Friday’s flight was pleasant and on time arriving around midnight in Phoenix.
Saturday at the temple just a few hundred. Head priest is Bhairavasundaram. He is the priest that helped Sambamurti Sivacharya with our Pancha Silanyasa ceremony for Iraivan, currently serves at the Boston Lakshmi Temple and is Sambamurti’s son in law.
Ceremonies were mainly the seven homas, one for each murti, eye opening, placing of navaratnas and closing puja. Excellent group of priests, and powerful ceremonies.
Main day is Sunday.
Evening a satsang at Chellappa and Banu’s home. About thirty devotees, attentive group, good questions.
Bodhinatha continues with his weekly series of commentaries on The Path to Siva. In this past Sun One talk, he elucidates the four key beliefs in Hinduism, the three pillars of Sanatana Dharma and Gurudeva's three stages of faith. Primary to Hinduism is the key belief that God is within each of us. To have a well-rounded understanding and experience of Hinduism, to make spiritual progress, adhyatma vikasha, we need scripture, humility, temple worship, devotion. To fully experience God we need the guru to give the spark for meditation and deeper wisdom.