Bodhinatha shares these observations on the Donor Appreciation Event held in California on the 17th and his participation in the Hindu American Foundation Fund Raising dinner that evening.
Om Sivaya, everyone,
Donor Appreciation Reception in Palo Alto 10 AM -- 2 PM plus 2 PM -- 4 PM (Saturday, the 17th) darshans with those attending. We changed the physical layout so that the presentations were given to an auditorium arrangement of chairs rather than tables for eating, then ate on the porch on longer tables. Worked much better.
Siddhanathaswami talk about visit to Jimmy Coleman mine
Bodhinatha keynote 50 Minutes
Dhamara Shanmuga on her braille work and creating the trilogy in braille in particular
Acharya Bharat from Oregon spoke on how he used our publications in his outreach work
Dr. Tom Yarema told some stories of his interactions with Gurudeva
Karti Katir presented his Ganesha clay fund raising for Iraivan
Easan Katir MC’d the event.
Deva Rajan’s comment was:
“Best annual Donor Appreciation Event yet! Great speakers, meaningful content, wonderfully orchestrated.
Though it may have gone a little long, we all enjoyed every minute of it.”
The video we produced was well received. Everyone was impressed with the vast number of projects/events that happened during the year.
Later in the evening 6 -- 9 PM Hindu American Foundation (HAF) Awareness Event and Fund Raising Dinner. I was the guest speaker and gave a 15 minute Keynote on “Working Together” showing how HAF’s advocacy efforts and our educational efforts complemented one another on different issues such as California Textbook one. Siddhanathaswami gave a 3 minute presentation on the HAF Hindu Heritage Endowments.
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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.