Foundation of Bhakti

Cybertalk: Bodhinatha reads from and gives bhashya on today's Master Course lesson of the Day from Gurudeva's trilogy, Dancing with Siva, Living with Siva and Merging with Siva. Lord Ganesha is the God of time and memory. He helps stabilize us by keeping us from falling below the muladhara chakra at the base of the spine, where He lives. Gurudeva recognized the need for a foundation of bhakti in those who meditate seriously. Worshiping Ganesha in a sincere way helps us stay in the higher chakras and remain calm emotionally and mentally. Talking about how we are the soul and all of these wonderful high philosophical points is great but we also need to take a look at our weaknesses and shortcomings and work to improve them. Ganesha is like our dance teacher, and he helps us maintain harmony, which is very important on the spiritual path.

Living with Siva talks about monastics being the leaders of Hinduism and those responsible for the perpetuation of the faith. More monks will be needed in the monastery to keep it going well into the future, of course. To conceive and raise a monk for the monastery is a meritorious act that all devout Saivite families are encouraged to take on.

Merging with Siva lesson is on maturing the soul body. The soul body develops and gets stronger as it matures. What surrounds the soul body, such as the mental, emotional, astral and physical bodies, all come and go, but the one thing we take with us from life to life is our soul body, because that's the real us.

Photo of  Gurudeva
You have to realize It to know It; and after you realize It, you know It; and before you realize It, you want It; and after you realize It, you don't want It. You have lost something. You have lost your goal for Self Realization, because you've got it.
—Gurudeva