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In the second week of August, Sannyasin Shanmuganathaswami and I flew to Florida where we held satsangs in West Palm Beach and Orlando. Then we made the long journey to Mauritius for a weekend of activities. The main event on Friday was a satsang at the Sarveshwara Siva Temple in Pailles, with a talk on “Surrender is Central to All Yogas,” which was my Publisher’s Desk column in the July issue of Hinduism Today. Saturday morning I gave a two-hour Keynote presentation to a group of informal students of The Master Course. It was entitled “How to Achieve Spiritual Progress,” one of my favorite topics. In the evening, we enjoyed a group dinner with Mauritius Church members. Sunday was also a dynamic day, with a grand Siva homa and abhishekam at the Spiritual Park, plus four brahmacharya vratas and one vrata sishya pledge. The next day we flew to Bengaluru, India. There, we held personal and family darshan sessions at the hotel after which we gathered with the group for a special lunch. We also paid a visit to the Veda Agama Samskrutha Maha Patashala, Sri Sri Gurukulam Campus, a dynamic priest school affiliated with the Sri Venkateswara Vedic University of Tirupati, and located at the Art of Living International Centre. Finally, we enjoyed a day at the Iraivan carving site and adjacent Rajasankara home for discussions, pada puja and darshan sessions. We are grateful to our global family of temple builders for your continued generous support. General contributions for August totaled $78,832 which is more than our minimum monthly goal of $65,000. Special project contributions totaled an additional $218. Aum Namasivaya!
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Founder of Kauai’s Hindu Monastery, Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (Gurudeva), 1927-2001
The astral plane is for the most part exactly duplicated in the physical plane, though it is of a more intense rate of vibration. Beings in the higher Antarloka are trained in technology, the arts and increments of culture to take up bodies in the Bhuloka, to improve and enhance conditions within it. It is in this more advanced realm that new inventions are invented, new species created, ideas unfolded, futures envisioned, environments balanced, scientists trained and artists taught finesse. We function constantly, though perhaps not consciously, in this subtle plane by our every thought and emotion. Here, during sleep and after death, we meet others who are sleeping or who have died. We attend inner-plane schools, there to advance our knowledge. The Antarloka spans the spectrum of consciousness from the hellish Naraka regions beginning at the patala chakra within the feet, to the heavenly realm of divine love in the vishuddha chakra with in the throat. The Vedas recount, “Now, there are, of a truth, three worlds: the world of men, the world of the fathers, and the world of the Gods. The world of the Gods is verily the best of worlds.”
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Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami receives an elephant blessing at the Veda Agama Samskrutha Maha Patashala in Bengaluru
Satguru performs arati to the Sivalingam at our Spiritual Park in Rivière du Rempart, Mauritius.
Top to bottom: Satguru is ceremoniously received at the Mauritius Spiritual Park; Swami Advaitananda (center) with devotees visits the Ganapati Kulam; chatting with devotees at the Sivayogaswami Tiruvadi Nilayam in Colombo; Jayendra Mardemootoo, Koujali Jagambrum and Harishwaren Veerapen take the brahmacharya vrata at the Spiritual Park; Archana Pillay and her brother Divyesh sit with Satguru after their brahmacharya vrata; Vel Alahan man’s our Noni booth at the island Farm Fair; Natyam Dayanatha performs final arati to Lord Ganesha in Kadavul Temple during Ganesha Chaturthi.
Iraivan Temple Progress
Satguru and Shanmuganathaswami visited the work site in Bengaluru in August during their round-the-world tour. Good news: the initial carving of the perimeter wall stones was finished on August 21. What remains to be done on these stones is trimming each of the perimeter wall pieces so that they fit together reasonably well. This process, in which the wall perimeter wall is assembled on the ground at the worksite, is called “mock jointing.” The final fitting will be done as the stones are cemented in place at Iraivan Temple. Another task needing to be done is a small amount of detail work on Nandi mandapam yeshti handrails. These two tasks are scheduled for completion in October. Our goal is to ship all the stones to Kauai near the end of 2017. Here on Kauai, documents are being assembled, forms completed and letters written in order to procure visas for the team of silpis who will be coming from India to assemble these final stones.
Satguru Bodhinatha’s Activities
At the beginning of August, Satguru gave a special seminar to our younger monks. It covered many topics, including a discussion on the trend of Hindu and other youth in America who classify themselves as “Spiritual but Not Religious,” SBNR. Satguru spent the better part of August traveling to visit devotees in Florida, Mauritius, India and Sri Lanka. In Bengaluru, he visited the Veda Agama Samskrutha Maha Patashala at the invitation of Sivasri Sundaramurthy Sivacharyar, principal of this priest training school, who had just visited Kauai in July. Sundaramurthy Sivacharyar proudly remarked that he was present 27 years ago at the ceremony at Kailash Ashram in which Gurudeva chipped the first stone to initiate the construction of Iraivan Temple. Satguru enjoyed a grand tour of the school, which has about 400 students. Sivasri Shanmukha Sivacharyar of the Kaligambal Temple in Chennai was also on hand to host Satguru. They are deeply appreciative of our support for the Sivacharya tradition and our efforts to preserve and promote the Saiva Agamas. The school is part of the Art of Living International Centre, founded and run by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, whom Satguru met with during this visit. From India, Satguru and Swami flew to Sri Lanka to visit the Sivayogaswami Tiruvadi Nilayam in Colombo. There Satguru performed arati to the holy sandals of Yogaswami and gave a talk based on the sage’s teachings. Yogaswami’s ethereal presence was felt by many of those in attendance.
On August 12 the monastery was host to Swami Advaitananda, a Chinmaya Mission sannyasin carrying forward the work of Swami Chinmayananda and Swami Tejomayananda. Swami was recently appointed as head acharya of the San Jose, California, center.
Publications and Other Activities
In August the monastery celebrated Ganesha Chaturthi with an elaborate abhishekam. This was a landmark month for translation of our publications into other languages! We are happy to announce the release of a new audio book: Living with Siva in Gujarati. Listen here: bit.ly/LWSGujaratiAudiobook. For Russian speakers, we also have great news. The latest issue of Hinduism Today magazine has been translated into Russian. Find it at “hinduismtodayrussia” on Facebook. In the area of horticulture, Yoginathaswami and Nirvani Tejadevanatha flew to the northern California city of Eureka in August for a two-day, hands-on seminar presented by AmHydro. The seminar focused on giving beginners the basics of setting up and running a hydroponic farm, knowledge our monks need to help them wisely engineer the hydroponic greenhouse that they are currently setting up. Our monastery farm was represented at the annual Kauai Farm Fair by Vel Alahan, who manned a Kauai Products booth offering free samples of our Wailua River Noni Juice to fairgoers.
Nirvani Tejadevanatha and Sannyasin Yoginathaswami enjoy a walkabout at the huge hydroponic farm while attending a hands-on, two-day seminar; the new architectural addition above the preceptor’s seat in the Guru Pitham, made by the monks from island woods, monkeypod and Cook pine.
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: His recent commentaries on the chapters in our new book 'The Path to Siva' are marvelous!
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Hinduism Today Oct/Nov/Dec 2017 Issue Now On-Line
Hinduism Today’s latest issue has gone to press and is now available online free of charge at www.hinduismtoday.com. You can also download our free Hinduism Today app and get the entire magazine (and many back issues) on your mobile device at bit.ly/HT-APP.
In his Publisher’s Desk editorial, Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami addresses the question of whether Hinduism worships one God or many. It’s among the most-asked questions by non-Hindus, and he provides a thought-provoking answer for the next time someone confronts you with this imputation.
Our 16-page Insight section is all about Mirabai, one of our faith’s great devotional writers, singers, philosophers and saints. Lakshmi Chandrashekar helps us understand the depth of Mirabai’s love for God as expressed in her poems. Mariellen Ward recounts her adventures, tracing on foot, car and train Mirabai’s remarkable life, revealing her story of family disputes, renunciation, fleeing and finding solace at Lord Krishna’s feet.
Our feature story takes us to Sikkim in the Himalayan highlands, that smallest and northernmost Indian state that borders China and Bhutan. We follow our journalist and his companion photographer, Thomas Kelly, as they trek to every major center and encounter the movers and shakers, the priestly clans and army pujaris.
Amazingly, India is home to the world’s second largest Great Wall, and almost nobody knows about it. We change that with a fully-illustrated article about Kumbhalgarh in Rajasthan, a 15th century-fort surrounded by a 23-mile-long wall that encloses and protects over 300 temples. This remote aerie might find its place on your next India bucket list of places you simply have to visit.
Our movie reviewer takes a look at the film called “The Man Who Knew Infinity.” It’s a surprisingly sensitive depiction of the unusual life of Srinivasa Ramanuja (1887–1920), the Indian mathematical genius who dazzled the best minds of his day and left a legacy of intellectual insights that continues to confound and charm mathematicians.
What do you know about plant-based diets? After reading our article on the burgeoning movement in America’s medical profession, you will understand its importance, and you may be surprised how effective diet can be when coping with diabetes, cancer and other diseases. US doctors are just recently rediscovering what ayurveda and Hippocrates knew all along: food is the best medicine. Learn how this truth is impacting a model hospital in Texas.
There’s more: A story about the Kapaleeshwarar Temple in Chennai, an American-born Hindu’s counsel to the next generation, a Canadian youth’s call for teaching dharma; and Digital Dharma’s showcase of five megaprojects now underway in India that are harbingers of the future.
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Back to Basics: Remembering Why We Help Others
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