Sun One

We began another phase today with a dynamic Sun One Homa. Bodhinatha also gave a short but super insightful commentary on Gurudeva’s teachings about chakras and the 3rd and the 4th dimension. Stay tuned for these talks in the days ahead.

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Namaskaram Mandapam Stone

In the center of the area in front of the main sanctum we have the “Namaskaram Mandapam” , literally “The Prostration Hall”. In the center is the magnificent Namaskaram stone. It is a single piece of black granite stone surrounded by red flooring stone. It goes in the center of the four Tara pillars. It is oriented to the North and South direction. It is highly polished and carved ornately to look like a carpet.

This arrived in the recent shipment and was moved into the temple on the 21st, a few days ago.

Traditionally, all regular temple devotee prostrate to the deity at the Kodimaran, outside the temple between the flag pole and the main entrance.

This stone is a special place where the “acharya” or the Guru prostrates.

Acharya here also implies the priest — who is considered the fifth, living Lingam of the Siva temple.

Looking Back at the Melbourne Parliament

The week Down Under is still unraveling its amazing energy in our lives, as we connect with those we met in Melbourne during the "world's largest interfaith gathering."

The Hinduism today editorial team is just today completing an article for the next edition of the magazine, which you can all look forward to reading. For today, we offer a phew photos and some reflections on the event.

Some 200 religions were said to be represented among the 6,000 who attended.

It is not uncommon for the great saints and acharyas of Hinduism to meet one another at massive gatherings, especially within India, but the Parliament of the World's Religions proved to be something special.

Yes, there were great Hindu leaders there, but they were not just mingling among themselves. They were discussing issues with the world's leading rabbis and bishops, imams and leaders of dozens of world faiths.

1. That intersection of religions holds the potential for cross-pollination between faiths, and the creating of links and understandings that may, if pursued thoughtfully, even bring into focus solutions to the many plights facing the human race.

The issues in Melbourne were staggering: climate catastrophe, poverty, wars, justice, the rights of indigenous peoples, interfaith harmony and more.

But the mood was sanguine, and the voices of hope bold.

In cloistered chambers Hindus were both teaching and touching the hearts of humanity, though its leaders.

In the halls business cards were exchanged, harbingers of collaborations yet to come, conversations yet to happen.

The swamis from around the world had a poised presence and a powerful message of peace, compassion and tolerance.

In all, one had the impression that the Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists were not only a colorful delegation of their traditions but a unique voice of the Parliament, one that was more internal, more grounded in the powerful possibility of a change of consciousness as a key among the solutions that the human race must embrace.

A Buddhist message of peace provided a fitting climax as the Dalai Lama urged humanity toward higher ideals, gentle means and a sense of the oneness of all.

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