Sanjai and Padma Priya Athi are returning after six or seven years. They live in northern California
Tina Desai from Canada is a Vratasishya in Saiva Siddhanta Church. She stopped by for a day while attending a conference in Honolulu with her husband.
Tina delivered this painting which her daughter Karishma sent as a gift. Karishma is at university in Canada and attended our Kauai Innersearch last July with her mother.
Venkat and Vishu Sreenivasan with their frisky daughter Aadhya are visiting Kauai for the first time from Chicago. They are good friends of our Himalayan Academy formal Master Course students Gaurav and Ripla Malhotra.
They discussed raising their children as good Hindus.
Athi and Sreenivasan couples visited Iraivan Temple together
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.