What you see here to the left is not the Festivals issue reprint, but the cover of a new DVD folder masterminded by Sadhaka Satyanatha in the Ganapati Kulam. This folder contains a DVD with hi-resolution, press-ready PDFs for newspapers and magazines. This has been designed to explain the project directly to editors of mainstream publications, clarifying issues such as copyright, festival dates and, most important, why America’s editors should be taking a closer look at their Hindu community. Thanks to the support of some generous donors, soon religion editors of newspapers all across the country will receive this media kit. You can download a pdf of this folder (21MB), and the contents of the DVD it encases can be found here.
If you want to get on board the Hindu Festival Media Initiative in your community, click here to read about it. Take a copy of the April issue and go meet the editors of your local mainstream newspapers well in advance of the next major festival (see the calendar in the April Issue). The content is rich, colorful, accurate and ready to “drag and drop” into the publication.
If you do find an editor who is interested, have that editor contact Hinduism Today directly by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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.