Immediately after arriving in Trinidad, Bodhinatha and Shanmuganathaswami settle in at their quarters at the Chinmaya Mission which will be their home base for the next three days. Within minutes or their arrival, Bodhinatha gives a live radio interview with Kiran Maharaj of Radio 90.5 fm.
Both swamis are being welcomed to the Hari Mandir by Pundit and other devotees
Bodhinatha and Shanmuganathaswami meet revered elder, Pundit Lutchmee Persad, sitting right, Pundit Narendra, sitting left, and a few of the Hinduism Today sadhakas as they arrived at the Hari Mandir. The Hinduism Today sadhakas are Ashwinee Ragoonanan’s dedicated distribution team.
Bodhinatha giving a talk/slide show at Chinmaya Mission’s hall.
Hinduism Today sadhaka, George, getting ready for a visit by Bodhinatha and Shanmuganathaswami.
Shanmuganathaswami with Hinduism Today sadhakas at Chinmaya Mission. After the talk by Bodhinatha, the sadhakas will present, give and sell Hinduism Today and other publications from Kauai’s Hindu Monastery. From left to right, Keith, Girish, Sarah, Pinkey. Standing from left to right, Kerri, Kevin Shanmuganathaswami, Kashika, Pundit Narendra and Ashwinee. Upon landing in Trinidad at 5 am, after an all night flight, Shanmuganathaswami said he and Bodhinatha were delighted by the warm welcome and Ashwinee’s enthusiasm and energy. She and her sadhakas worked tirelessly for months preparing for this visit, seeing to thousands of details.
Hinduism Today sadhaka, Kali, welcoming swamis to Queen’s hall where Bodhinatha will make an important presentation.
Then Bodhinatha and Shanmuganatha are welcomed by Pundit Narendra
Bodhinatha and Shanmuganathaswami visit the Lakshmi Narayan Mandir in Freeport, central Trinidad.
There they met with the resident Pundit and founder of the Temple, Pundit Gajendra Kumar, from India.
Here they are looking at the model for the new temple, which is a mix of north and south temple styles. The temple is being carved in India and brought to Trinidad. Much like our own Iraivan temple.
Bodhinatha and Shanmuganathaswami with Pundit Kumar outside the Siva temple.
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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.