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.
"Temples with multiple deities can be confusing, especially for today's Hindu youth. For clarity, we need to bring forward a more precise understanding of the different Hindu denominations and how the different Gods are viewed from within each denomination. For spiritual advancement it is best to focus on one deity and get to the vibration that deity. When we hear teachings from various Hindus, it is important to understand and identify which denomination they are speaking from. This will avert confusion when that teaching gets contradicted in a different context where someone is talking about the same subject but from a different philosophical background."
Bodhinatha reviews the main characteristic of Saivite philosophy and practice with an indepth focus on the four stages of religions evolution, chariya, kriya, yoga and jnana. He highlights how this shows that Saiva Siddhanta is unique and quite from the modern practice of Hinduism as Vedanta