Friends and How to Choose Them

Today Gurudeva answers the question, "What is Siva meditating upon in pictures of Him?" He explains how it takes a lot of meditation to create, preserve and absorb all the universe, all the souls and all the Gods. He answers another question and explains how to get a Hindu name and begin the conversion process to Hinduism. Then Gurudeva talks about friends, how to choose friends. He again invites everyone to join him in "Innersearch Alaska" cruise from Vancouver to Anchorage and the opening of the first Hindu temple in Alaska.

Unedited Transcript:

Today at Kauai Aadheenam. It is the 28th of March. Greetings, everyone! We are very happy in cyberspace to speak with you in our ashram in the air.

We have a question here from Chitravelu Gunasekaran in Kuala Lumpur. "We have a picture of Lord Siva meditating and many are asking, "What is Lord Siva meditating upon?""

Well, Lord Siva is the Creator, Preserver and Absorber of the entire Universe. Sometimes, we say Destroyer of the Universe. Mahapralaya, that is when Lord Siva brings everything into Himself. So, He sustains the Universe as Ishwara, absorbs it as Rudra and creates it as Maheswara. It takes a lot of meditation to do that!

Siva has created all the Gods, Krishna and Radha, Goddesses Lakshmi and everybody and all the souls of all the people. Your soul, Chitravelu, is created by Lord Siva. It is a shining ball of light, living within a physical body, astral body, mental body. It is right there. It is superconscious.

You can explain this to all of your friends or tune them in to our Cyberspace Ashram.

Gloria, from Oregon, asks "I would like a Hindu name. I want to convert to Hinduism but I am not of any religion."

Therefore, you cannot convert to Hinduism. You have to adopt Hinduism as your religion and you would be very, very welcome. Please send us your address and we will send you a beautiful Hindu name. What we need is your exact time and date of birth, and place of birth to choose just the proper, astrological name for you. Everybody has a tone and that tone is the exact time and place of their birth. There is a Sanskrit name for you, which we will look up. We are very happy that you are interested to go to a Hindu Temple and we will try to find one for you. So, please communicate with us. We do need your name and address so that we can send you beautiful things through the mail. We call it snail-mail because it goes so slow now.

Another question has come up about choosing friends. You want to choose friends that you are intellectually, spiritually able to communicate with. Not people who are attractive physically or emotionally exciting. Those friends will come and go throughout your life. They are really not friends, they are acquaintances.

Friends should help one another, uplift one another, stand by one another and you do not need a lot of friends. If you are a popular person, you could have a lot of acquaintances and a few friends. If you are a student, you are going to school to study and not to make friends. You want to come out the other end as a professional, a good educated person. Then you can make lifetime friends. Socializing too much interferes with study and often making lots of good friends can lead you astray. There are many things in the world today that you can stray off into and wind up without an education and therefore, no career.

We want to encourage everyone to get on the big boat and come to Anchorage Alaska, with me. We are leaving in June from Vancouver and going to Anchorage, Alaska. We are going to be together, we are going to do seminars, have classes, study meditation and we are going to install a beautiful Ganesha deity in the first Hindu Temple in Anchorage, Alaska, and even in the state of Alaska. It is coming up at the end of this voyage. Just a little bit time left to enroll, it is coming up very fast. It is called 'Innersearch Alaska'.

What is 'Innersearch'? What does that mean? It means searching within yourself for your true nature, for your true identity, for your true roots. Innersearch Alaska. Come on board!

We will be talking to you again tomorrow and then after that a 3-day retreat this time. During this time, we take time to reflect on what we did and what we are going to do, endeavoring to purify our lives, live in the moment of the eternal Now. When we are living Now, that is a wonderful place to be. No worries about the future and no regrets about the past. We'll be seeing you in the gnana.

Aum Namah Sivaya!