We start a new phase as we end the month of April. Bodhinatha gave a marvelous talk today about making decisions, using as his theme Gurudeva’s teachings on that subject from the Master Course Lesson of the day, today.
The monastery’s development iPad arrived at the Ganapati Kulam, a donation from one of our TAKA viewers who wanted to contribute to keeping our publications team on the leading edge of the digital revolution. Senthilnathaswami tests it out in a dock with a keyboard. Marvelous!
In the future you will be seeing our books and other Himalayan Academy applications running on this device.
The Hinduism Today editorial team wraps up the magazine today. We have a surprise for our members in Mauritius: an article on the evolution of Hinduism in Mauritius written by our own Brahmachari Vel Mahalingam is one of the feature stories and the gatefold or the magazine is a giant photo of homa at our Saiva Siddhanta Church branch there in Mauritius.
The feature story of this issue is about Rites of Passage, Nepal Style.
Souls from around the world today enjoyed an introduction to Kauai’s Hindu Monastery and Iraivan Temple.
We were so happy to have S.J. Mudaliar, Gianamma and Usha Devi on our weekly tour. They are relatives of Munswami, who is a long time devotee & karma yogi who hosted several of our members when they traveled to Fiji to do Kavadi.
Also with us was Gottfried and Dagmar Wilfinger who traveled all the way from Austria. We also had guests from Russia today.
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.