Bodhinatha will return from India, in a few days from now. His reports tell of a very successful trip.
Meanwhile, we work as diligently as we would if he was standing next to us. We know the Satguru is always present.
Today was the end of our three-times-a-year Sadhu Paksha retreat, and after the morning meditation we paraded out to the flagpole, with conches blowing the entire way.
The flag is changed to acknowledge the change of seasons, and also to begin a different spiritual emphasis for the next four months.
Gurudeva noted that the two points on the flag have for us a special meaning.
At Kauai’s Hindu monastery and everywhere members
reside, the Hindu flag, the Hindu dhvaja, majestically
proclaiming the Sanatana Dharma. Its change with
our three Hawaiian seasons.
The Church’s dual doctrines of faith are: the enlightened
monistic Saiva Siddhanta philosophy, Advaita Isvaravada,
of the Nandinatha Sampradaya’s Kailasa Parampara;
and Hindu solidarity, Hindu sambandha, unity in diversity among all
denominations of Sanatana Dharma. These two streams of consciousness
are represented by the two points of our flag, Hindu dhvaja.
THE FIRST DOCTRINE: MONISTIC THEISM, ADVAITA ISVARAVADA
The following concise statement capsulizes the first doctrine of Iaiva
Siddhanta Church, the monistic theism of Iaiva Siddhanta: God Siva
is within all things and all things are within Him. He is the Absolute
Reality, beyond time, space and causation; He is the Primal Soul–creator,
preserver and destroyer of all that exists. Yet, His majestic body is seen
and He is talked with by the Rishis. So great is He, the Incomparable One.
Mysteriously, He is the Creator and the Creation. He is All and within
all. Therefore, we preach the monistic theism of Saiva Siddhanta.
Rajanatha carries the new flag in the procession.
Palaniswami takes down the old flag.
THE SECOND DOCTRINE: HINDU SOLIDARITY, HINDU SAMBANDHA
The following concise statement capsulizes the second doctrine of Saiva
Siddhanta Church, Hindu solidarity: For all sects of Hinduism to survive
in their pristine purity, maintaining their traditions, cultural heritages
and religious theologies within our great Sanatana Dharma, each must
strengthen the other by strengthening itself. Having found their roots, Hindus
of all sects can proceed with confidence and work for Hindu solidarity. The many beliefs and practices common to all Hindus are the meeting ground, the basis of this profound unity in diversity. Therefore, we preach Hindu solidarity.
Sadhaka Tejadeva blows the conch to celebrate the moment and call all the divine beings to join us.
The new flag is unfurled.
And connected to the rope.
Up it goes to celebrate the third period of the year.
The third period of the year, Moksha ritau, the cool
season, is from mid-December to mid-April. It is the season
of dissolution. The key word is resolution. Merging
with Iiva: Hinduism’s Contemporary Metaphysics is the focus of study and
intense investigation. The colors of this season are coral-pink, silver and
all shades of blue and purple– coral for the Self within, silver and blue
for illumination, and purple for enlightened wisdom.
High above flies the coral flag, signaling Parasiva, Absolute Reality, beyond time, form and space.
And, yes, that’s the moon!
Moksha ritau is a time of appreciation, of gratitude for all that life
has given, and a time of honoring elders, those in the sannyasa stage of
life. Moksha ritau is excellent for philosophical discussions, voicing one’s
understanding of the path through an enlightened intellect.
Back to the main building we go.
In finance, it is the time for yearly accounting and reconciliation. On a mundane level it is a time of clearing attics, basements, garages, sheds, warehouses, workshops and desks, getting rid of unneeded things, of pruning trees, of streamlining life on the physical plane, of reengineering.
The focus is meditation, inner worlds, subconscious cleansing, striving for Self Realization and pondering spiritual liberation. It is the finest time of the year for meditation.
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.