Thousands of people came through our Divali Nagar booth in Trinidad and got to know of our monastery, temple, magazine and books. Here, a gentleman peruses the booklets on display while Dharma and his mother provide guidance. Helpers in the booth also learned a great deal during the week. Dharma’s parents are planning to have him and his brother come visit our monastery after they finish high school.
Ashwinee, in orange, spoke to many people. “interest was high,” she explains. “Many had heard about Hinduism Today or Iraivan or the monastery on Kauai and were surprised to find out they are all the same source. Others recognized Gurudeva’s picture but did not know who he was or what he had done.”
Balkaran Maharaj visits the booth with his four daughters. He was employed at the Port of Spain port in 2000 when Gurudeva came to Trinidad. He was the one responsible for giving the passengers clearance to leave the ship, and met Gurudeva at that time. Ashwinee asked him what was his impression of Gurudeva, and he said, “As I met him I could feel his divinity. I saw the saintliness in him. I knew I was in the presence of a great soul.”
Diwali Nagar is an important national event. And our booth was one of its highlights. Many dignitaries came for a visit. Here is the minister of Legal Affairs, his wife with the president of Pres. of the National Council of Indian Culture, Mr. Deokienanan Sharma.
Ashwinee welcomes the Anand Ramlogan, Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago(left), Deokienanan Sharma, and the president of the NCIC(center) and Joe Ramkissoon, Executive member of the NCIC (right)
They leave the Hinduism Today part of the booth after chatting with Ashwinee, in the background.
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.