[Photo: Bodhinatha in Mahabalipuram on earlier Innersearch]
The Ganapati Kulam gave their news today. Paramacharya Palaniswami has been working on the picture for the Parampara book, which will most be all in the back in pictorial section. He also continues sourcing images and doing graphical design for Bodhinatha’s education Keynote presentations. Acharya Kumarswami is working on the Parampara book also, nearly full time. Acharya Arumugaswami has been focused a lot lately on work on Himalayan Acres nursery. Sivakatirswami has been working on his Hinduism Today articles, editing and posting Bodhinatha’s talks to the website and daily TAKA. Senthilnathaswami is focused on the quarterly release of the April issue of Hinduism Today on our website (see www.hinduismtoday.com), on a hardware refresh involving our computer monitors, preparations for an upcoming trip with Bodhinatha to Texas, development of ebook versions of the Master Course Trilogy and other projects. Sadhaka Satyanatha is working on a marvelous feature story for the next issue of Hinduism Today which is focused on India’s World Heritage Sites.
We also had several meetings continuing the planning and design discussions for the Himalayan Academy web site upgrade and renovation.
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.