Mr. and Mrs. Gidwani have come for a visit from Washington D.C. This is their 50th wedding anniversary. They met with Bodhinatha who blessed their anniversary with a shawl.
Sgt. Maj. Chaturbhuj N. Gidwani, now 72, had a 25-year military career in the US Army Reserve. An avid supporter of Hinduism Today, Gidwani began as a private at the unusually advanced age of 35. Enduring boot camp training with a platoon of teenagers, Gidwani quickly found a nitch providing needed guidance to the youngsters and earned the nickname “grandpa.” A refugee from India’s violent 1947 partition and now a staunch follower of Gandhian philosophy, he says, “I believe my military contributions helped resolve conflicts without bloodshed.” His career-long desire to see a Hindu chaplain in the US armed forces has yet to be realized, but he and others have successfully convinced the Department of Defense of the need (see “Call for Military Chaplains,” March, ’98 of Hinduism Today.)
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Today is the last day of our phase.
This edition of TAKA will remain posted
over our coming two-day retreat,
until Dvitiya Tithi, Sun One, Monday, July 12th.
Bodhinatha meets with Dr. Vijay, his wife Jayanthi and her parents. Bodhinatha met them all at the kumbhabhishekam of the Maha Ganapati Temple of Arizona.
Key concepts: Naalupadasaivam: "A Saiva doctrine that the initiate should pass successively through charya, kriya, yoga and jnana stages and thence obtain moksha." The charya pada, the dasa marga, path of servitude. Sharing the world of God. The kriya pada, satputra marga, true son's way. Nearness to God. The yoga pada, sakha marga, way of the friend, experiencing inner light, sharing the superconscious mind. We talk to God. The jnana pada, san marga, sayujya patavi, union with God. There is no difference between Siva and the soul. God is our dearest Beloved. The three types of temples provide training and experience leading to worship and meditation in the Atma kovil.