As we departed San Antonio, God Siva blessed us with a very nice vahana for our guru for the long drives to Austin, Fort Worth, Shreveport (Louisiana) and Houston. Here's Bodhinatha, ready for his road trip.
In Austin, we were hosted by Kumari Devi Sivam and her husband Ravi Ramaraju, mother Vasuki and daughter Bhuma. They enjoyed having darshan with Bodhinatha in our North Austin hotel.
The Austin Hindu Temple is building a traditional temple, and currently they have this large hall housing all the Deities.
Bodhinatha gave his presentation to a crowd of about 40 people here on Monday evening.
It was our great pleasure to run into Paulette Reynolds and Roze Chikiar (Roze pictured here), the mother and sister of our very own Sadhaka Rajanatha. Paulette and Roze visited Kauai in 2009, and it was nice to reconnect on their home turf.
Next was up north to Fort Worth, where Bodhinatha spoke for the second time at the Hindu Temple of Fort Worth's temporary facility.
This tight-knit group has acquired a beautiful piece of land and is also in the process of planning for building a traditional temple.
Dr. Subrahmanyam Boyareddi is the chairman of this temple. He is a great fan of the monastery and everything we do. Bodhinatha generously gave a copy of our Master Course Trilogy for the temple library.
Next we drove east to beautiful Shreveport, Louisiana. Stay tuned for more on that!
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.