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Sannyasin Shanmuganathaswami and I returned to Kauai from London on June seventh and were able to attend the Vaikasi Vishakham abhishekam to Lord Murugan that evening. On the 24th, our monthly abhishekam to Lord Nataraja was held. Our annual summer deluge of devotees also started and a number of them met with me in the Guru Pitham for a darshan session. I completed two writings on the topic of spirituality. The first is entitled “Five Suggestions to SBNR’s.” SBNR’s are individuals who consider themselves spiritual but not religious. An article on this appears in the July issue of Hinduism Today. In the USA a surprisingly high 62% of youth chose that category when identifying their religious affiliation! The suggestions in the writing are: study existing spiritual literature; choose one system and follow that; find and study from a qualified teacher; practice daily; and cultivate devotion to God. The second writing is called “The Hindu View of Spirituality.” It explains how spirituality is vitally important in Hinduism: a seeker does not have to leave Hinduism to pursue mystical experience. We hold a 6am Siva puja the first day of each phase (week), after which I read and give a talk on one of the lessons in our book Path to Siva. Recently we started filming these talks and posting them on our website. General contributions for June totaled $56,483, which is less than our minimum monthly goal of $65,000. Special project contributions totaled an additional $507. We are grateful to our global family of temple builders for your continued and generous support. Aum Namasivaya!
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Founder of Kauai’s Hindu Monastery, Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (Gurudeva), 1927-2001
We never outgrow temple worship. It simply becomes more profound and meaningful as we progress through four spiritual levels. In the charya pada, the stage of selfless service, we attend the temple because we have to, because it is expected of us. In the kriya pada, the stage of worshipful sadhanas, we attend because we want to; our love of God is the motivation. In the yoga pada, we worship God internally, in the sanctum of the heart; yet even the yogi immersed in the superconscious depths of mind has not outgrown the temple. It is there—God’s home on the Earth plane—when the yogi returns to normal consciousness. So perfect is the temple worship of those who have traversed the jnana pada that they themselves become worship’s object—living, moving temples. Yea, temple worship is never outgrown. The Vedas give praise, “Homage to Him who presides over all things, that which was and that which shall be; to whom alone belongs the heaven, to that all-powerful Brahman be homage! From Fullness He pours forth the full; the full spreads, merging with the full. We eagerly would know from whence He thus replenishes Himself.”
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Our drone captures the new landscaping of Iraivan Temple from above, with the Wailua River on the far left.
A closeup of Lord Murugan’s silver vel in Kadavul Temple taken during this year’s Vaikasi Vishakham celebrations.
Top to bottom: Natyam Dayanatha offers milk to Murugan during the annual Vaikasi Vishakham puja; Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami meets with five couples celebrating 50 years of marriage; Gurudeva’s shrine in Kadavul Temple, beautifully decorated during this month’s Chitra pada puja; Yoginathaswami and Yogi Adinatha stand before the Nallur Temple in Sri Lanka with Dohadeva and Nagavathy Samugam; on the same journey, Swami and Yogi gather with devotees at the Shanti Lingam shrine in Kopay; professional contractors are making progress on our new noni processing facility; Acharya Arumuganathaswami and Natyam Jayanatha depart for Boston.
Iraivan Temple Progress
At the Iraivan Temple carving site in Bengaluru, India, the stone carvers remain focused on finishing the temple’s perimeter wall. They are also putting the finishing touches on the hand railing for the Nandi Mandapam steps. In June Yoginathaswami and Yogi Adinatha traveled to the carving site to inspect the work, arrange for shipping of the last eight containers of carved stone and finalize plans for bringing the next group of silpis to Kauai for the final fitting and installation of the stones. In consultation with the Rajasankara family, managers of the worksite, they selected six silpis for the work on Kauai. Two members of this group have been at the carving site since the work began in 1990 and are looking forward to seeing the fruit of their years of labor first hand. In Chennai our two monks met with the architect, Selvanathan Sthapati, and his wife Ponni to discuss the details of how to bond the Sphatika Lingam in the bronze auvudaiyar base. It will require a three stage bonding process using ashtabandhanam and gold. They also discussed details of the kodimaram installation. Also in Chennai our travelers met with Sabharatnam Sivacharya to have a preliminary discussion on the puja procedures that will be required for the future Mahakumbhabishekam of Iraivan Temple.
Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami’s Activities
At the beginning of each week Satguru gives a commentary on our recent youth catechism Path to Siva. In June he gave deep insights about bhakti yoga, Lord Ganesha’s influence in our lives, penance, and the worship of Lord Murugan. You can access his video-talks on our Kauai’s Hindu Monastery YouTube channel.
Monk Travels and Other Activities
While in Sri Lanka, Yoginathaswami and Yogi Adinatha followed the footsteps of our dear Gurudeva, visiting the many holy places associated with our Guru Parampara and working out some details of the upcoming Innersearch 2018 travel-study program. On June 22 Acharya Arumuganathaswami and Natyam Jayanatha attended the World History Association’s 26th annual Conference in Boston. They were part of a panel discussion on “India in World Civilizations: Problems of Interpretation and the Reconstruction of an Authentic Narrative.” In plain English, that means overcoming the last 200 years of European and American dominance, at the academic level, in the field of Indian history and Hindu religion and allowing Hindus to have a say. Also on the panel was historian Dr. Michael Ward, a friend of Dr. Shiva Bajpai, Dr. Bal Ram Singh of Dartmouth (active in training teachers about India and Hinduism) and Dr. Kundan Singh of Sofia University. They were surprised to learn that the World History Association was founded in the 1980s to overcome the acknowledged Eurocentric view of world history to date. The association is active in producing authentic African history, for example. Unfortunately, from what the monks heard there, in regard to India, the academic world remains Eurocentric. Still, there is a basic understanding and sympathy for the kind of issues being raised by Indians and Hindus about how their own history is taught. On the way to the conference they stopped in Los Angeles to visit with Dr. Bhajpai and Michael, as well as our “History of Hindu India” documentary team, Mragendra Singh and Mainack Dhar. On the way back from Boston they stopped in San Jose to meet with the Hindu American Foundation and the Hindu Education Foundation to discuss the progress of the state of California’s textbook adoption process in which revisions to the Indian history course—the subject of extensive and sometimes contentious public comment—are to be published. On our Himalayan Acres farm, another 1,500 Honduran Mahogany seedling were planted in June. This project is part of our efforts to rehabilitate former sugar cane land and provide a source of income for the monastery in 30 years time.
Through most of June, long-time devotee Thamby Kumaran (left), a professional building designer, joined the Ganapati Kulam for karma yoga. His work focused on designs for the visitor center and entrance to San Marga which will be constructed in the years ahead near the rudraksha forest. This was Thamby’s first experience of the Media Studio which he was instrumental in designing.
(left) Brothers Senthil and Thuraisingam Rajasankar meet with Yoginathaswami on Iraivan Temple details in their Bengaluru home; (below) Acharya Kumarnathaswami and Travis Redmond mill thick slabs of island mango wood for future monastery building projects.
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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Creative Fund-Raising Seva!
Each year the Katir family in California creates hundreds of clay Ganeshas for Ganesha Visarjana, with proceeds from sponsorship donations going to Iraivan Temple. The molds are made from bronze Deities and cast with biodegradable clay. Creative and fun painting parties for Hindu children are organized in advance of Ganesha Visarjana. This year the parties are scheduled at temples in Arizona, California, Oregon and Texas. A sponsor will pledge $ 100 or more to Iraivan Temple, and the Katir family donates the clay Ganeshas to the temple (designated by the sponsor) along with paints and brushes. Each temple group can use the Ganeshas as a fundraiser for its own temple. It is a win-win for two temples! Donations are tax deductible. See their website: http://ganeshaforvisarjana.com/for more details on how to sponsor clay Ganeshas for the children.
Guru Chronicles English Audio Book
The full rendition—23 hours worth—of this timeless tale of our guru lineage is posted at: www.himalayanacademy.com/view/the-guru-
chronicles-audiobook. Now you can listen to Raj Narayan read the story of Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, his guru, Siva Yogaswami, and five preceding masters, who inspired one and all to “Know thy Self.” The sweeping 2,200-year story of this remarkable lineage is told through the prism of Gurudeva’s journey of truth and illumination.
We quote from the introduction: “These are the stories of remarkable souls who knew the Unknowable and held Truth in the palm of their hand. They confounded their contemporaries, revealed life’s purpose and path, and became inexplicably aware of the future. They worshiped God as Siva, knowing Him as All and in all, as the God—by other names—of every faith and path. Many are the gurus; but these knowers of God—those who have achieved the ultimate goal of yoga, transcending the mind itself—are called satgurus. Their successors still live, their powers transmitted and maturing from one to the next, now flourishing in the 21st century. But their stories have remained largely untold, a kind of universal spiritual secret. Here, for the first time, what moved and motivated them is revealed, to the extent they let it be known. Here, for the first time, what they said and did is shared outside the circle of initiates.”
A Dancing with Siva Audio Book Is Now Available in Gujarati!
In 2009, a team of dedicated Texas-based sevaks orchestrated the translation of Gurudeva’s Master Course Trilogy into Gujarati. For this prodigious work, they employed a team of worldclass translators in Mumbai. Now Dancing with Siva, Living with Siva and Merging with Siva in Gujarati are available on our website. They join translations of the Trilogy in Russian, German, Spanish, Tamil and Marathi. Gujarati, one of India’s 14 official languages, is spoken by 46 million people. Gujarat state, located on India’s western shore, is one India’s most progressive regions and has a strong, long-standing Saivite presence.
As part of the same effort, the team produced a Gujarati audio book of Dancing with Siva—the first audio rendering of Gurudeva’s Saivite Catechism in any language. It is available on-line at:
The translators commented, “There has never been a book in Gujarati literature with so much depth of the subject [Saivism] and with such clarity, as there is no ambiguity in Gurudeva’s writings.” They shared that the work of translating had made them “blissful.”
CyberCadets who visit our daily blog, Today at Kauai Aadheenam, were equally enthusiastic when the audiobook was announced. One wrote, “You have opened the San Marga gate to millions of souls.” Another said, “Thank you for the wonderful gift. My mother is already enjoying it.”
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Building Fund Donations
Thanks to Our June Temple Builders in 16 Countries
Ten-Month Summary:For the ten months of September 2016, to June, 2017, our minimum goal was $650,000. Excluding contributions directed toward special projects, we received actual contributions of $770,181.88.
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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 19 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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