Sun One begins a new phase with Bodhinatha looking bright during his weekly upadesha after the homa. He spoke this morning on Gurudeva’s teaching that one must become simple, direct and uncomplicated in order to experience Parasivam. It is the intellect that makes things complicated. “Concepts are not the goal,” he explained, “we must transcend the intellect to experience God.”
Nina Anand family and relatives visited for the first time from San Francisco Bay Area. They are friends of sishyas Hotranatha and Punita Ajaya. Had a wonderful visit to Iraivan and first darshan with Bodhinatha. Nina’s family recently became lifetime subscribers to Hinduism Today.
It’s the height of summer and the sun is already up at 6 am.
Trishul Siddharthan is here from Miami on a 10-day task force program.
Blue is a popular color today…
Something from the past… a picture of adoration…
On February 16th Bodhinatha was invited to be present for the inauguration of a great, new Siva temple being opened in Karnataka state. The inspiration behind the temple is none other than our own Sri Sri Balagangadharanathaswami, who has been so instrumental in the building of Iraivan over the years. This photo is taken at a high point in the consecration ceremonies.
Our Bilwa Trees Are Fruiting!
Lord Siva is said to sit under the bilwa tree. This year one of our trees out by San Marga is giving a lot of fruit.
The flesh inside is highly potent and highly prized for it’s medicinal value.
Retreat Fun in the Carpentry Shop
As a side project, Kumarswami made a cricket bat for the silpis. Cricket is one of their favorite sports. Tourists and local marvel at their games at the beach on their outings. Here Manickandan is holding the finished project, made from cyprus wood.
Manickandan was the mastermind and designer of the bat. A couple retreats ago he was talking to Dandapani about a bat to replace the makeshift one they have been using, and Acharya handed him a piece of lumber that seemed to be about the right size. While other silpis continued chatting, he went off to the side and began making pencil marks on the board to indicate where to cut and trim. Thus, a bat was marked out, in silpi style. They are all delighted with the outcome and look forward to their next game!
Friends who are fine, positive and good Hindus will help you most of all. It's important for parents of teenagers to know their teenager's friends. Our strength comes from mixing and interacting with others who are practicing sadhana. "The group helps the individual and the individual helps the group."
Pray to Lord Ganesha before beginning work. Turn everything you do into selfless service, seva, karma yoga. Work becomes worship. Hold the perspective of Sivanadiyar that you are the devoted servant of God Siva. "Do everything you do as Sivathondu. Give up this 'I' and mine."
"As you approach God's home, you can feel the spiritual energy, and as you go inside you are engulfed in peace." Trust in and open up to the deity. God is a very subtle presence. The temple and the murti within it are set up so that anyone can feel God's presence once they have enough devotion. Go to the temple and through the sanctified murti see God. Kumbabishekam purifies the temple, infuses divine energy into the murti. The deity, during puja, resides in the murti. Continuous daily worship perpetuates and over the years strengthens the power of the temple.
Be close to God by going to the temple. By shifting our minds to our religion the flow of positive karma is intensified. Being open and receptive receive the blessings of the deity. Bask in the divine energy radiating out from the murti. Creating a strong tie to the temple, perform a sacred act when you return home. Light a lamp in your home shrine; bring the vibration and summon the devas from the temple.