muniji. Evening 6 PM hour long arati ceremony at the Ganges ( need photos to grasp it all)
~~~~~~~~~~~ END OF PHASE
Today is the last day of our phase.
This edition of TAKA will remain posted
over our coming two-day retreat,
until Navami Tithi, Sun One, Wednesday, March 24th.
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.