Bodhinatha sends us some news briefs for last two days of his travels:
August 24th, Tuesday
Om Sivaya, everyone,
We spent our day in the country of Guyana here in South America. Lots of driving in the morning to and from Tain Berbicie, two hours each direction. I gave a Keynote presentation to about 200 students at a youth camp, plus a number of adults. Questions and answers afterwards came mainly from the adults present.
The evening’s first event was a TV interview, followed by dinner and a presentation to 100 plus in a room at the convention center. Many in attendance were executive members of the Guyana Hindu Dharma Sabha.
August 25, Wednesday
We left Guyana and flew to St. Lucia. We were lovingly hosted by the Fremont and Toshadevi Nataraja family, complete with satsang at their home in the evening. Lots of individuals from a local satsang group and their friends came and expressed appreciation for the event afterwards.
Here is some really wonderful news. The prestigious Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha affirmed that they will order 500 copies each quarter of Hinduism Today as a start — an excellent breakthrough.
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.