Today begins the monastery's five-day phase. This phase is crunch time for the Ganapati Kulam's magazine work, as they near completion of the next issue. On Sun 3 Sadasivanathaswami and Arumuganathaswami will be leaving on a short trip to speak at a conference in San Jose, California. This phase the Siddhidata Kulam will be focusing on vehicle maintenance routines, in addition to there regular weekly garden day and daily vegetable and fruit harvest. They will also be doing some cleanup on the Siva Pannai land while the ground is dry. The SK will also be arranging the upcoming roof repair for Bodhinatha's and their office.
Following today's homa, Satguru Bodhinatha gave a wonderful upadesha. He discussed today's lesson from Merging with Siva and unfolded the subtleties related to dealing with our karmas and attachments.
From Lesson 11 from Living with Siva
The first yama is ahimsa, non-injury. To practice ahimsa, one has to practice santosha, contentment. The sadhana is to seek joy and serenity in life, remaining content with what one has, knows, is doing and those with whom he associates. Bear your karma cheerfully. Live within your situation contentedly. Himsa, or injury, and the desire to harm, comes from discontent.
The rishis who revealed the principles of dharma or divine law in Hindu scripture knew full well the potential for human suffering and the path which could avert it. To them a one spiritual power flowed in and through all things in this universe, animate and inanimate, conferring existence by its presence. To them life was a coherent process leading all souls without exception to enlightenment, and no violence could be carried to the higher reaches of that ascent. These rishis were mystics whose revelation disclosed a cosmos in which all beings exist in interlaced dependence. The whole is contained in the part, and the part in the whole. Based on this cognition, they taught a philosophy of nondifference of self and other, asserting that in the final analysis we are not separate from the world and its manifest forms, nor from the Divine which shines forth in all things, all beings, all peoples. From this understanding of oneness arose the philosophical basis for the practice of noninjury and Hinduism's ancient commitment to it.
We all know that Hindus, who are one-sixth of the human race today, believe in the existence of God everywhere, as an all-pervasive, self-effulgent energy and consciousness. This basic belief creates the attitude of sublime tolerance and acceptance toward others. Even tolerance is insufficient to describe the compassion and reverence the Hindu holds for the intrinsic sacredness within all things. Therefore, the actions of all Hindus are rendered benign, or ahimsa. One would not want to hurt something which one revered.
Hindus believe in each individual as a soul, a divine being who is inherently good. We all have a threefold nature: instinctive, intellectual, intuitive. Develop the intuitive/spiritual/soul nature with compassion, devotion, penance. Use the intellect to help subdue the instinctive mind. Guilt is not a part of Hinduism. There is no eternal hell. You have a continuity of consciousness when you transition to the inner worlds. There is no devil, but there are mischievous "asuras."