With the April issue of Hinduism Today off to press Bodhinatha called for a Publisher’s Desk meeting with the Ganapati Kulam yesterday.
Acharya, Arumugaswami, managing editor brings to table the roster of future insight sections, and features stories.
Bodhinatha shares his insights on areas he hopes the magazine can focus on for future issues. Discussions also involve an in-depth look at the educational materials we have done and still need to create. Bodhinatha himself is at the forefront of the creation of these materials, spending much of his time each day preparing presentations and then getting feedback as he travels.
Today the team focused on expanding the now famous “Ten Questions” booklet to Twenty Questions: one more in-depth question to add to the current ten and 9 more smaller ones. These creations are first launched as Insight Sections in Hinduism Today, and run in the center of the magazine where they can be “over printed” with the result being 10’s of thousands of “booklets” on the subject. These are very popular and are being ordered by the case load from our Minimela.com store for distribution to various communities.
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.