Bodhinatha and Shanmuganathswami have been very busy. They conducted a mini-innersearch dedicated to our members and their families. Here are some highlights from Bodhinatha’s reports:
Om Sivaya, everyone,
Day began with my second class on Shum. The group took a mid morning two hour hike (trek) to a waterfall. Shanmuganathaswami conducted a morning and an afternoon class. He ran the projector from his ipad.
The trek took longer than expected, and while waiting Shanmuganathaswami showed videos to the group that stayed back various videos such as the HT quarterly report, the Iraivan update, the stone bell hole video (one of the favorites) and Fernando the Bull (for the kids.) Shanmuganathaswami’s morning session began with pranayama, the auric circle, color visualization and a projected presentation of the Pilgrim Sadhana guide. The theme of the presentations has been daily sadhana.
The afternoon session began with an introduction of the shum alphabet, shum chanting of the first 18 characters and then a brief “tyatyaba” (chit chat) getting re-acquainted and re-connected with some of Gurudeva’s older devotees who want to be part of Saiva Siddhanta Church again, their families and some friends. We counted 76 in attendance at the sessions, but Bodhinatha signed 92 retreat certificates.
Additionally afternoon games and an evening “family night” of fun which we introduced and then left.
Om Sivaya, everyone,
Sunday morning was the last portion of the retreat at the jungle lodge. Shanmuganathaswami and I both had one class. The group played a major outdoor treasure hunt type game which was immensely enjoyed.
Shifted to Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside Hotel which is directly across from Putrajaya International Convention Centre of which Valluvan is the general manager. A different experience of Malaysia as everything in Putrajaya is brand new!
Evening visited Tirumurugan Alayam in Desa Jaya and gave a talk and darshan with Dr. Maruthu giving the Tamil translation.
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.