On Sunday, January 30, Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami was the honored guest at the Karya Siddhi Hanuman Temple in Frisco, Texas. He gave an engaging presentation on prayer, meditation, how to (and the need to) answer challenging questions from youth, and an introduction to Hinduism Today magazine.
About 150 people attended the lecture.
To our surprise, those most eager to ask questions after the talk were the youth, of which many were present.
Everyone listened with rapt attention as Bodhinatha spoke. Their attention was also held by the stunning Keynote presentation that he ran from his MacBook Pro, projected on a wall.
As this temple was established by a swami, the group was especially eager to have Bodhinatha speak and absorb his wise words.
This temple was established by Ganapati Sachchidananda Swami of the Datta Peetham in Mysore. The temple committee made a gift of the customary shawl and CDs of Swami's songs to Bodhinatha.
Bodhinatha brought a set of our Master Course Trilogy to gift to the temple's library. The gift was received by the elegant Dr. Prakasarao Velagapudi, the temple's president, originally from Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh. He came to the US in 1965.
After the talk, the group sang the Hanuman Chalisa and then Bodhinatha was invited to offer the arati.
Part of the way through the arati, the main lights were dimmed and a wild multi-colored flashing light show transpired in the shrine!
Finally, all the devotees came one by one to touch the satguru's feet, receive his blessings and offer dakshina.
Religion needs to be of the present. Mankind is evolving spiritually; mass consciousness is rising. When we go to the temple, in the right spirit, contributing devotion and prana, being open to the blessings of the Deity; it purifies the mind. The Hindu religion focuses on the mind; purifies it; controls it, subdues the ego, makes us more humble.