Bodhinatha's Travels – Pondicherry to Bangalore

We flew to Bangalore on the 12th evening quite late to be greeted by Jiva Rajashankara, his wife, sons and extended family who had come to India for the marriage of his youngest son.

The day before, on the 11th, in Pondicherry, Bodhinatha had dinner with yoga students at ICYER, Ananda Ashram in Pondicherry run by Meenakshi Devi Bhavanani whom we have known for many years. Bodhinatha gave a short talk and answered questions for the evening satsang.

Visit to the Iraivan Temple Carving Site

Saturday evening is for visiting the Iraivan Temple carving site. Here Bodhinatha is greeted.

A view from Jiva Rajashankara’s new house of the carving site. In front is the silpi team who have come to see Bodhinatha. At right is the carving shed where various projects are going on. At back left is the huge granite saw that Artha Enterprises, Jiva’s company, has set up for their work. Iraivain, of course, has been entirely hand carved.

Bodhinatha with the three slipis who will come in April to Kauai to work on Iraivan Temple.

The second course of the Nandi Mandapam, which is about 15 feet square.

This stone is for the “Ya” step of Iraivan temple. The original carved step was done incorrectly--too small in a critical dimension, and has to be redone.

Iraivan Temple’s stone bell. Discussion is under way as to how to hang it in the temple and whether a stone chain is strong enough, or if brass will have to be used.

An ornate pillar of the Nandi Mandapam. While the Mandapam is small compared to the temple’s main structure, it is intricately carved.

Bodhinatha with the teak pole for the temple’s kodimaram.

We meet this fine scholar of Sri Vidya, whose name we did not write down. Hinduism Today has been wanting to do a story on Sri Vidya for some years, and never quite succeeded. The scholar offered a simple explanation for our failing to find a clear statement of Sri Vidya: “It’s a secret.” However, he said, those following this deep philosophy based in the worship of the Sri Yantra and in mantras are wanting to make it better understood. In April, 2009, they plan a meeting of 1,000 scholars of Sri Vidya in Mysore. From this scholar’s explanation, Sri Vidya philosophy is a form of monistic theism, and not all that different from what Gurudeva teaches, the oneness of all, identity of Siva and Shakti, etc.

Progress in Mauritius

Mauritus North Shore members at satsang.

The Chinna (“Little”) Pancha Ganapati that is worshiped outside the main shrine at Saiva Siddhanta Church’s Spiritual Park in Rempart. He is there to bless all those who cannot fit into the main mandapam during ceremonies.

The lovely bridge over the pond.

Another ten steps have been completed on this stairway to where the river meets the sea at our center in Mauritius. This is something Gurudeva spoke of years ago, and the sishya are making it happen. This is very, carefully done hand work. Each stone is hand picked and placed.

We are also working on a wall around the property to help stem the intrusion of unwanted petty thieves that come on the property.

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