Today the Ganapati Kulam gave their news. The team is focused on several fronts. The Guru Parampara book is moving ahead. The first draft was issued internally and has been read Bodhinatha and a few of the other monk for input. Artwork is being processed.
Our Hinduism Today April issue arrived from the press and it was impressive! The digital edition and online update for the quarterly release will be coming in a day or so.
In the background we are working on a major upgrade to this very Himalayan Academy.com web site. It started in the very early days of the internet, with our first pages going on line as far back as 1995. There was a subsequent minor upgrade about 1998 when TAKA came on line. Then we did a major overhaul of the design in 2004.
We’ve learn a lot in those years and the new web site will be quite advanced with navigation on steroids to provide users better access to our content. We are also planning to open up the design to allow for more full screen width photos and movies.
Once we reach our first goal of having all our existing media assets easily accessible, then we will move forward with some new innovations. This new initiative is made possible thanks to the contributions made by everyone to the Digital Dharma Drive.
While the Himalayan Academy web site talks to the whole world, a separate initiative is also underway to build a complete social networking and collaboration site for Saiva Siddhanta Church members.
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.