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  • Nirmalanandanathaswami and five other swamis assisted with the puja in Kadavul Temple and are now meeting with the Ganapati Kulam. #
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Satsang in Singapore

Today Bodhinatha flies to India and goes straight to Chidambaram.

Meanwhile here he is in Singapore at Satsang with our mission members there. Kulapadi Dohadeva greets him and then Pada puja is performed.

Bodhinatha signs the new Self-Control and Religious Life story books for Easan Saravan

Swamis From Karnataka Come for One Day Visit

The Adichunchanagiri Maha Samstana Math is Karnataka’s largest Hindu religious institution. Under the able guidance of His Holiness Sri Sri Balagangadharanathaswami for over three decades, this ancient natha monastery has grown to become a leading force for dharma in South India. The Math has over 27 institutions including schools, orphanages, hospitals, agricultural centers, homes for battered women and more, serving the people of Karnataka.

Swami has sent six of his monks on a world tour visiting devotees in several countries. On their way home now, he directed them to stop at Kauai Aadheenam before their final leg home to India. They arrived late last night. and came over to visit with us this morning.

Nirmalanandanatha serves directly under Balagangadharanathaswami at the Math in Bellur. The other swamis traveling with him each reside and serve at other institutions under the aegis of the Math.

A visit to Shanmugam under the banyan tree.

Nirmalanandanatha Swamiji

Balagangadharanatha has established a strong routine of daily sadhana and service for his monks. They rise at 4:30 each day to perform hatha yoga, pranayama and meditation, follow by morning puja. Only after several hours of sadhana do they being their social service about 9:30 am each morning. In the evening the perform puja in their main temple and conduct bhajans and retire to study scripture and for more meditation each night before going to bed.

All the monks in Swami’s order are well trained in Sanskrit. Together they chant during the morning Siva puja in Kadavul temple.

The group came equipped with Samsung tablets which they used to take video. After puja the visited our media lab. Nirmalanandanatha Swami looks forward to taking some of the technology he saw here back to India.

Paramacharya Sadasivanathaswami meets with the group and shares with them the details of our work, mission and monastic life.

Our Fire Planet

Gurudeva loved to speak of the Earth as a Fire Planet, with vast molten heart, an energy that could be used to awaken our own internal Kundalini Fires as we tred the spiritual path. One example of his insight comes as a volcano erupts in Chile recently. Enjoy Siva's answer to Fourth of July fireworks.

From his Lemurian Scrolls: Mankind migrated to this planet in his divine soul body during the Sat Yuga, the age of enlightenment. He had reached a final stage of evolution on his native planet. The risk in migrating to a fire planet was great, but so was the reward. They were, however, at a place in evolution requiring a planet with fire in it to catalyze them through new experiences into completing their unfoldment to the final realization of the Self. Souls came from the other planets to Earth for one of two reasons: either they came to realize the Self, because they had not previously done so and were just drifting in bliss, or were great beings who already had the Self realized and came to help the others. They came from everything in a state of status quo. They had come to this planet to get jostled around in the fire to continue their unfoldment.

When a planet becomes old, it cools. Everything becomes static in it and on it. The beings inhabiting it exist together like a flock of birds or school of fish, so peaceful they are. Souls, who need fire to realize the Self, could not do so on such an old planet, so the leaders pilgrimaged with their followers to perform the austerity of evolution on a fire planet such as Earth, a hot planet, a young planet.

There will be other planets ready to be colonized at the end of the Kali Yuga. Inhabitants of Earth will be able to rapidly access them by traveling as a ray of their own inner light.

"Attainment of life's ultimate goal had lapsed, the scrolls, tell us, among quiescent souls inhabiting far-off planets in a time remote from our own, four million years ago. Understanding that stress and pain, love and caring are necessary to endow the soul with sufficient strength to attain realization of the Self, God, Parasiva, essence of all, souls set forth on humanity's greatest known journey." Gurudeva.

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