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!
The letter "Ya" in the Panchakshara Mantra, Namasivaya, stands for the soul. Bodhinatha uses the Panchakshara Mantra to show how the soul is initially drawn by Siva's veiling grace, which leads the soul to maturity through experience in the world. Then comes Siva's revealing grace. When we've had enough of the world, Siva's grace pulls us toward God. The mantra also has the simple, two-syllable form. Si- Reflecting on God the Transcendent Absolute, Va-God as the All Pervading Consciousness