Last month Sannyasin Shanmuganathaswami and I traveled to Tennessee to attend the Satarudreeya Maha Yagnam held at the India Cultural Center and Temple in Memphis. It was a grand event held over a five-day period with 121 priests (ritviks) at 121 homa kunds. On each day, Sri Rudram was chanted eleven times by all 121 ritviks while abhishekam was being conducted. The Memphis temple is unique in the United States in that all its priests are trained in the Agamas—three in the Vaishnava Vaikanasa Agamas and two in the Saiva Agamas. I gave seven talks during the celebration. Some were on Hindu basics such as the four purusharthas—dharma, artha, kama and moksha—and the four ashramas: brahmacharya, grihastha, vanaprastha and sannyasa. A number of the talks included explanations about what the Agamas are and how in the Agamic traditions the murti is especially sacred and made so by the prana prathistha portion of the kumbhabhishekam. The final day of ceremonies, from 7am to 4pm, generated a tremendous amount of spiritual energy and upliftment. General contributions for April totaled $100,167, which exceeds our minimum monthly goal of $65,000. Special project contributions totaled an additional $7,408. We are grateful to our global family of temple builders for your continued and generous support. Aum Namasivaya!
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Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami and Yoginathaswami replace the coral pink flag of Moksha Ritau with a bright orange flag, marking the start of Nartana Ritau and the beginning of the Hindu Year of Manmatha, 5117.
Maha Ganapati sports an handsome Aum made from chandanam and kumkum on His trunk, the offering of one of the monks during his 3am temple vigil.
Top to bottom: The ladies who spent nearly a week doing sadhanas and enjoying a retreat meet with Satguru in the Guru Pitham; Satguru presides over the weekly homa in the precincts of Kadavul Temple; Iraivan’s golden towers shine in the tropical afternoon; Sadhaka Mayuranatha and Nirvani Nilakanthanatha perform the 180th Pada Puja in honor of Gurudeva’s Mahasamadhi in 2001; Sadhaka Jayanatha at his workstation
Iraivan Temple Progress
Every stone of the Iraivan Temple construction project has been carved at our current and previous worksite just north and west of Bengaluru, formerly known as Bangalore, in the state of Karnataka in southern India. The stone carvers, who live on site, are now working on the last segment—the perimeter wall. The carving work on the wall is progressing smoothly, as is the work on the large decorative pots that will sit atop it. The carvers are also working on a massive base for the Hanuman statue which has already arrived on Kauai. When all the stones of the perimeter wall are completed and shipped to Kauai, probably in two to three years, we will bring carvers from Bengaluru to do the final assembly work.
Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami's Activities
A small group of ladies from Malaysia, Singapore and Canada visited the monastery as part of a week-long retreat. Satguru talked with them about temple worship in the Saiva Agamas; sharing a presentation he was preparing for the Maha Yagnam at the Memphis temple. During the class, he gave “Aum Namasivaya” Mantra Diksha to Parimala Selvaraj of Malaysia
Earlier in April, Satguru gave a special class to our youngest monks. The subject was Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. Verse by verse, Satguru went through explaining and answering questions about this profound yogic text. Much of a monastic training at Kauai Aadheenam is experiential, so a chance to sit down with their satguru for a in-depth discussion of high philosophy was a special treat.
Also in April, Satguru sent video congratulations to Dr. Larry Payne for his 35 years of service to the people of Southern California at the Samata Yoga Center in Los Angeles. In the video, Satguru mentions our publication Yoga’s Forgotten Foundation, which is featured in the resource section of the International Day of Yoga website, idayofyoga.org. We invite you to download the free ebook version of this book at bit.ly/yogaff and to participate in the June 21st International Day of Yoga at a venue near you.
Publications and Other Activities
Left: Brahmanathaswami holds a Natchintanai singing class during the Ladies’ Retreat; a glimpse of the thousands of tissue culture plants that are being collected and grown for Iraivan’s future landscaping needs.
The monks of the Ganapati Kulam finished the final editing of the July/August/September 2015 issue of Hinduism Today magazine, which will soon go to press. The feature article covers the famed the Kashi Vishwanatha temple in Varanasi, and life in that remarkable holy place, arguably the oldest continuously inhabitated city on Earth. Other articles cover an elders’ care facility in Nepal, an amazing high-end vegetarian restaurant in Chennai, Singapore’s Murugan temple, the Life and Teachings of Ramanuja Acharya, Hinduism in Guyana, and much more.....[more]
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
Uphold Behavior Twenty-Four Hours a Day (April 19, 2015)
Bliss, Satchidananda and Samadhi (April 13, 2015)
Activating Kundalini; Patanjali's Kriya Yoga (March 28, 2015)
Sadhana Path of Change (March 21, 2015)
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Peer into the Marvels of Hinduism
What Is Hinduism? is an incomparable resource for learning, teaching, or simply musing on the marvels of Hinduism. It is a compilation of 46 of the best educational articles produced by Hinduism Today’s editors over the past 20 years. We might call it Hinduism’s premier “coffee-table book.” This book will be eagerly read by pre-teens interested in the Sanatana Dharma and secretly browsed by the teenagers in your home. It is used as text at Pittsburg’s Sri Venkateswara Temple Summer Camp. Recommended for every Hindu home, it makes a great gift. Available at MiniMela.com or at Amazon.com, for which you can leave a review if you so choose. Alternately, view it on our own website. ....[More]
Death & Dying: Preparations for Transition
A woman has just made her transition. Though her physical body lies lifeless, she is fully aware of Siva in her astral body.
People ask, “What should a person do to prepare to die?” Everyone is prepared to die, and whether it happens suddenly or slowly, intuitively each individual knows exactly what he is experiencing and about to experience. Death, like birth, has been repeated so many times that it is no mystery to the soul. The only problem comes with conflicting beliefs, which produce fear and anxiety about death. This temporary ignorance soon subsides when the failing forces of the physical body reach a certain level. At this point, the intelligence, the soul itself, is there. We can compare this to restless sleep and deep sleep.
When one knows he is going to depart the physical body, he should first let everybody know that he knows and give relatives security by explaining to them that soon they won’t be seeing him in a physical body anymore. He should consciously go over his wealth and his properties. From the Hindu point of view, the knowledge of one’s imminent departure begins the sannyasa ashrama for the individual. The devotee traditionally divests himself of all material belongings, effecting a conscious death before the actual death. He is the executor of his own will, taking care of everybody and not leaving these things to others to deal with after his passing..... [click here to read more]
Building Fund Donations
Thanks to Our April Temple Builders in 16 Countries
SUMMARY: For the eight months of September 2014 to April 2015, our minimum monthly goal was $520,000. Excluding contributions directed toward special projects, we received actual contributions of $642,067.50.
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Iraivan Temple is a punya tirtha, a sacred destination for devout pilgrims. The vision of Lord Siva on San Marga that Gurudeva was blessed with in 1975 is sustained and made manifest by the daily sadhanas of 21 resident monastics from five nations. Kadavul Hindu Temple and the many sacred areas of San Marga are available to Hindus for worship, meditation, japa and quiet reflection. It is best, if you are planning to come to visit us, to email us in advance to make sure the days of your visit coincide with our open times. And, if you want to have darshan with Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, to check if he is in residence and to make the necessary appointment. Please see our visitor information pages for more details.
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