This concludes a short dynamic phase. The county is working on the reservoir and all our ponds and streams have been shut off. The Koi fish were moved to safe keeping until the water is turned on again. Meanwhile we are taking this opportunity to do some much needed repairs of leaks that will help prevent erosion in the future. Yoginathaswami and Sadhaka Rajanatha are healthy and doing well in their whirlwind visit to India. This is Sadhaka Rajanatha’s first visit to India and he is having a great time there.
The Ganapati Kulam gave their news. The digital edition of Hinduism Today, April 2010, is to be released officially next week. This involves work by the team, getting the PDF ready, recording Bodhinatha’s Publisher’s desk and getting various little pieces in place to push the web site forward to the next issue. Every three years we upgrade computer equipment, so there are lots of boxes arriving. Arumugaswami is getting ready for a month long trip with Bodhinatha to Mauritius and India. Work proceeds on the Parampara book, daily TAKA etc.
Please keep an eye on the right side bar as we catch up missing Bodhinatha talks. Today we posted links to a marvelous upadesh on the transmutation of prana through the chakras as one matures and grows old gracefully.
Don’t miss it!
~~~~~~~~~~~ END OF PHASE
Today is the last day of our phase.
This edition of TAKA will remain posted
over our coming three-day retreat,
until Tritiya Tithi, Sun One, Tuesday, March 2th.
Treat the guest as God; the guest's heart is more sensitive than the most sensitive flower. If we generously give to others, we will attract more wealth in this and future lives. Siva's followers serve holy men, honor elders, help each others families and grow together in Godliness. Giving to a temple builds punyam; you are helping the temple help humanity. "Charities merit cannot be measured by gifts given, it is measured by measuring the receiver's merit."
We need to perfect Ishvarapujana, personal worship, before we can expect to do really well in meditation. "The idea of Ishvarapujana, worship, is to always be living with God, living in Siva in God's house..." Learn the spirit of the puja, learn the spirit of devotion, get deeply into worship in the home. During puja, we're giving prana and devotional energy to the Deity; we receive blessings in return. God isn't living in your house, it's God's house and you are living in it.
The three stripes of vibhuti across the forehead signify trying to purify ourselves from the influence of anava, karma and maya. There are two ways we're attached to the world, that which gives us pleasure and pain. We're slowly changing our karma over a period of many lifetimes through wise action in the present. With humble action we work on lessening the ego-sense rather than enhancing it.