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.
Hindus believe in each individual as a soul, a divine being who is inherently good. We all have a threefold nature: instinctive, intellectual, intuitive. Develop the intuitive/spiritual/soul nature with compassion, devotion, penance. Use the intellect to help subdue the instinctive mind. Guilt is not a part of Hinduism. There is no eternal hell. You have a continuity of consciousness when you transition to the inner worlds. There is no devil, but there are mischievous "asuras."