Bodhinatha’s Latest Upadeshas:“Accept the World, Take Responsibility” (June 28,2016)
What is happening in the world is supposed to be happening, not because God wants it to happen but because man created it. There is no advantage, as a normal citizen, to get disturbed by violence in the world. Impact your own sphere of influence by being a peaceful person, radiating compassion and concern for others. Take responsibility, realizing karma is the source, our creation, attracting the people we encounter, the experiences we go through.
Master Course Trilogy, Merging with Siva, Lesson 106.
Today marked the moon's passage into the lunar mansion (nakshatra) known as Ardra. Ardra nakshatra is associated with Lord Siva, specifically with the eponymously named star within it. The star known as Ardra is known as Betelgeuse in astronomy, and is 1.5 billion times larger than our sun. Think about that. Keep in mind that our sun is a million times larger than the size of our earth to begin with. This affords us the opportunity to meditate on the microcosm/macrocosm concept. Lord Nataraja's image conveys the constant activity of our natural universe in His dance. It occurs every millisecond within every subatomic particle. This is Parasakti.
Today's photo captions are the entirety of Gurudeva's third lesson of Dancing with Siva, "What Is Meant by 'Dancing with Siva?'."
Please also enjoy also this quotation from Saint Thirumular on Siva's Dance.
"The thirty-six elements dance. Sadasiva dances. Consciousness dances. Siva-Sakti dances. The animate and inanimate dance. All these and the Vedas dance when the Supreme dances His dance of bliss. The seven worlds as His golden abode, the five chakras as His pedestal, the central kundalini sakti as His divine stage, thus in rapture He dances, He who is Transcendent Light. He dances with the celestials. He dances in the golden hall. He dances with the three Gods. He dances with the assembly of silent sages. He dances in song. He dances in ultimate energy. He dances in souls--He who is the Lord of Dances. Tat Astu."
-- Saint Thirumoolar
During Satguru's time in London, he visited the Shree Ghanapathy Temple in London where he gave a presentation he created entitled, "What is Saivism?" The purpose of the presentation is to clarify Saivism's uniqueness from other Hindu schools of thought, mostly in an effort to have the distinction between it and the prevailing idea of Sankaracarya's Advaita Vedanta clear in the mind of practicing Saivas. Part One of Five is embedded above, which shows the heartfelt welcoming of Satguru at the temple. Below, we offer links to the remaining four sections in which the actual presentation is contained. The YouTube channel on which these videos are posted is London Hindu Temples, which hosts a collection of beautiful videos of the many festivals and other events happening in and around London's Sri Lankan Tamil Hindu community. We encourage you to watch other videos on their channel and subscribe. Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSW_r9hFg_4 Part 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gNVEjpsOn4 Part 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQ5i6UJdyZc Part 5: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDd4_nzHsso
On this final day of the Gregorian year, we are setting off silent fireworks to mark the end of a successful 2015 Digital Dharma Drive. Our goal was $70,000 this year, and as of this morning we have a little over $84,000. This is great. It will allow our little team to make important progress on our educational and spiritual resources in the months ahead and to access critical expertise we don't have.
In celebration, our team would like to present each of you with an upgrade to our heretofore stodgy (and, yes, non-responsive on mobile devices) Hinduism Today website! After many years, the HT website was in drastic need of an update, especially considering how many readers of the magazine are accessing it on their phones. This upgrade is mainly to the look and feel of the site. Being fully responsive, it scales itself to the size of the screen you're using, allowing for readability in any circumstance. All of our content is still there and now easier to find, with quick links to important content and our HPI news feed right on our homepage. For those who speak the language of the interwebs, we'd like to give thanks to the open-source bootstrap framework and to our trusty Xoops database for helping to make this upgrade a success. But most of all, a big thank you to the readers who inspire and support our work. Let the New Year begin! See HinduismToday.com
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