Recent Public Tour days brought some wonderful guest to support us in our presentation. Rajeshta and Prema are from Memphis Tennessee. They have met both Gurudeva & Bodhinatha when they visited their Temple in Tennessee.
The “educational” part of the tour brings forth a few basic beliefs of the Hindus. Hinduism is such a misunderstood religion that many people are simply amazed how beautiful and simple the basic tenants are. Among ideas they seem to enjoy hearing is that Hindus believe that God is not far away. That He is the sustaining power and conscious presence throughout the Universe -- the divine unbounded energy flowing through everyone and all things.
This is the happy group for the June 29th. tour, when Bodhinatha was still on the island and many had an opportunity to get books signed and questions answered.
Among them were Bhagnana & Smita Joshi from Baltimore Maryland. They had met Bodhinatha when he came to their temple in Maryland and they were so happy to be here and meet with Bodhinatha after the tour.
We maxed out the telephoto on our little camera to watch this little guy watch all of us parade by.
This is the beautiful Denduluri family. Aditya on the left is working in the Bay Area in a Web Start up company. We got to know Murali & Shanti (parents) from Albuquerque, who came two years ago and this time they are back with their two sons. Sahitya on the far right will be starting medical school in the fall at the University of Chicago. They were such a wonderful support for us and an inspiration to all our tour guests.
The blessings of Lord Murugan awaken wisdom which resides in his chakra. "Pray to Lord Murugan to unravel the great mysteries of the universe." When we get emotional we lose touch with our wisdom. Murugan inspires penance to soften karmas and purify the mind, chitta-shuddhi. If you do kavadi in the right spirit, to get the full blessing, have in mind specific misdeeds, apologize to the deity, learn from it, promise to do your best. Visions are still happening. Feeling the energy of the deity is stronger during festivals such as Skanda Shashti.