As we write, Bodhinatha is on his way to Guyana after a very successful mission in Trinidad. A full report on that trip will come in the days ahead.
In the meantime here are Bodhinatha’s news briefs from his last three days in Trinidad
August 20, Friday
Om Sivaya, everyone,
Morning was a courtesy call to the Trinidad Chinmaya Mission. The young swami is Prakashananda who is from Trinidad. He is busy finishing construction in the next few days in preparation for Swami Tejomayanandaji’s program here Aug 24-29. Evening was back to the Edinburgh Hindu Temple, no talk, instead a special Siva puja conducted by Punditji with devotees assisting.
August 21, Saturday
We checked out of the Carra Suites in Claxton Bay, a courtesy call to the Ganapati Satchidananda Swami temple. It is South Indian in style. Swamiji spends two months of the year here every year. Then to the temple in the sea and continuing on to Tunapuna where the Ragoonanan temple is. Event roughly from noon to 2:30 PM. Started with a simple guru puja to me, then a Siva puja to a large Narmada lingam, my talk of about half and hour and some book signings and finally lunch.
Then we checked in at the nearby Holiday Inn Express, short rest and a visit to Ashwinee’s parents home and dinner at one of their devotee’s homes across the street from the Holiday Inn.
August 22, Sunday
This morning was our second event at the Hari Mandir Tunapuna. It began with a cultural performance that was definitely Trinidadian, a music group including Trinidad steel drums playing instrumental bhajan. They are from the Ganapati Satcidananda Swami Temple. Other cultural performances included sarod, Odissa dancing, singing. Then we gave our talk. The Minister of Education was present and included in his talk an announcement of putting Dancing with Siva, one copy each in public school libraries, believe it is primary. Dancing with Siva has a high popularity here!
Forget to mention that at this temple I am reading both talks from the iPad--a technological breakthrough. No need to print them out or have the larger computer!
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.