Happy Deepavali to all! Yesterday was an incredibly auspicious day, the final in our Gurudeva Mahasamadhi Observances. We began with our morning arati for Gurudeva.
Gurudeva's shrine is scintillating with energy and his presence is all around us with blessings pouring from within.
This morning Bodhinatha presented everyone with the annual Mahasamadhi souvenir.
This year we are giving away set of DVDs containing selections from our video archives. Shishyas around the world will all receive a copy by mail soon. A limited run was produced and 700 extra will be made available for sale in the Minimela store soon. We will make an announcement when it is available.
Our silpis all received copies. This group of artisans’ tour of duty is almost over. They will return to India in late December.
The booklet is beautifully designed, with pockets for the DVDs built in.
JAI Gurudeva! I love you! Jai Bodhinatha And ALL at the Aadheenam whose every breath is testimony to Gurudeva’s teachings. Thank you SO much for ALL that you do. I love you! It feels like like my heart will burst, it is so full of gratitude for your sharing through TAKA … Aum AUM
Jai to our Kailasa Paramparai! Jai to our Satguru & all the Monks,Swamis,Acharyas,Paramagurus! We, your sishyas thank you very much indeed for the enlightening work you continue to do,to ever uplift us.Thank you.
Without Guru Deva, without the Kauai Temple, without God Siva, and the Gods, I would no doubt, still be a hopeless drunk, feeling hpelessly trapped, in the instinctive areas of the mind.
It took so many years, for Guru Devas precious message, to penetrate my thick head, to say the least.
Thank You, Guru Deva, Thank you Kauai Temple, Thank you Beloved Bodhinatha Veylanswami.
If my physical body, were to cease functioning, tomorrow, I would leave this world, knowing all my dreams, had been fulfilled, thus far.
Maybe there should be a book, about those of us, who have so struggled with such outragious karmas, and yet, through the Grace of the Living Sat Guru, have been somehow, to some degree, substancially reformed.
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.