Bodhinatha and Palaniswami continue their stay in Delhi. Bodhinatha reports on yesterday’s events (the 19th in India)
“Again our day started by attending the Narmada lingam puja, (three-four feet tall) North Indian style worship, along with Shri Sadgurudev Ji Maharaj Gopal Charan Swami. Again next was the morning subrahbatam at the Radha Krishna shrine, a break for breakfast and an abhishekam for Acharya Nimbarka.
After lunch the afternoon talks began. These were televised live, on Asta TV, all the talks, from about 1:30 -- 4:00 pm. My talk was the only one in English. At the end Gopal Charan Swami, in Hindi praised Hinduism Today and our work in Hawaii. We had a darshan session with him at 5 pm and were off to Delhi for the next phase of our mission here in North India.”
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Today is the last day of our phase.
This edition of TAKA will remain posted
over our coming three-day retreat,
until Tritiya Tithi, Sun One, Tuesday, November 23th.
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.