An upadesha given by Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami in Kadavul Temple. Satguru reads from our recent publication “Path To Siva,” Lesson 28, discussing bhakti yoga.
A few days ago, five couples pilgrimaged from Texas to our monastery to attend a special homa dedicated to marking their fiftieth wedding anniversary. That is right, all five couples were celebrating their grand day (which did not necessarily all fall on that very day, but close.) This coming together was auspicious enough in itself--and the monastery was happy to help them celebrate their great life-accomplishment--jai, jai, jai! to all of them from all of us.
But we were also struck by the timing of their celebration and arrival here. We also, at the Monastery, have begun celebrating our fiftieth, in a quiet way. Yes, this is a time when quite a few of our devotees and monks are celebrating 50 years since their meeting Gurudeva, or becoming sishya or monks. It is also exactly 50 years ago that our very first Innersearch, The Actinics' World Tour departed in June 1967 for ineffable, life-transforming adventures and darshan. It was the great event that launched our Innersearch travel-study tradition that continues to this day (Innersearch Sri Lanka leaves in February 2018.)
Next year, at this time, we will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the advent of Shum, the language of meditation, that came to Gurudeva while he was leading the second travel-study program, Innersearch Switzerland, in 1968.
And the year after that will mark 50 years since Gurudeva's and his early sishyas' discovery of what was to become Kauai's Hindu Monastery, in 1969.
So, it is quite a time, half-a-century on. Fifty years of building temples and monasteries, of roaring Hinduism's timeless teachings far and wide. We are thankful to the stalwart pilgrims that came from so far to help us take conscious note of a remarkable milestone. Aum Namah Sivaya