Today a large group came after celebrating a wedding the other day in Poipu. Dr. Pemmaraju and Rani Rao and Dr. Halekote Kumara brought a group from San Antono, Texas, and London comprising one side of the wedding, and Sundari and Velayudhan Velu brought a group from southern California comprising the other side.
Exploring Iraivan Temple
hearing about the three important visions Gurudeva had on the Aadheenam grounds.
almost everyone together
trying out stone carving
first group has darshan with Bodhinatha
young boy is fascinated with Bodhinath’s beard
Dr. Pemmaraju and Rani Rao from San Antonio
And then the other group had darshan. In both meetings, the groups asked the same questions about how to keep the youth from being disinterested in the community temple and being religious. Bodhinatha said the key is education and giving more responsibility. Education the youth in the meaning of the temple and why it benefits them. Perform puja at home as a family and youth learn how to perform Ganesha puja, so that temple puja will then have more meaning. Give youth meaningful responsibilities for temple activities and special events, more than just parking cars out in the cold at night.
Sri D.N. Anand, his wife Smt Vijaya Anand and son Vinay are visiting for the first time (pictured on left). The family is close to Kailash Ashram in Bangalore. The parents live a short walk from Kailash Ashram, while Vinay lives in California. Sri DN Anand is the former Accountant General of Karnataka, Vice President of National Education Society of Bangalore, and Trustee of Sri Rajeshwari Vidyashala, an academic school associated with Kailash Ashram.
On the right in the photo are Yatish and Usha Maharaj visiting from San Francisco, originally from Fiji.
Sri DN Anand and wife have met Satguru Bodhinatha when he visited Kailash Ashram. Now they are happy to finally meet him here on Kauai.
Yatish and Usha did a short renewal of their wedding vows in front of Satguru.
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.