Bodhinatha's Visits North sishyas

Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami arrives in the North at the residence of Kulapati Sivakumaren Mardemotoo where sishyas of the Mardemootoo and Manick kutumbas have met.

An arati in Sivakumaren's home shrine.

The Silent Guru radiating His Darshan to the group…

Natchintanaii singings uplifting everyone…

The Natchintanaiis remind the sishyas of Sivayoga's great saying: "Know Thyself by Thyself".

Bodhinatha gave on "Parenting with Love" introducing the newly translated French booklets which outlines practical guidelines for parents about how they are to positively cope with misbehavior of their children. If you would like to receive a free copy of this booklet "Parenting With Love", email us at spark@hindu.org

Three youth taking their Brahmachariya vratas vowing to remain pure and chaste until marriage.

The Guru tying the sacred Bhahmachariya cord around Sivarathna Manick waist.

Now the turn for Dayananda Canagasaby….

…and for Suganda Caramben

Next was the turn for our young ladies to take up their Brahmachariya vows….

Here is Basanti Mardemootoo

……… Darshini Peruman

…..Jambalini Manick

and Geeradevi Canagasaby….

The satsang ended with Chandrasekaran Arnasalon and Ariadassy Canagasaby taking their Arulsishya vows. It was a nice meeting with the Satguru on that evening.

Puthandu Valtukal! Happy New Year!

The Sun rose in Aries this morning and it is a brand new beginning.

Sunny skies at the Aadheenam brought many guests after Sadhu Paksha finished.

What a beautiful morning to begin the ‘Tamil New Year!’ with light trade winds and sunshine. Several families arrived for a wonderful morning puja in Kadavul Temple, followed by a tour of the Iraivan Temple.

Here posing with Chidambaram stapathy and four of the silpis are (kneeling) Roozbeh and Didar his wife and son and daughter, Zubin and Ava. Also Murugesu and Navaranjini Veeravagu fom TX, and son Anand and his friend Paula Borges from Palo Alto, CA. Also Gowriharan, Subramaniam, and Nandhitha Thaivananthan from Costa Mesa, CA. and Asha and her husband with their baby (held up high in the back row) from Oahu.

Conch shells were blown by two Sadhaka as a group of monks, led by Paramacharya Palaniswami, walked slowly toward the flagpole for the “flag raising” ceremony to mark the change of seasons from the Moksha Ritau to the Nartana Ritau.

The Monks all go out to change the Coral Pink flag to the Orange flag of the season.

We bring your excerpts from the Saiva Dharma Shastras giving Gurudeva’s guidelines for this season:

REFERENCES TO “nartana ritau” in the Saiva Dharma Shastras

Seasonal Emphasis

The three seasons are: Nartana Ritau from mid-April to mid-August, Jivana Ritau from mid-August to mid-December and Moksha Ritau from mid-December to mid-April. Each season emphasizes one of the three great books of the Kailasa Parampara. Also, during each ritau, a different group is honored: those in the grihastha ashrama during Nartana Ritau, those in vanaprastha ashrama during Jivana Ritau, and those in the sannyasa ashrama during Moksha Ritau.

112 Introduction

Beginning with Hindu New Year in mid-April, three seasons of the year divide our activities into three great needs of humankind -- the learning of scripture in the first season, Nartana Ritau; the living of culture in the second season, Jivana Ritau; and the meditating on Siva in the third season, Moksha Ritau. Thus we are constantly reminded that our life is Siva’s life and our path to Him is through study, sadhana and realization. In ritau one, we teach the philosophy; in ritau two, we teach the culture; and in ritau three, we teach meditation.

The new flag was ceremoniously hoisted into place celebrating the Nartana ratau and also heralding the coming of the Sat Yuga.

114 The First Season: Nartana Ritau

Nartana Ritau, the season of Dancing with Siva, begins on Hindu New Year. This is the period of creation, the warm season, from mid-April through mid-August. The teaching is Dancing with Siva: Hinduism’s Contemporary Catechism, Sivena Saha Nartanam. This foundational text is featured in all mission satsangas. The key word of this season is planning. The colors are orange, yellow-gold and all shades of green -- orange for renunciation, yellow-gold for action, and green for regeneration. High above, the main Hindu flag flies the color orange, heralding the Nartana Ritau throughout this season, symbolizing sadhana and self-control. The other colors adorn smaller flags. This is the season of giving special attention to those in the grihastha ashrama. It is a time of awakening, renewal, review. The emphasis is on seeing ahead, planning for future years. It is a time of planning retreats and other activities for youths and adults for the entire year. During this time of looking forward, the Church’s six-year plan is updated by the Guru Mahasannidhanam and stewards and another year added. The Saiva Dharma Shastras are studied; and any needed additions in supplementary manuals, representing new growth, are made. The practical focus is completion of unfinished projects. Secular holidays to observe among the families include Mother’s Day in May, Father’s Day in June and Grandparent’s Day in August. In the monastery the monks begin their annual 31-day ayurvedic herbal cleansing. Intensive cleaning of monastery buildings and grounds takes place. The special dietary adjustments for the season come into effect and new menus are established. New clothing is issued and old garments mended. This season of harvest and new growth is also the time to review and reestablish picking and planting routines for the gardens. It is a time for ordering seeds and plants for the year, of planting trees, fragrant vines and the annual crop. Review is made for scheduling the care of all nine realms of the Aadheenam’s 51 acres. Kadavul temple and the Guru Temple are cleaned and renewed during this season, and the adjacent grounds receive special, abundant attention. Karma yogis are invited to help in this and other areas with planting and weeding, digging, fertilizing, fence repair and more.

Paramacharya Palaniswami and Yoganathaswami drew the flag up into position.

115 The Sadhanas of the First Season

The daily sadhana is the Sivachaitanya Panchatantra: experiencing nada, jyoti, prana, shakti and darshana. In Sanskrit, it is a time of learning new shlokas and mantras. In the family community, prashnottara satsanga is held for one and all to attend. Families plan for their annual pilgrimage. Shrine rooms are renewed and redecorated for the year, and the clothing of all is renewed in the Hindu style of the current fashion. It is a time of doing things for others, religious outreach. In the missions, Nartana Ritau is the time of bringing in new students and Church members. It is a time of hatha yoga and philosophical teaching.

The flag unfurled in an orange display against the splendor of an akashic blue sky.

116 Festivals and Realms of the First Season

The main festival of Nartana Ritau, and of the entire year, is Guru Purnima. The mathavasis hold special conclave on Vaikasi Vishakham, the full moon day of May. The three Aadheenam realms of the season are: 1) Rishi Valley -- with its secluded Guru Hut and parampara shrines on the banks of Rishi Valley’s Saravanabhava Lake; 2) Wailua Farm, with its pastures, orchards and gardens; and 3) Kadavul Koyil, with its Guru Temple, entry gardens, Banyan Pavilion, Tiruneri path, sacred tank and its Puakenikeni and Mango Mandapams.

Tamil New Year gifts were then given by Paramacharya Palaniswami to Chidambaram Stapathi and each of the five silpis.

Happy New Year everyone.

Puthandu Valtukal!

Family from Texas visits for first time

Srikanth and Haritha Deme, with their three young children, visited Kauai from Texas for the first time while on vacation, stopping over for a day after being on Maui. They are friends of the Master Course student family of Mrunal, Padmaja and Pooja Patel. Padmaja teaches the children in the local temple's Bal Vikas religion classes.

The children are having fun finding out that carving a stone is harder than it looks!

Making sure those protective glasses fit tightly (actually he doesn't want to wear them)

A big hug for the sacred healing rudraksha tree

And another

Visiting Bali Hai falls

Then further down to get feet wet in the cool Wailua River

A happy family…especially the children were bright and bubbly

Elephants on Kauai?

Three elephants, in black granite, will be walking up the steps of Iraivan Temple. This is the drawing of the mother and her calf, made by Selvanathan Sthapati about three years back.

Yesterday, jiva Rajasankara sent photos of his recent visit to the carving site, which is near Mahabalipuram where black granite is abundant.

There is more to be done, but the work of art is nearing completion.

It is the habit of calf elephants to follow their mothers in this way, holding her tail with its little trunk.

She is carrying a garland, to be offered to Lord Siva.

What a delightful thing, to see elephants walking on Kauai.

The sculpture will be shipped in the months ahead.

The male will also come, completed last year.

He holds a globe in his trunk, as described by Gurudeva. It represents Hinduism's love of the Earth and its the all-encompassing spirit.

Happy little pachyderm.

He seems to be resting in the shade.

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