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.
"Adjust yourself to the realization that you are a divine being, a self-effulgent, radiant being of light."
Jyoti is the Sanskrit word for inner light. To bestow on devotees terms that were more specific, Gurudeva developed the Shum Language of Meditation. In Shum the word for the light that lights up the mind is balikana. During Shum meditation there is an indrawing of forces to realize balikana, a moon-like glow, leading to iftye a deeper kind of inner light which, in turn, leads to milinaka, a sustained iftye which doesn't go away and can be sustained after we've finished our meditation.