Bodhinatha visited San Antonio to speak at the Hindu Temple in Helotes. Here, Dr. Narasimha Pemmaraju Rao, a renowned physician and long-time friend of the monastery, introduces Bodhinatha to the group.
Bodhinatha spoke eloquently, giving practical suggestions for Hindu temples and families.
The group, though a small one of about 25, was very eager to hear Bodhinatha's message. On the right is a family from Austin who recently visited the monastery. They drove down to meet Bodhinatha and hear him speak.
The next morning Bodhinatha met with Viji Kumaraswamy at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. She manages a portion of the assets for Hindu Heritage Endowment. To our mutual delight, it came out in the conversation that Viji was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and spent the first seven years of her life living in the village of Kokuvil in Jaffna. Her relatives are still there managing a tea packaging and distribution operation.
Next we drove north to Austin to meet with our representatives at Apple Education about our upcoming computer hardware refresh, which we now do every three years. It was a rich meeting, full of useful details to help us make the best choices about the hardware we purchase for the monastery.
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.