After spending time with the Sishya and several events in Singapore, Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami and Paramacharya Palaniswami are on their way home, in a plane some where high in the sky as we write. They will be back on Kauai tomorrow morning.
At home the monks completed another productive phase. The Ganapati Kulam gave their news today. Acharya Kumarswami is working on a huge article on the Hindu view of the environment and climate change for the April 2011 issue of Hinduism Today being done in collaboration with Matthew McDermott who is one of the senior writers for TreeHugger.com. In fact Matthew is here from New York, staying on Kauai for a week or so. Acharya Arumugaswami is preparing to leave for India for a short 5 day trip to handle some projects there that can only be done “hands on.” The rest of the team is working on the digital side of life, getting videos moving forward (see below), preparing for the web deployment of the January 2011 issue which officially launches on the 1st of December.
~~~~~~~~~~~ END OF PHASE
Today is the last day of our phase.
This edition of TAKA will remain posted
over our coming two-day retreat,
until Ekadasi Tithi, Sun One, Tuesday, November 30th.
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.