On Thursday, March 31, we drove east from Fort Worth, Texas, to Shreveport, Louisiana, for a visit at the request of Manohar and Barathy Manchandia. The drive was beautiful, for Louisiana is a marvelously forested state. The Manchandia home is perched right on Cross Lake. They have their own dock! We arrived just before lunch, so there was much conversation in a room overlooking the lake before we ate.
The same evening, Bodhinatha was the honored guest at the Sadhu Vaswani Hindu Temple and Cultural Center, with an attendance of about 60-70. He gave a presentation on Yoga, Meditation and Enlightenment that was quite well received.
This is a brand new facility, quite well outfitted.
Bodhinatha answered lots of questions from the audience at the end of the talk and afterward during dinner.
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.