The second full day at Camp Sloggett was wonderful. We all felt completed disconnected from the bhuloka. It was as if we were transported to another realm far away from the world.
The morning started with Hatha yoga with Acharya Kumarswami.
Then another in-depth classed on Vedanta and Siddhanta with Bodhinatha.
Before lunch we had our traditional innersearch photo with all participants and our banner.
It was a joyful time. Here we catch the Patel family, Mrunal, Padma and their daughter Pooja. All of them are advancing rapidly through the Master Course study as a family.
We had a very special and unusual cultural performance. Master story teller and powerful chanter of Hawaiian songs, Kumu Hula Mauli Ola Cook, regaled us with a mesmerizing rendition of the history of the Hawaiian people and the legend of Goddess Pele.
Kumu Mauli has dedicated her life to bringing the culture of Hula and Hawaiian studies to school children.
Her dramatic story of the history of the Hawaiian people all the way through to the fall of the Hawaiian traditions was both informative and captivating.
She subsequently told the group that there has been a resurgence of Hawaii culture and immersion schools (where they speak Hawaiian language) are flourishing.
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.