In the upcoming issue of Hinduism Today, Meghana Pisupati of Cupertino, California, tells us about the insights she received during and after climbing Tirupati hill for darshan of Lord Venkateshwara.
We begin a series of book reviews with our own latest releases, The Guru Chronicles and The History of Hindu India.
The book reviews continue with The Blood Never Dried, an honest account of Britain’s past of colonization, and four more volumes, concerned with protecting our faith from outside attacks, traditions of music in the diaspora, ancient traditions of giving in Hinduism and how we can bring them forward today, and a wondrous set of tales of visits to some of the great temples of India.
Stay tuned for the Hinduism Today January/February/March 2012 issue!
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.