Jungle Lodge Retreat Third Day, morning only, Shanmuganathaswami and I each gave one morning class. Also the morning included a few outdoor activities and the final presentation of acknowledgements, awards and certificates. This was followed by Lunch at Arjunan Subramanian’s home and then a drive to the Pullman Hotel in Putrajaya. After a short rest we toured the nearby Putrajaya International Convention Center. It is on a knoll and from the bottom of the hill looks a bit like a spaceship. It has different types of rooms that hold 3,000 at a time such as an auditorium, convention style room and one that looks like the United Nations for governmental bodies. Also they have smaller rooms in the 100-200 person size range for smaller gatherings. At night it has an outstanding view of the surrounding city of Putrajaya.
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.