Twitter Updates for 2012-08-22

  • Our two traveling swamis are visiting the BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir in Houston tonight to speak with the sadhus there. #
  • Our book signing in Houston last night was a great success. 75 turned out on a week night! #

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Madhavi Meets Bodhinatha

Madhavi (Rene Lafaurie) is a exponent of Vaastu teachings and was blessed by Ganapati Sthapti who took her as his God Daughter. Today Madhavi is working to preserve the heritage of Vaastu both in India and USA. She founder of the Vaastu Emporium in Ashland, Oregon. This is her second visit. She came years ago with Ganapati Sthapati. Yesterday she met with Bodhinatha.

Bi-Weekly Singing Satsang at the Aadheenam

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Every two weeks Sannyasin Brahmanathaswami meets with our local members who are interested in sacred music and together they practice singing and learning songs. The scope of the session covers Natchintanai, simple bhajans, stotrams, chants, invocations and long songs. We also do some breathing work and a few sangeetam exercises to help improve our voices. Fourteen-year-old Deepanjali Mardemootoo joined us. She said she was to shy to sing for us, but with a little encouragement we had her even leading our group. She has excellent pitch and a very clear voice.

One of our goals is to help empower everyone to feel confident to sing and lead. We really are not concerned how perfect it is, or if you have the exact tune right. The goal is to cultivate singing to the Gods as a personal sadhana, to include everyone in our gatherings. It’s not about entertainment, it is about bhakti-devotion. We work hard on visualizing what we are singing. Today swami introduced the group to this lovely prayer to Lord Siva.

Sivam, Sivakaram Shaantam

Sivaatmanam Sivo’ottaam

Sivamarga Praneytaram

Pranadoshmi, Sadaasivam

And we started work on another Natchintanai “Shaantam Upa Shaantam”

Swamis' Visit to Midland, Texas


On Monday and Tuesday, Sadasivanathaswami and Senthilnathaswami visited West Texas, invited by the Mrunal and Padmaja Patel family, who are Master Course students.

The premier event was a satsang attended by about 60 people in the Midland-Odessa area's small Hindu community. Topics ranged from the most spiritual to the most earthy, this being a small minority community within the most thickly conservative, evangelical Christian region of the country. Paramacharya Sadasivanathaswami's upadesha was profound, and the questions and answers engaging for one and all.

The following morning was Chitra nakshatra, so our swamis went again to the Patel home to perform pada puja for Gurudeva. The vibration created by the puja was not unlike that at Gurudeva's shrine in Kadavul Temple on Kauai after such a puja!

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