Lift the Self up
Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami , 1998-09-18
Gurudeva encourages us all to be involved with Hinduism Today, our outreach and public service, encompassing all of the Hindu Religion. Gurudeva today tells us we are all special, courageous, happy, people. We are here to lift ourselves up, realize the Self. Gurudeva talks about being touched as Divine souls. Gurudeva then sings to us a beautiful song.
Here at Kauai Aadheenam on the Garden Island of Kauai, it is Friday, September 18. Aloha!
'Aloha' means the spirit of love and trust, encompassing everyone. Everyone is our friend in the Aloha spirit on this island of Kauai. We are all one family, we are Kauains.
Today, Acharya Kumaraswami gave a beautiful talk to the congregation here on Kauai, that comes to the temple on Sun 5, on our mystic moon calendar.
Perhaps you have noticed that we have better technology. We hope it helps because we have set up a new microphone system for me to talk to you and you to hear me. So let me know, if it has any kind of improvement on your computer screen, as we are looking at each other, today.
Well, we have 20 or 30 new computers arriving today. After 4 or 5 years of using computers, new and faster ones are coming from our wonderful benefactor in California, who so graciously has given this boon. We are so grateful. Honestly, all the monks who are renunciates are not so much a renunciate today, because they have a bigger, a faster, more memory computer than they have ever experienced in their lives. You know, it is really amazing that as soon as we get a faster computer, somehow or other when it gets plugged in to the network, all of our other computers become slower. How does that work?
Paramacharya Bodhinatha and team, our ministry in India, have left Chennai for Salem today, to visit a fund-raising team for the Iraivan Temple that is working there in the Indian community. We wish you well and are waiting for your report, so that we can explain what you are doing on our information page. We are trying to focus all of our members of Saiva Siddhanta Church in enrolling new subscribers for 'Hinduism Today'. You can help, too.
'Hinduism Today' is the prow of our ship. It is our public service, it is our outreach. We need more subscribers. Not that we don't have enough, but there is always a desire for more, because it is a beautiful magazine. It is the only one that encompasses all of the Hindu religion.
Now, to you. I have been thinking about you today. Everyday I sit overlooking the sacred Wailua river with Sannyasin Saravanathaswami reading to me the mail and e-mail that I receive. I give him my replies to forward back on to you. All of you are very special people who are looking at me today and myself, looking at you.
You are courageous. You are happy. You are strong. You fear nothing. That is the great potential of you that the Vedas declare, "That is the real you." Let no one make you fearful. Let no one make you doubtful. Let no one break your spirit. You are here on Earth to lift yourself up and once you have done that, lift others up. That is the purpose of our being here. No other purpose. To realize the Self, love your Self.
That does not mean to realize your individual, little, low, ego identity, depart from your family and run away from home, disobeying them and going into a gang or experience all the lower life. That is not lifting your Self, that is degradation. That will be many, many lives for overcoming the karmas that you create by doing that. So, give up that idea, if you have ever had any in your head. I may not be talking to you. But, there is someone out there that will see this and realize what I am talking. When you do, that is you.
You are a divine soul, impervious. You can only be touched by other divine souls. We are touching our souls today. This is darshan. I am seeing you and you are seeing me. I am always reminded of this little song.
I will be seeing you
in all those familiar places
that this heart of mine embraces
All they seem
in that small way ....
through our computers
They are like a yogi cave across the way
a magic inner bell,
a wishful, wishing tree
the light of lives lived well.
I will be seeing you tomorrow
in every Indian summer day
in everything that is bright and gay
I will always think of you that way
I will find you in Surya's morning sun
and when it is Siva's night at noon
I will be looking at my ...
....... and seeing you on your PC or your Macintosh!! I will be seeing the soul of you, as you are seeing the soul of me. Until tomorrow!