Skanda Shashti – Muruga’s Divine Radiance
Invoked Into the Bhuloka

After the Mahasamadhi observances each year, the week of Skanda Shasti follows and we are blessed with the power of Lord Murugan's presence. This year's Skanda Shasti abhishekam was as magical as always. It is an amazing experience, one that always seems new -- to feel the from-another-world life-altering actinic power of Lord Murugan's rays of grace.

From New Delhi

Great adventures in New Delhi. Tomorrow Rajiv Malik, our senior correspondent in India, was to travel with us to Rajasthan for a three-day gathering of swamis at what may well be the world's largest cow ashram, goshala. 

A few hours ago Rajiv and his daughter came to our hotel and to our surprise he was standing before us with a cast on his right arm. Rajiv had fallen just hours before and fractured his wrist while taking his 95-year-old father to the hospital (stepped into a pothole when they got out of the car and fell). He has surgery scheduled for tomorrow am to realign the bones and wire them together for 6 weeks of healing. He will be unable to join us and had to cancel his flight. 

However, his filmmaker daughter Palik courageously came forward to take his place in Rajasthan and we sat in the hotel lobby and with the help of her brother, Puket, quickly booked new flights so she arrives a little before we do in Ahmedabad and can ride with us to the Goshala. Palik is moving some other responsibilities around to do this for Hinduism Today which she loves, and taking a 5am flight to Mumbai tomorrow to make it happen, so she will have to leave the house at 1:30am. Brave young woman.

Palik will do the needed interviews for the article we plan. Stay tuned for more adventures from India. 

Recent Guests

As is usual these days, the monastery has been seeing a constant stream of new and familiar faces. Here are some of them.

Above is an Island School social studies class, who made their annual visit today to learn more about Hinduism in practice. They are currently studying India in their curriculum. Satguru Bodhinatha answered a number of basic questions about Hindu philosophy and practices.

The Guru Chronicles Audio Book Completed!

flash-drive In honor of Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami on the occasion of his 2014 Mahasamadhi observances, and for a joyous 2014 Deepavali event, Himalayan Academy Publications is proud to announce the release of The Guru Chronicles Audio Book. Nearly two years in the making, we offer 23 hours of a fabulous audio from the dramatic voice of Hollywood voice actor Raj Narayan, (voice of the Indian Penguin in Happy Feet 2) on a USB flash thumb drive. Available now at (click)

Click here to listen to the introduction right now. Besides the audio files (mp3's) the drive contains other extras:
  • Unabridged audio book (MP3 files) -- over 23 hours of dramatic reading by Raj Narayan
  • Complete PDF and e-book editions of
  • the 814-page volume including all of
  • the beautiful illustrations by S. Rajam
  • 41 high-resolution art files
  • Gurudeva photo gallery
  • Vintage Gurudeva audio (pronouncing shum!) and video clips
  • USB drive is Mac and PC compatible
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A Mahasamadhi Gift From Gurudeva

On the final day of Mahasamadhi, during the final afternoon homa, Iraivan's long-awaited, priceless pieces finally arrived at the temple. Both parts of Iraivan's central Deity are now at the Aadheenam: The Spatika Lingam and now the Avudaiyar. Iraivan's Siva-Shakti.

For those who don't know, this shipment of containers has seen every form of delay and obstacle imaginable, including spending a few days run aground on a reef in the Saipan Channel, sitting atop undetonated World War II mines! Upon being freed and rerouted, the shipping containers saw delay after delay at each point they reached. Knowing when the containers would arrive was anybody's (probably wrong) guess. The fact that the shipment reached Kauai Aadheenam exactly when it did is absolutely extraordinary. Jai Gurudeva!

The two 40-foot containers brought us many precious items for Iraivan Temple, including the five-ton metal auvudaiyar, the four-foot Nandi and important sculptures for the Nandi Mandapam, the five metal Sadasiva bronzes that will be installed on three sides of the vimanam, the black granite statues of Rishi Nandinatha, Gurudeva, Bodhinatha and many other items.

"As I look into the future, I see Iraivan, fully completed, as a center where devotees will come to find the center of themselves. We will preserve it and maintain it so that it is the way Rishikesh used to be, a proper, pure, quiet place where devotees can go within themselves through the practice of yoga. There are very few such places left on the Earth now. Kauai's Hindu Monastery is one of them. I see Iraivan as a yoga citadel, a place of pilgrimage for the devout, sincere and dedicated. I see Iraivan as India's message to the world on visitors' day, when Hindus and non-Hindus alike come to admire the great artistry of the silpi stone carving tradition. I see Iraivan as a fulfillment of our lineage, our scriptures and our monastery. This is a place where you do not have to invoke God, for God is here, for this is where heaven meets the Earth." - Gurudeva

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