Hotel-lobby or Home
Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami , 1999-03-06
Today Gurudeva talks again about the "hotel lobby" home, the one in which parents and children just drop in for a bit and then leave. This, he explains, is the dysfunctional family. To create a real home the mother and father have to be there, the ancestors and guardian devas have to be invoked so that no one wants to leave. You should begin to turn your house into a home. Gurudeva talks about the Vedic astrology conference now being held on Kauai a few miles from his ashram.
Today at Kauai Aadheenam, it is March 6, and it's a busy day in cyberspace ashram, on the beautiful garden island of Kauai.
We had 2 students from the county college come with cameras, to film us and all the beautiful lakes, ponds and rivers that we have flowing through the ashram here. It's a class project.
Also, the Vedic Astrology Convention is being held on our island. Last night, we sent Sri Rudram chanters, about 6 or 8 monks there, swamis and sadhakas and yogis, to give a beautiful homa and blessing for the conference. Today, in a few hours, I'll be giving a talk, about how to use Vedic Astrology, for purifying your subconscious mind, for performing penance, which is traditional in Sanatana Dharma. Also explain to the astrologers, whether or not they are Hindu or not. People of Abrahamic religions i.e., Christianity, Judaism, Islam, don't believe in reincarnation, the existence of God everywhere, the law of karma and all that. If you have accepted those beliefs and made them a part of your life, obviously, you are a Hindu. No doubt about it.
We'll be talking about that, answering questions, and then having a signing of books. The new book, 'Merging with Siva' will be there. 365 daily lessons, which is a lifetime study. Certainly has been for me, because it has been 50 years of all of my classes, talks and lectures, programs, here and around the world, to thousands and thousands of beautiful souls.
We talked yesterday about making a house, a home. I don't know what we can do about a hotel lobby, where husband and wife work and kids are running in and out and the neighbor's kids are running in and out, and nobody is chaperoning anybody. Nobody knows what anybody is doing. Girls are getting pregnant, boys are making girls pregnant. Drugs, swearing, and all the nasty things of life. That's the hotel-lobby home, of a dysfunctional family.
It's a slow process, for a mother and a father to turn a house into a home. They move into a beautiful home. They have to be there. The aura of each mother and father and the children have to permeate the walls of the home. The devas and guardian devas and ancestors have to be worshipped and invoked into the home. That is turning a house into a home, because it is a vibration, it is a place that you want to come back to. You never want to leave, because ... why? It is your home.
Nowadays in dysfunctional families, kids want to leave home as quickly as possible. Soon as they are able to get a job and rent an apartment, they are out of there. That is no way to live. That is a wonderful way to die - lonely, uncared for, forgotten. We want to reverse that. It is only intelligence that can reverse a negative situation and turn it into a positive situation.
Everyone in cyberspace - I don't know who I am talking to. I may be talking to 15 or 20 of the daily listeners to these inspired talks. But, I hope that I have convinced you to turn your house into a home. And, if you have a hotel lobby where everybody is running in and out, try to turn that hotel lobby into a house and the house into a home.
We'll be back with you tomorrow. We're going off to the Vedic Astrology Conference, to give a nice talk to these beautiful astrologers that have come in from all parts of the world, to our little garden island in the middle of nowhere.
Aum Namah Sivaya