Today the Ganapati Kulam gave their report. The editorial team finished the work on Hinduism Today last phase and is moving on to new project, which we do each quarter in the first two months after the last issue was produced.
Paramacharya Sadasivanathaswami has been working on the image galleries that will be in the back of the new Parampara book. He is also working on new signage to go along with the major upgrade to the front area of our property.
Acharya Kumarnathaswami has been working on our monthly newsletter. Acharya Arumuganathaswami is working collecting artwork for an Indian History Illustrated section of the magazine which will include visuals that will accompany each of the five Chapter of on Indian History that he already produced. This will all eventually for a fabulous single book.
Sivakatirswami picks up the ball for the magazine after the editorial is finished, produces PDF, sends these to the printer and prepares the production guide for each issue Just today he signed off on the files and next week the July issue will go to press. He is has also been working with Andre Garzia who is here at the Aadheenam for three weeks, developing the server side database and delivery systems for our upgrade of the Himalayan Academy web site to a fast, accessible Digital Library.
Senthilnathaswami has been doing video of Bodhinatha, capturing the video we took of Sri Sri Jeyendra Puri Swami’s two-hour long Sri Chakra puja that he does every day of his life, even when traveling. Swami is also coordinating the kulam’s initiatives to upgrade our web.
Sadhaka Satyanatha was involved in the closing production of the magazine, carefully reading and proofing all the pages, fixing some last-minute issues. He has also deeply involved on the advance planning for the web site upgrade, from micro details to macro decisions.
Many more projects were mentioned, more than than we can remember!
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.