Ganesha Chaturthi Tomorrow – Golden Gate Mission Murthi Painting

Our beloved Lord Ganesha has a big party tomorrow. All around the world Hindus are preparing Ganesha murthi, most of which can dissolve in the water and getting ready for big pujas follow by the immersion of the murthi's in the the ocean or rivers nearby. Here are pictures from the Golden Gate Mission Ganesha painting session, which is headed up by Karti Katir every year.

Odissi Dance Performance

Recently the aadheenam was blessed with a deepy devotional dance performance. Odissi dance is traditionally performed for the Deity in the temple. The lead dancer and teacher, Colleena Shakti, is a masterful and unusually disciplined exemplar of Odissi dance, an art originally from the state of Orissa. She lives most of the year in Rajasthan and performed during last year's Ganesha Chaturthi. This year she brought a group of students with her, who have been on the island for a dance retreat. She danced four numbers, the first to Lord Ganesha, as tradition requires, and the last was called Moksha. The Banyan Mandapam was infused with a deeply spiritual energy during the dances, and a great joy afterwards as Sadasivanathaswami gave her a golden shawl and our last poster of the 108 tandavas of Lord Siva, and told some Gurudeva stories in the bargain.

Beautiful world. Dance! Dance as you like. Be as a child. Do as you please. Siva Yogaswami

Meeting with Students at the Sheraton

A few days ago, Bodhinatha held a meeting with a group of Indian Master Course students at the Sheraton Hotel in Bangaluru. The group asked many wonderful questions, leading to many engaging and inspiring answers.

A Visit to Bangaluru

Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami and Sannyasin Shanmuganathaswami have arrived safely in Bangaluru. Their first stops are the carving site and the homes of devotees. Jiva Rajasankara, who heads the management of the carving site, performed a traditional guru padapuja, and Bodhinatha blessed those present. Following the puja Swapna Rajasankara received her mantra diksha on August 22nd after years of personal study and preparation. This means receiving spiritual initiation from the Satguru to chant Aum Namah Sivaya 108 times daily on rudraksha japa mala. Prior to this, she was chanting Aum Saravanabhava Aum. It is the first of two dikshas that all sishyas prepare to receive. She is now known as dikshasishya.

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