We had a wonderful visit this morning with Larry Skanda and Devi marks, brother and sister of Paramacharya Sadasivanathaswami. It has been a few years since they last visited, so we had much to catch up on. Their stay lasts a few more days.
Be they luxurious palaces, rustic warehouses, simple halls or granite sanctuaries, Hindu temples are springing up all over the world, numbering in the hundreds of thousands. Yet outside of India and a few places like Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bali, what happens inside these temples remains a mystery—to young generations of Hindus as well as to curious newcomers. It’s all a bit intimidating at first. This Insight is designed to answer the common questions that arise: Why are temples important? What are the customs and protocols, the dos and don’ts? What attitudes should one hold inside? Do all those rituals have a meaning? What is the priest chanting? All these musings and more are addressed here to help newcomers— both Hindus and non-Hindus—enjoy and benefit from their temple visits.
Bodhinatha's Latest Upadeshas, Commentary on the Path to Siva, Lesson 18:
" Our Affirmation of Faith - All-Pervasive Love, Absolute Reality" (February 27,2017)
"God Siva is Immanent Love and Transcendent Reality." Devotion is present in each of Saiva Siddhanta's four paths in our relationship to God. When we begin the soul feels God is really far away. As we get closer and closer as in the lover and Beloved, it means a oneness. You alone exist and you are love. Love alone exists, which is Siva, but which is also you. I am Transcendent Reality and Immanent Love.
Path to Siva, Lesson 18
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Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami gives an inspired talk in Kadavul Temple during our 2017 celebrations of Mahasivaratri. In His talk Satguru discusses life's innate perfection, our attitudes towards life, the many subtleties of the path and the depths of Siva's Absolute reality.