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.
Focus on being a soul, not the body, mind and emotions. When we think of ourselves as a soul we're able to move forward and get closer and closer to Siva. That's the whole idea of Saiva Siddhanta. A negative self-concept is an obstacle. We can change our self-concept through applying Gurudeva's teachings, affirming every day that we are a divine being. Vasana daha tantra: Going back and understanding experiences; clearing up the reactions to the past.