Top to bottom: Aditya Alurkar family brought for a visit
His Holiness Swami Madhav Tirthji
who has an ashram in Anand, Gujarat, called Omkar Sadhana Ashram; Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami and Senthilnathaswami participate in the consecration rites for the new temple in Fort Worth, Texas; organizers honor Bodhinatha after the elaborate 3-day event; a 6am homa ceremony in Kadavul Temple; the Kondapi family and friend from Arizona on pilgrimage; the exotic vinyl floor during installation by Durvasa Alahan and Acharya Kumarnathaswami; just one example of nature’s wonders in the sacred gardens this time of year.
Satguru continued his series of discourses on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras by elucidating on the restraint of mental activities in yoga practice. You can hear that talk on the Look/Listen pages of our website by clicking here. Bodhinatha and Senthilnathaswami traveled to Texas for a week at the beginning of June. In Austin, they toured the nearly completed Chinmaya Mission Sundaram Temple and Ashram, hosted by the center’s Acharya Brahmachari Girish Chaitanya. In Fort Worth, they were special guests at the opening ceremonies of the area’s new Hindu temple. On June 26 Bodhinatha and six monastics traveled to Mauritius for the 2014 Mauritius Innersearch Travel-Study Program. Shortly after arriving they held a “Meet the Publisher and Editors of Hinduism Today Magazine” event at the prestigious Hennessey Park Hotel attended by 350 subscribers and numerous Hindu and government leaders. The evening’s presentation ended with a screening of our 22-minute film “The History of Hindu India.” During the Q&A session afterwards, one inspired attendee declared, “Wow! I have to tell you this is the first time I have ever seen my religion presented in a way that touched me so deeply. Tonight I feel proud to be a Hindu.”
Iraivan Temple Progress
Two shipping containers have been loaded in India enroute to Kauai. One holds the five ton Avudaiyar, the pedestal that will hold the Maha Spatika Lingam, and the Pancha Brahma murthis that will be placed in the niches around the external walls of the sanctum of Iraivan Temple. The other contains the Yalli handrails for the front steps, granite statues of Gurudeva and Bodhinatha, as well as the Nandi and miscellaneous stones of the Nandi Mandapam. The containers should reach Kauai in about two months.
Our New Swami
After over 45 years of exemplary selfless service, and after having been a yogi tapasvin for the last six years, Yogi Jothinatha was initiated into sannyas by Bodhinatha as Kaivalyanathaswami in an early morning ceremony. The auspicious day finished with a powerful Vaikasi Visakam Muruga abhishekam and puja in the evening.
Publications and Other Activities
The July/August/September issue of Hinduism Today has been uploaded to our website. The online version contains a stunning slideshow from our special feature on Rishikesh. The Siddhidatta Kulam enlarged our Annapurna vegetable garden in June, adding 12 more raised beds with concrete perimeters. The Media Studio renovation project moved forward with the completion of the custom printed vinyl floor. Our many thanks to Durvasa Alahan for his expert help with the installation. The Aditya Alurkar family, from California, brought His Holiness Swami Madhav Tirthji to the monastery for a short visit to meet Bodhinatha. Swami is head of the Omkar Sadhana Ashram in Anand, Gujarat. The History of Hindu India (Part One) video was finished in June. It is based on our book, The History of Hindu India. The book was so well received that the Uberoi Foundation provided a grant to fund a video edition. Dr. Bajpai, Professor Emeritus of History at California State University Northridge, was instrumental in guiding the content development with Arumuganathaswami. Video producer Sushma Khadepaun manifested infinite patience and long hours, both in the USA and in India, to complete the project. Raj Narayan collaborated to narrate and produce the superb audio track. This video (like the book) is intended to provide an authentic presentation of the history of India and Hinduism for use in American 6th grade social studies classes, as well as Hindu temple study groups and general presentations of Hindu religion and history. It can be freely distributed for educational purposes. See it now on the Hinduism Today video channel of YouTube here.
Initiated into sannyas on June 10 by Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, this is our new swami, Sannyasin Kaivalyanatha Arulen
Visiting from San Franciso, Meyyappan and Devi, with daughter Parvati, son Arvind, and Meyyappan’s father, Ramanathan, from South India.
Bodhinatha's Newest Teachings Online
Satguru Bodhinatha is now turning his 15-minute Keynote presentations into movies which can be used for our personal benefit or shared at a satsang of friends. See them here. Thanks to a vibrant team of transcribers we can hear Bodhinatha's recent talks and read the transcriptions here. Read the transcriptions on line. Click here for all of Bodhinatha's talks.
Bodhinatha's weekly talks can be heard on our website:
Click here for a complete index of both Bodhinatha's and Gurudeva's talks on line
Patanjali: Practice to Achieve Samadhi (June 21, 2014)
Patanjali's Yoga Sutras - False Knowledge (June 15, 2014)
Separating Awareness From What it Perceives (June 5, 2014)
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