Bodhinatha Visits Yogaswami’s Hut

"Everything is in you. You don't want to know. Let God speak in you-otherwise there is no God. He is in you, in me, in everyone." Siva Yogaswami

Yesterday, Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami and Sannyasin Shanmuganathaswami visited Yogaswami's Colombuthurai hut. From 1914 until Yogaswami's mahasamadhi in 1964, the little hermitage in Columbuthurai served as his abode and ashram. Devotees would gather daily to be with the guru, sing, receive his guidance on the path and enjoy his upadeshas and radiant spiritual presence. Yogaswami's hermitage had the simple austerity of a monk's quarters. In the main room there was a neem-wood platform that was his bed at night and his seat during the day. Behind a curtain he kept the sandals of his guru, which he worshiped each day with camphor. It was in his thatched hut in May of 1949 that Yogaswami touched Gurudeva's soul and changed our lives forever.

Hindu Testimony at California’s Department of Education

In December, Acharya Arumuganathaswami and Sadhaka Jayanatha spent more than a week in California talking with Hindu parents and then attending the meeting of the Instructional Quality Commission of the State Board of Education. Here, you can download the list of edits that was submitted for the proposed revision of the Framework for 6th grade teaching of ancient India and Hinduism in US schools. This revision was assembled in collaboration with Dr. Shiva Bajpai and the Uberoi Foundation. While in California, the two spoke with over 400 parents and students, mostly at the Bal Vihar classes of Chinmaya Mission. Many of those parents wanted to know how they could help, having had first-hand experience with the impact on their own children of the dismal presentation on Hinduism given in 6th grade. As a result, Hindu parents, students, academics and our two traveling monks gave testimony at the IQC meeting. This is compilation represents what they said. The Framework is to be fully revised by the Fall of 2015.

Recent Visitors

Raj and Anita Srinivasan family from Portland, Oregon

More Photos From Sri Lanka

Thondunathan sent us these photos today from Sri Lanka. They are of Bodhinatha's arrival at the Sri Subramuniya Kottam in Kopay. Both Bodhinatha and Shanmuganathaswami were greeted with much warmth. They later enjoyed breakfast at the Aloha Kauai Guest House outdoor cafe

A New Phase Begins

Yesterday the monks began their new five-day phase. As usual it began with the weekly homa for which the monks chanted Sri Rudram as Sadasivanathaswami burned written prayers in the sacred flames. On Sun five the monks will enjoy our monthly Ardra celebration and on the day following the phase the aadheenam will celebrate Tai Pusam, holding an elaborate abhishekam to Lord Murugan. This is a great time for meaningful worship as well as deep meditation.

"You must not worship God with the aim of obtaining some profit. You must not worship even with the desire for liberation." Yogaswami

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