Bodhinatha, Acharya Arumuganathaswami and Yoginathaswami are back in Chennai, in transit and on the move home, to arrive here Tuesday morning after some long flights. He sends this short report from the stay in Kerala and we may see more photos of events there after the team gets home.
Om Sivaya, everyone,
Saturday: Appointments from noon to five PM with a lunch break. Many individuals some with the group organizing tonight’s event, others friends and relatives of GK Nair, artist for the children’s books. Then a drive to the location of the Cherukolpuzha Hindu Matha Parishad 100th Annual Convention. The talk was from 7 -- 9 PM, introductions, my English talk and the Malayalam translation. We estimate possibly at the high point there were about1,000 in attendance with people coming and going throughout. GK Nair, our Kerala Hinduism Today correspondent, printed a booklet with the talk and the 2008 talk with their translations and handed some out at the event.
Sunday: Drove to an elderly home run by the Yogeeswara Sabha in the village of Janani. It must have been centrally located for their members. 100 plus came. We gave out vibhuti to all. A Malayalam translation of a writeup on the four padas I excerpted from the Master Course trilogy was released, lots of photos, a few discussions with the Sabha leaders, lunch, a short talk by me with translation and we departed for the airport. Flight from TIruvananthapuram to Chennai through Bengaluru and we checked in to the Trident hotel near the airport.
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.