Monday’s Mighty Murugan

Lord Murugan, God of kundalini yoga, is bedecked in blue clothing today at Kadavul Temple. Fresh fragrant flowers adorn this powerful deity.

From a talk Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami gave in 2004:

“Usually when someone teaches meditation they’re talking just about sitting down and meditating. But Gurudeva says, no don’t do that. First develop a relationship with Lord Muruga. There’s no point trying to meditate in our particular tradition until you feel close to Lord Muruga. Then your meditations will be deep. Course that means for deep meditation doesn’t mean just for simple meditation. Can’t expect to have a profound meditation following Gurudeva’s teachings unless you have a close relationship with Lord Muruga. So having said that of course. the next logical point is; how do you develop a close relationship with Lord Muruga? How do you develop a close relationship to the Deity?

“Bring an offering. Ideally bring a flower for each shrine at which you are going to worship or if that is not possible at least a leaf. The act of giving opens you to the blessings of the Deity. Never visit the temple empty handed. So this is the teaching, such a simple teaching but we see it in the eyes. The room says: “Oh my I should be doing that.

“That opens you up to them and therefore you’re more receptive to what they give you. So the idea, give before you receive. Mystically it’s part of temple worship.

“Lord Murugan is traditionally worshipped to invoke the forces of divinity to overcome the forces of darkness. This process takes place both in the world and in the individual.That’s the idea is that we can try and bring this into our lives, the worship of Lord Muruga; His ability to stimulate wisdom within us. This wisdom can be applied to our experiences, our pattern of experiences, help us improve our behavior and learn from our mistakes.”

Good and Evil, an Upadesha by Satguru

Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami expands on material from our new publication “Path to Siva.” Here Satguru discusses lesson 25, covering our Saivite Hindu view of Evil, Hell and Sin.

Bodhinatha Comments on Evil, Hell and Sin – The Hindu View

Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami

What About Evil, Hell and Sin, Path to Siva, Lesson 25 (May 20,2017)

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.”

Path to Siva, Lesson 25.

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Bodhinatha Bhashya, Are Souls and World Essentially Good?

Satguru Bodhinatha Veylaswami

Bodhinatha’s Latest Upadeshas -- What Is the Nature of Our Sould
Souls and World Essentially Good, Path to Siva Lesson 24 (May 12,2017)

“The world does contain suffering; it’s this way for a reason. If the world was perfect why would we want to transcend it? We’re not all in the same place in consciousness. We don’t divide the world into good and bad. Everyone is divine on the inside. The soul is pure actinic energy flowing through the seven chakras below and the six chakras above the muladhara. Hindu society is designed to help everybody come up in consciousness. It takes many lives.

Path to Siva, Lesson 24.

Master Course Trilogy, Dancing with Siva, Lesson 47

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Bodhinatha Comments on the Three Bonds, Sun One Upadesha

Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami

Bodhinatha’s Latest Upadeshas -- Why Are We Not All-Knowing? Three Bonds
Path to Siva, Lesson 23 Commentary (May 04, 2017)

The three bonds/pashas, given by Lord Siva: karma, maya and anava, are there to mature the soul. At first it is natural for the soul to be totally involved in the world to gain experience through Siva’s veiling grace/tirodhana shakti. As we eventually learn to exercise self control, over many lifetimes, God Siva grants His revealing grace/anugraha shakti. We claim our infinity, our oneness with God.

Path to Siva, Lesson 23

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