This is Seshadri and Ranjani with their three children. They live in Chicago area and Ranjani is the cousin of Professor Vasudha Narayanan who we have worked with over the years in our publications. The family had good discussions with Bodhinatha about significance of the temple, and then discussed some of our publications with Arumuganathaswami, such as the history lessons.
Our longtime friends and past Innersearch participants, Ramani and Prema Iyer from Adelaide, Australia, brought one of their children and family to visit Hawaii for the first time. Veena and Debabrata Dahm with children Nikita, Alicia and Jai. They had a fun meeting with Bodhinatha including what is the source of happiness.
Visit to Iraivan temple
meeting a rudraksha tree
learning just how much work goes into carving stone
Bodhinatha's Latest Upadeshas: "Not Getting Upset, Viewing Reaction from Higher Faculties" (September 14, 2014)
A measure of how serious we are in making spiritual progress is that we've learned the lesson from experience. Develop the ability to watch the mind think, understand the patterns of emotional action and reaction. Have the sense that you are a divine being to root out imperfections. Becoming upset is a temporary suspension of our higher faculties; transmute the energy into the third eye.
Master Course, Living with Siva, Lesson 149;
Master Course, Merging with Siva, Lesson 152;
Yogaswami, Words of our Master
"Eight Features of the Natha Sampradaya" (September 17, 2014)
We have to discover that part of us that is the Self. One of the important benefits of temple worship is it softens the ego. Recognize and love a Being greater than us, building humility. Go to Lord Murugan; His worship strengthens the kundalini. There's a power in learning through listening, shruti, that which is heard. Tradition, sadhana and tapas, informs, inspires, awakens potential.