Greg Rogers (Nandikesh Chandrashekaran) is a formal Himalayan Academy Master Course student from Los Angeles who just finished Level One study. He had his first darshan meeting with Bodhinatha today.
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Today is the last day of our phase.
This edition of TAKA will remain posted
over our coming two-day retreat,
until Dasami Tithi, Sun One, Wednesday, December 29th.
Venkat and Hema Devraj are on their first visit to Kauai from Colorado, USA. They enjoyed asking Bodhinatha metaphysical questions about Advaita. They study Ramana Maharishi’s teachings and also obtained our Master Course trilogy the other day.
Venkat and Hema visit the Svayambhu Sivalingam at the end of San Marga path. It is the site of Gurudeva’s Siva vision which started the Iraivan Temple process.
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.