Innersearch Kauai 2010 is a unique opportunity to be close to Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami and receive personalized instruction from him and the swamis at Kauai's Hindu Monastery during a special 10-day program.
From June 12 to 21, 2010, we will form a little spiritual family and toggle between inner explorations (classes with Bodhinatha and the swamis, special pujas, sadhanas and meditations) and outer adventures (on the sea, in the mountains, high above the island).
You can be sure that Innersearch is not your typical vacation but a travel experience that combines the mystical path of Indian spirituality with a superlative retreat from your day-to-day routine. This program will be particularly special because many of the activities will take place at Kauai's Hindu Monastery, the home of Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami and his swamis, yogis and sadhakas. Kadavul Temple, operating at the monastery since 1973, the new Iraivan Temple, still under construction, and the many beautiful meandering paths and ponds will be the backdrop for some of the unique experiences of this travel-study program.
This voyage is a pilgrimage to the divine and spectacular inside of you. The all-pervading beauty, color and grandeur of the outer voyage is but a reflection of the bliss and richness of the inner voyage as we delve the within together. A typical day includes morning classes exploring the esoterics of meditation and discussing how to live a spiritually dynamic life in a modern world. There are hatha yoga and meditation classes, question-and-answer sessions, instruction in Shum, Gurudeva's language of meditation, and lots of time for informal sharing with Bodhinatha and the swamis.
Adventures all around the island will be a grand part of the experience, too!
We would love to bring everyone who wants to come to the island to participate in this highly anticipated program, but that is impossible. We recommend you send in your application as early as you can, as it is certain that the seats will be quickly filled. There are only 51 seats total! An early application does not guarantee acceptance, of course, but it helps! The deadline for all applications is October 15, 2009. Download the application here.
Within our Saiva Siddhanta Holy Scriptures the Saiva Agamas explain the basis of temple ceremonies and worship plus yoga and jnana. The Tirukural was considered by Gurudeva to be "the most accessible and relevant sacred text." In it are practical and helpful guidelines for our conduct in every day life. The point of family life is to gain steady improvement, forever, in self control in the midst of responsibilities in the fulfillment of family dharma. Meanwhile, not taking detachment too far but taking it in the sense of spiritually looking for happiness, not outside in other people or possessions, the world, but inside ourselves and then sharing it with family and friends. "We regard the writings of our satgurus as scripture."
Path to Siva, Lesson 20
Tirukural, Introduction and Contents
Tirukural, Chapter 15 Possession of Self-Control
"The temple enables us to feel the presence of God, Gods and devas." We use our inner eyes to see what's going on in the temple, the three worlds. In the temple we're being good dvaitists in the dimfi perspective, focused in bhakti upon God Siva. In meditation we're monists, in the shumif perspective. We claim our oneness with Siva, Sivoham, I am Siva. In surrender, shrinking the ego through devotion, we have a realization that we're not the doer, that Siva is doing it all. Siva's energy comes through our soul.