During his short stay in Mauritius, Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami paid a courtesy to the President of the Republic of Mauritius, Sir Aneerood Jugnauth (right) at the State House at Reduit.
A souvenir photo with Acharya Arumugaswami, Kulapati Manon Mardemootoo and Kulapati Rajen Manick.
Bodhinatha signing the visitor's book at the State House.
The state House is a very beautiful castle built in the 18th century and is now the residence of the President. One is impressed by its cool air pervading and its well kept lawns and lush green vegetation.
After leaving the State House, Bodhinatha paid another courtesy visit to the Minister of Education, Culture and Human Resources, Hon. Vasant Bunwaree. Bodhinatha offered a few of the Church publications to the Minister.
Bodhinatha talked about the teaching materials the Himalayan Academy is currently publishing to help Hindus better understand their religious heritage. One was the publication on Hinduism History.
Minister Vasant Bunwaree holding one of the publications on Parenting With Love, said this was a wonderful asset for parents at a time when we often hear issues about child abuse.
A short stop over on the way to the south of the island, at Grand Bassin sacred lake where one is welcomed by the huge statue of Lord Siva. This place attracts thousands of pilgrims during Maha Sivaratree every year.
Blessings from Lord Siva!
In Tirumurai 4.81.4, Saint Appar sung the glory of Lord Siva as follows:
"If you could see the arch of his brow, the budding smile on lips red as the kovai fruit, cool, matted hair, the milk-white ash on coral skin and the sweet golden foot raised up in dance, then even human birth on this wide Earth would become a thing worth having."
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.