Here is a report from our celebration of Bodhinatha’s birthday on the retreat.
Each year the monks take great joy in holding a special Jayanthi birthday party for our Satguru. We gather in the Sun Palace for a special dinner. Then the gift-giving begins. Here Sadhaka Nandinatha reads a beautiful poem written by a devotee in Singapore. the full text is below.
Then one after another a few monks stand, say a few words and hand Bodhinatha a gift. Here he unwraps one of them.
At the very end a final gift is offered. Bodhinatha opens up the box.
The box itself was turned by one of the monks, using mango wood. All hand-made and finished with bees wax and an oil.
Inside two silk pouches.
And inside each a Golden Gift.
These are the traditional earrings of the kartar of an Aadheenam, slightly redesigned and made by a Kauai goldsmith under the monks direction. They are 1.5 inches in diameter, and of solid 22-karat gold, with white gold rings on either side of the textured sphere.
Bodhinatha appreciates the gift. The Kauai Innersearchers all pitched in this summer to make a collection to have these crafted as their gift of love and appreciation for the amazing Innersearch Bodhinatha took them on for 12 days in June. Bodhinatha’s smile says it all!
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Jai Satguru Bodhinatha! Jai to “The Living Siva”! To think of you and to be in your presence is to be truly loved. Thank you Satguru Bodhinatha with all my heart.”Lord Of Kauai Aadheenam” so gentle so kind so wise so strong how could you be any one else but “The Living Siva”May I grow more and more into that understanding. Heartfelt Love and gratitude. Aum.
AUm Namah Sivaya
Jai Satguru Bodhinatha!
What a beautiful beautiful poem Sivakumar
We are so so blessed to have our living Satguru!
Oh and yes , Bodhinatha’s beautiful smile is always so moving to the spirit.
I how I love thee!!
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