Wonderful day here, full of remarkably useful meetings. We met with filmmaker Vasant Nath, whose short films have been winning awards here and abroad. Then another filmmaker, Anant Krishnan came, eager to lend his burgeoning cinematic skills to Gurudeva's work (he reads everything we produce). Anant is a fine storyteller and will be doing a small script for us soon. The Indra Sharma family came, Charan, Veena, Pratik and his uncle. They brought food for the traveling monks, and lots of love and welcoming. It was as though all of India were saying welcome home. The entire family is deeply immersed in art, which you would expect from seeing the masterpieces their father Indra did of Gurudeva back in the late 1990s. Young Pratik is being sought out by Audi and others in the auto industry, who love his creative depictions of automobiles, a love of his.
Veena is working on a piece showing Pradosha Siva and several of Gurudeva's visions, and she brought the canvas for us to explore together. Charan's magical canvas of Sadasiva recently sent as a gift to the monastery is destined to appear on the next cover of Hinduism Today, after the Bali issue, that is.
More Meetings in Mumbai
Later in the afternoon, we had a long and fruitful meeting with Prof. Prashant Dave (driving all the way from Ahmenabad to see us) who has been working for over a year with Dr. Rameshbai Trivedi on the Gujarati translation of Dancing with Siva. He brought with him a philosopher and scholar who will join the team to work next on Merging with Siva. There was a great sharing of their inspirations, of the history of Saivism in Gujarat (where there is today a strong Pasupati mutt and a number of ancient temples). We gifted them both with special rudraksha malas made on Kauai. They have a profound sense of the place of Gurudeva's teachings, and of the need to share his wisdom with all who speak Gujarati.
As the sun began to sink in the smoggy sky, Deepal Daas arrived. He is a thirty-something film animator working for TATA, one of India's (and the world's) most adept animation studios. He has offered to help us create a short video for the web, a simple but meaningful overview of who we are and what we do.
Off at dawn to Bengaluru and then a three-hour drive to Suttur Mutt in Mysore. Stay tuned for the further adventures of Sadasivanathaswami and Sadhaka Satyanatha.
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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.