What Are Our Five Core Practices?

Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami

Bodhinatha’s Latest Upadeshas -- Commentaries on Path to Siva
What Are Our Five Core Practices?

The pancha nitya karmas are spiritual practices for all Hindus: worship, holy days, pilgrimage, dharma and rites of passage. Three forms of worship: the temple, home shrine and on pilgrimage. Daily spiritual practice. Mitigating karma by worship. On pilgrimage, in powerful temples with maximum effort in worship and one pointed attention, karmas accumulating for many past lives can be eliminated.

Path to Siva, Lesson 41.

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What Is Our Core of Conduct – Niyamas

Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami

Bodhinatha’s Latest Upadeshas -- Commentaries on Path to Siva
What Is Our Code of Conduct -- Niyama.

In Patanjali’s comments on the niyamas he speaks on religious action, kriya, bringing about samadhi and attenuating the kleshas. We think we have to be detached from that which we are attracted to but we also need to overcome aversion. It’s easier to be finite, to have a past and a future than to be infinite, without past and future, so, we’re clinging to life. The kleshas are the root source of karma. Quiet mental activity produced by the kleshas through meditation and achieve santosha, peace of mind. “Men of discrimination see sorrow in all experience.”

Path to Siva, Lesson 40, Niyamas.

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Four Great Tamil Saints — How We Look At Astrology

Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami

Bodhinatha’s Latest Upadeshas -- Commentaries on Path to Siva
Who Are the Four Great Tamil Saints? Path to Siva, Lesson 39 (January 17,2018)

Our saints have sung that Siva is within us, and we are within Siva.” Having devotion to Siva, having Siva in your heart, offers protection during difficult astrological times. Choose good days for major events in your life and for compatability in major partnerships. Siva is a compassionate God and the way He set up astrology was compassionate; it goes back and forth between positive and negative periods.

Path To Siva, Lesson 39.

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Who Are Our Holy Men and Women. The Spiritual Teaching of Saint Auvaiyar

Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami

Who Are Our Holy Men and Women? Path to Siva, Lesson 38 (January 10,2018, with some audio recording challenges that day)

“Bodhinatha describes the nature of the holy men and women of Saivism and relates the teachings of the women saint Auvaiyar. He shows how her focus is on dharma and at the same time, in her poem to Ganesha, how she exemplifies the nature of the monistic theism of our tradition — how theistic worship of the Deity takes us deep into inner awakenings of monism, being one with Siva.

Path To Siva, Lesson 38.

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Path to Siva: What Is Our Heritage of Gurus?

Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami

Bodhinatha’s Latest Upadeshas -- Commentaries on Path to Siva
What Is Our Heritage of Gurus? Path to Siva, Lesson 36 (December 27,2017)

“Since the beginning of time, the power, or shakti, of God Siva has been carried forth by enlightened beings, satgurus.” Spiritual progress is achieved through abhyasa, daily practice, and vairagya, dispassion.
Dispassion is being detached enough to be getting happiness from inside ourself not outside from the world. Control awareness; find and claim joyousness and peace every day in all environments. “Naam ariyom-We do not know.” When we get really deep inside to find the deepest truth it can not be explained.

Path To Siva, Lesson 36.

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