On Tuesday and Wednesday, Sadasivanathaswami and Senthilnathaswami visited Houston, Texas, to have a book signing at Keshav Smruti, a venue of the umbrella group called Hindus of Greater Houston. It turned out to be combined with a general meeting of HGH, so the heads of sixteen of the major Hindu organizations in Houston's enormous Hindu community were present. The book we presented is The Guru Chronicles. Paramacharya Sadasivanathaswami gave a delightful presentation to the gathering of 75 people. They asked some excellent questions. Many books were sold and signed. It was a grand success. TV Asia and HUM magazine were both present to interview Paramacharya Sadasivanathaswami.
On Wednesday evening, we visited the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Stafford, the same temple Bodhinatha and Senthilnathaswami attended the inauguration for in 2004. Pujya Chaitanyamurti Swami, who is in charge of current temple-building projects in North America, flew in to meet with us. After arati and a tour of the mandir, we spoke for a couple of hours together about the temple they are building in Southern California, the Akshardham America project in New Jersey, where Swami is based, and a lot of sharing about various points of protocol of our monastic orders. It is always interesting for us to further research the nuances of protocols followed by other sannyasin orders. Did you know that the BAPS sadhus never leave their ashram without at least one other monk? They appear to be the only order other than ours who follows this wise, ancient protocol.
Of course, on a walk through the Houston Arboretum, we spotted a couple of mushrooms!
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.