Dr. Pallav Kolli and his wife Garani Nataraja from California. Garani is the daughter of Ravi Nadaraja.
We have known Garani since she was a little baby in her father’s arms when Gurudeva visited his home in the early years (1980’s) after Ravi first came to America from Sri Lanka. Ravi did a brief pada puja to Gurudeva at the door of his humble home and his wife Gowri served dinner to Gurudeva and Sivakatirswami. During the meal, Garani was crawling contentedly all over father’s shoulders and back. Ravi paid no attention and kept up the conversation as if his daughter were just part of him. Swami remembers thinking “How patient this father is!”
Ravi and Gowri subsequently built very successful careers and family. Their daughters grew up and are now on their own. Now Garani is touching base with the Parampara.
Gowri and her husband Pallav are both doctors just starting their careers.
Arumugaswami shared with them some of our publishing initiatives.
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.