Today was a day of transit, so there's not too much to report. We drove from Haridwar to Dehradun where we then took a Kingfisher Ariline flight back to Delhi.
On the way to the airport, one could see hundreds upon hunreds of vehicles on either side of the main road. In the distance, you can see large tents and perhaps you might even be able to make out the wooden-post queue especially designed to more efficiently handle lakhs of pilgrims.
A large murthi of Shiva was on the way, too. Apparently either under construction or repair given all the scaffolding, this huge Shiva is almost exactly like the one in Grand Bassin, Mauritius. The size, facial expression, bodily posture and alankaram is the same.
Still in Haridwar on the road to Dehradun, we saw another large Shiva on the side of the road, this time He was in dhyanam on a hilltop before a temple dedicated to Him.
We spotted this colorful South Indian-style rajagopuram just past the seated Shiva on the other side of the road.
This was an uncanny and serendipitous moment which took us by surprise. Here we are, we made it to the Dehradun airport getting ready to leave for Delhi, and who should arrive to take the same flight? The very guru of Mahamandaleshwar Juna Acharya Sri Swami Avdheshanandji -- Sri Satyanmitranand Giriji Maharaj! We had no idea of this, it was most unexpected.
We had just come back from his disciple, Sri Avdheshanand Swamiji's ashram in Haridwar and heard such marvelous things about him.
Swamiji is 100 years old, yet still very spry and full of vigor.
And whom else should be taking the very same flight and walk in the room just after Swamiji? Sri Sadhvi Bhagavati of Parmarth Niketan of Rishikesh, Sri Swami Chidanand Saraswati (Muniji's) ashram.
We all enjoyed this divine meeting together!
Later that evening, after having arrived in Delhi, Bodhinatha and Arumugaswami met with the staff of Motilal Publishers. They are working currently on reprinting another edition of Gurudeva's Loving Ganesha and the Trilogy.
Bodhinatha and Arumugaswami also discussed reprinting Dancing with Siva's glossary as a separate, small book. We also discussed the nature of Hinduism Today magazine in India, the process of book reviewing, and many other literary subjects.
Details and concepts of printing and layout were discussed, along with potential projects of the future. A fuitful meeting was had by all.
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.