Each March schools in the USA have spring break, leading to a seasonal flood of pilgrims. Our monthly Ardra Abhishekam to Lord Nataraja had extra devotees present as a result. Extra darshan meetings allowed me to see everyone. On March 30th the annual Yogaswami Mahasamadhi puja was held in the Guru Pitham, with chanting of his 108 names in English and Sanskrit as well as singing his first Natchintanai song "Engal Gurunathan." At two of our homas, my talk focused on Gurudeva's and Patanjali's views on yoga. Here is one quote: "There is a strong tendency in the instinctive mind to want to look outside ourself to become more fulfilled instead of looking inside. The amount of dispassion differs between the family person and the monastic person. If the family person has too much dispassion, it won't work. He has to have a certain amount of passion toward family and so forth. But the monk cannot even have that. The main idea that applies to both is to give up the false concept that something outside of us is going to make us happier than something inside of us. That's what we need to give up." General contributions for March totaled $103,503, which exceeds our minimum monthly goal of $65,000. Special project contributions totaled an additional $208. We are grateful to our global family of temple builders for your continued and generous support. Aum Namasivaya!
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Yogaswami decorated for a special pada puja. He said, "If we put into practice the little we know, that is enough. We will come to know everything in that way. Meditate daily, 'I am Siva.'"
An orchid clings to the Wiliwili tree near Kadavul Temple, enchanting visitors who discover it above their heads.
Iraivan Temple Progress
Carving work on the Perimeter Wall and the elephant yalli handrail for the temple's Nandi Mandapam is progressing smoothly at our carving site in Bengaluru. The carvers are also working on a massive base for the Hanuman statue which has already arrived on the island. Here on Kauai the monks are preparing to move the bigger-than-lifesize statues of the satgurus of our lineage to their permanent places on the Path of the Saiva Saints, the meditation path that winds around the water ponds north of Iraivan Temple. Deva Rajan and Sadasivanathaswami marked the spots for the eight Gurus, from Nandinatha to Satguru Bodhinatha, and three-by-four feet concrete foundations were poured by our Tongan masons. The nursery for the thousands of plants that will be part of Iraivan's sacred gardens received several hundred tiny new additions in March. Sisters Anusha and Shreya Ragade, visiting the island with their mother Namrata, for spring break, helped to re-pot them.
Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami's Activities
Satguru and his editing team spent two weeks in March working on a new course that gives practical guidance for devotees to make spiritual progress. It focuses on the ways in which 64 character traits can be developed and refined in the life of a spiritual seeker in order to harness the instinctive and intellectual nature so that the superconscious soul nature can manifest itself. This presentation will be made available soon. In the early morning of the March 30th, Ashlesha nakshatra, Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami presided over a short puja in remembrance of the anniversary of Paramaguru Yogaswami's Mahasamadhi. Initiated local devotees were invited to take part in the puja, See bit.ly/guru-chronicles to read about Yogaswami's life and teachings in our most recent publication, The Guru Chronicles.
Publications and Other Activities
Production of the History of Hindu India movie (Parts Two and Three) continues under the direction of videographer Sushma Parmar. Part One of the series, posted to YouTube ten months ago, already has 300,000 views. The foreign language subtitled versions (Spanish, French, Indonesian, Tamil and Hindi) of the video have garnered another 50,000 views. The monks have also created an Iraivan Temple update video that Satguru Bodhinatha will show at various venues during his summer travels (See his travel page on our website). The monks have uploaded Hinduism Today's April-May-June 2015 edition online in web, PDF and ePub formats. It features an article on the historic World Hindu Congress and an in-depth article about the nine-day festival honoring cows at the world's largest cow ashram (they boast 155,000 bovines), Shree Pathmeda Godham Mahatirth, in Rajasthan....[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:
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Activating Kundalini; Patanjali's Kriya Yoga (March 28, 2015)
Sadhana Path of Change (March 21, 2015)
Contentment - Santosha, Cultivating Joy and Serenity in Life (March 15, 2015)
Attenuating Obstacles, Meditation (February 20, 2015)
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Our Next History Movie Gets Animated: Behind the ScenesTop to bottom: Our 3D Future: (top to bottom) Chinese pilgrim Xuanzang and his highly-functional, bamboo backpack is created in four steps: 1) wire frame mesh, 2) surfaces and initial coloring, 3) final textures and internal skeletal rigging for animation and 4) final rendering. The resulting figure can be moved into any posture. Likewise, the drawing of a Chola ship is fully rendered and ready to sail the open seas to Indonesia. Lastly, a model of Somnatha Temple and a Gupta-era coin.
As the History of Hindu India documentary, Part One, receives 1,500 hits per day on YouTube, our team is busy producing Parts Two and Three. As you read in the February newsletter, videographer Sushma Parma and narrator Raj Narayan spent two weeks filming in various parts of Gujarat and Maharasthra. With Sushma now back home in Texas, the hard work is underway of selecting footage, tweaking narration and creating the animations for the film.
It is in this latter task that we've assigned our Sadhaka Jayanatha to learn the fine art of 3D animation, and the results are truly stunning. Two decades ago, programs such as Illustrator and Photoshop gave anyone with a modest computer astounding control over 2D photography and illustration. Today 3D animation is within the reach of anyone's desktop. Granted, just as Photoshop by itself turned no one into a great photographer, our 3D animation program (we use Blender) makes no one a skilled animator. As with Illustrator, the results are only as good as one's artistic ability.
Can He Give Away His Home and Keep It, Too?
Harjeet, 72, a retired software engineer, enjoyed a successful career in the Bay Area's Silicon Valley. He now lives in a home large enough to welcome family and friends for long and short visits, renewing friendships and strengthening family ties. However, the income he receives from his retirement plan and investments has kept him in a higher than expected tax bracket. His accountant, Bill, knows that Harjeet is generous to Hindu causes. He suggests that Harjeet consider a life estate agreement with the Hindu Heritage Endowment (HHE). "What is a life estate agreement?" Harjeet asks skeptically.
"It's a way for you to give away your home and keep it, too," Bill quips.
Harjeet shifts uncomfortably in his chair. "My home is the center of my social life. It's the place where I welcome family and friends."
"You would continue to live as you do now," Bill assures him. "You would enjoy your home exactly as before."
"What about the 'give away your home' part," Harjeet asks nervously.
That's the part that helps you lower your taxes," Bill says. "Here's how it works.... [click here to read more]
Building Fund Donations
Thanks to Our February Temple Builders in 16 Countries
For the six months of September 2014 to February 2015, our minimum goal was $390,000. Excluding contributions directed toward special projects, we received actual contributions of $438,397.63.
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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.
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