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What Happened Today at the Monastery?

Aloha from the Hawaiian islands!

It is Sun Two here at the monastery, an overcast day very conducive to focusing on our work.

Here is Bodhinatha during the last India Odyssey, living life joyously.

Today is October first. We begin the countdown to the seventh anniversary of Gurudeva’s Great Departure, culminating on October 27th with a grand homa and an abhishekam.

This photo was taken in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, in 1981, as Gurudeva was being greeted by families there with as many flowers as they could offer.

Today is also an official Tour Day and we had Siva come in some of His manifold, ever-creative forms.

Deva and Amala Seyon were the hosts today, telling the story of Gurudeva’s life and mission and introducing our pilgrims to the noble Saiva Siddhanta philosophy, so full of heart and wisdom, love and knowing that lies beyond knowledge.


A Day at Kauai Aadheenam: the Movie

Another fresh release from the capital of Saivite video. This is a captivating short movie of the monastery’s activities that one of our swamis created recently to share with some members in Malaysia. It was taken on the day that our friend Swami Nirmalanandanatha, sucessor to Balagangadharanathaswami, was visiting the Aadheenam.

Kadavul Temple scenes

This is a traditional thombai at Kadavul Temple’s entry.

Just recently a Gujarati lady, a grandma pilgrim, told the monks,

“I love the holiness of temples and I’ve seen a thousand in India and around the world. Of them all, this little temple on a miniature island stands out. It is the most beautiful. It is the most pure. It is actually divine. I can hardly believe it exists.”

Outside resides a precious carving of our mighty Lord Ganesha, to greet and bless all who venture nigh.

In His left hand the noose, to hold us close and harness our karmas, protecting us, now and again, even from ourselves.

In His right hand the goad, to prod our slothful instinctive minds along the path.

At His feet is the humble Mushika, making an offering.

This marvelous sculpture in wood was designed by the monks and carved in North India.

Above two parrots eat berries and talk about all they see.

A mountaintop perspective of Kaua’i

A dear guest recently visited our Kaua’i island and took a helicopter ride. It is a great experience, when we can hold the perspective from up above in consciouness, observing the river of life.

Gurudeva wrote in The River of Life,

“Meditate on a river. Follow it as from its source to the end where it merges into the sea.

You can now clearly see where you have been clinging to the bank of life’s river. You will plainly see just how long you have been clinging to various attachments by holding on to fears, worries, doubts of the future and regrets about the past. Looking at attachment, we see how it holds the mind down, how it submerges personality. Attachment is a stationary thing.”

“As the river flows to meet the sea, it drops off many disturbances, just as our life absorbs many of its hindrances. The rapids smooth out, the waterfalls become smaller, the mouth of the river broadens, and as the river flows into the ocean we can see this esoteric symbol of life ending its manifest physical form.”

Such is the beauty waiting at the end of the journey.

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What Happened Today at the Monastery?

Sun One begins a six-day phase with home and a talk by Bodhinatha.

Bodhinatha commented on the daily Master Course lesson section from Merging with Siva about the importance of bhakti in our lives.

Bodhinatha in Johor, Malaysia

We continue with the photo documentary of Bodhinatha’s stay in malaysia, continuing with events on the even ing Monday the 25th at the Ganesha temple.

Ravichandran with the story:

Here are some Gold Ganesha Kacham ready to be placed on an auspicious day!

Nitysankaran double acts as well -- at registration booth!

“Ganesa kacham” -- Brilliant gold!!

Crowd overflowed, no space in the temple! But listened attentively from outside!


Another section of devotee outside temple hall.

Listening and viewing Iraivan VCD presentation!

Everyone rushed forward to get “vibuthi blessings” from Satguru! None missed!!

“Vibuthi blessing”

Happy to listen and witness a great Jagadacharya deliver “upadesa” on the greatness of Hinduism!

Bharatha Natyam dance.

The next morning we hosted Bodhinatha for breakfast at the Johor branch of Temple of Fine Arts (TFA), which always has an Annalakshmi restaurant.

The Annalakshi “sevakars” preparing breakfast.

We had a simple but wonderful breakfast at Annalakshmi(TFA) restaurant, Johor Bahru.(26th August, 2008)

Meantime, Satguru and Yoginathaswami meet Sivaprabhananda Swamiji -- resident Sannyasin Temple Of Fine Arts (JB). He was initiated by Shantanand Saraswathi Swamiji, founder of the society.

Leaving Annalakshmi to “Hutan Bandar” -- recreation mini jungle park.

Thanking Swamiji before leaving.

Brief discussion before breakfast.

Satguru waits for Siva’s car to arrive in Annalakshmi restaurant.


Mr. Radha Krishan receives a small gift from Satguru for his contribution to Iraivan floor-tile while Madhu looks on.

Saying “good-bye” and farewell.

Thank You Satguru for coming and showering everyone in Johor Bahru with abundance of blessings! Please come again!

Lunch at a Chinese vegetarian restaurant at Taman Gaya, Johor

Yoginathaswami having a conversation with Mr Radhakrishnan.

Mmm! spicy and delicious!

We brought Satguru to a prominent local Chinese vegetarian restaurant on 26th August and gave a small farewell gift to Satguru -- Kashmiri shawl.

Thanks to TFA(JB),’s Swamij and members for arranging breakfast to Satguru and Swami. Usually they open at 11.00am for lunch. This is a special arrangement for us in the morning at 9.30am!

Yogaswami Girls Home, Sri Lanka

Some good news from Sri Lanka. Nulifer Clubwala sent a donation to the orphanage and Patrick Harrigan who took care of the give write back from Sri Lanka:

“Yesterday Helen Downham and I spent the morning shopping for sporting goods that Helen thought the girls of Yogaswami Hindu Girls Home could use. We bought two good quality volleyballs (they had been using some heavy duty ball unsuited for girls), tennis balls, a set of four badminton rackets with net and shuttlecocks, as well as some puzzles and English books, and drove to Sittandy where we presented the children with the sporting items.”

The donation you sent was put to good use refurbishing all the toilets that were badly in need of repair, plus the small amount spent for sporting goods, books and puzzles, the rest was used for food.

Rather more interesting, perhaps, are the photos taken yesterday of the girls while working in their computer room (they now have 5 computers), at lunch, and with Helen displaying the sports items and books and puzzles.

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Yogaswami Hindu Girls Home.

Thanking you once again and looking forward to hearing from you soon,

as ever,

Patrick Harrigan
Executive Director
Sri Lanka Children’s Trust

To find out more about this orphanage and to make a donation to help endow the Yogaswami Hindu Girls’ Home in perpetuity you please visit the Hindu Heritage Endowment web site.

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What Happened Today at the Monastery?

Bodhinatha is back and resting after a long journey. He will be leaving again for Singapore in 2 weeks.

Today is the last day of our short 4-day phase.
This edition of TAKA will remain posted
over our coming two-day retreat,
until Prathama Tithi, Sun One, Sunday, August 31st.

The big news of the day is the arrival of three new men on the Iraivan Temple Team. After a two-year delay in the visa process, they were finally issued and their entry yesterday into USA was very smooth.

Yoginathaswami writes:

“Chidambaram Sthapati, (Center), Silpi Kannan and Silpi Lokesh as they just arrived at the Lihue airport yesterday.

“All three of them joined the Bangalore Iraivan Temple work site late 1993 and now arrived Kauai together. They’ve been with us nearly 15 years!”

Today’s Pilgrims and Visitors

Iraivan shines in the morning sunlight of a truly beautiful day.

Our visitors today from L/R, Ricardo Morano from upstate New York who is visiting Kauai for a few weeks. Next to him are Olga and Ray Barenchi from Lakewood, CA. Also a family from Chennai, (now residing on Kaneohe, Oahu) Muthukumar and Anupana with their two children, Karishma (age 8) and hanging from his father’s back and giving a “shaka” sign is 4 year old Pratyush. Muthukumar and his wife were here just one year ago and are making this temple their pilgrimage site.

Sri Sri Sri Jayendra Puri Mahaswamiji Visits the Wood Shop

We found a few photos on one of our iphones from Sri Sri Sri Jayendra Puri Mahaswamiji’s visit.

He was very interested in everything the monks do here. We took him to the carpentry shop which is master minded by Acharya Kumarswami, who is here showing him some Japanese planes.

The guests try their hand at planing.

Swamiji tries this Japanese saw.

Johor Bahru Events Continued

Bodhinatha said at lunch today at the Aadheenam that one of the highlights of this trip was the temple visit to Johor. Even the temple trustees were surprised that 800 people came and they had to order more food at the last minute. Bodhinatha says the interest has changed from just the novelty of a event. People are seriously interested in the teachings. Young children who normally run out, were glued to the screen during Bodhinatha’s presentation.

Much of the success is due to the hard work of our sishya there and here is a behind the scenes report from Ravichandran.

“Last minute preparations, a day before the event. Gowri “akka”, Dr Dharma, Nathan drove down from Klang. Madhu’s home was turned into our “opearation center”!

Iraivan’s information note handouts -- contact numbers

Dr Dharma and Nathan prepares a beautiful banner!

Dr Dharma with Mr Manimaran discuss events minutes.

With Yoginathaswami at Doorsett Hotel.

Nityasankaran helping at the books sale booth.

Banners at Iraivan booth

Mr and Mrs Mogan with Nityasankaran at book sales booth

A series of conceptual drawings from TAKA were displayed to show how Gurudeva visioned Iraivan Temple as part of floor-tile sponsor promotion.

Young temple priest from India was looking for an old Hinduism magazine and proudly pointed out his picture at “Pillayarpatti” -- priest training “kulam” -- 2003 issue.

Ganapathi taalam CD release. Mr Manimaran a prominent devotional song producer released a CD in conjunction with this event. Satguru launched his CD. He had offered his help to do a similar CD on Yogaswami’s Natchinthanai songs. He said that it was a miracle to have Satguru to launch his CD and felt blessed indeed!

Satguru with Arulmigu Sithivinayagar temple trustees. They’d given 100% support, a united and wonderful team.

Aum Sivaya! Satguru with Singapore sishyas!

Great to have our Singapore sishyas attending this event. Thank You soo much!

Great banner, beautiful and eye catching. It enhances Satguru’s presence greatly!

Temple’s ladies wing having a group picture with Satguru. Stunning in orange silky sarees. They’re a united team with single mind and focus in assisting temple management providing able “seva”.

Mrs Uma (Thanam) with Yoginathaswami. Drove all the way from Singapore, braving the usual causeway traffic jam. Manage to locate the temple, albeit a slight detour!!

Amazing ! Can you see Gurudeva here?

Yoginathaswami beside banner.

Bodhinatha sits quietly after the event next to a wonderful marble statue of Lord Ganesha

Our Natha’s Pada

Mr Paramsivam of Melaka, a recent devotee of Satguru presented a granite-tile frame with Satguru’s picture on it.

“Here’s my autograph and blessing” Satguru signing What is Hinduism Book? to a devotee who bought the book earlier.

Kids presented Satguru “Ganapathi Taalam” CD to Satguru for launching.

“Golden shawl for Satguru”

Temple committee receiving “CD” from Satguru.

Mr Paramsivam with Satguru

Dato’ S. Balakrishnan, Temple Chairman -- We thanked him for his great support and gesture of goodwill.

Satguru listening while the kids danced to “Ganapathi Taalam” song tune.

Cute little Bharatha Natyam dancer and her sister (daughters of Mr Manimaran)

Satguru delivers part/section of What is Hinduism? to an attentive audience.

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What Happened Today at the Monastery?

Bodhinatha and Yoginathaswami arrived home today after a long 36-hour travel from Singapore. Yoginathaswami took our new silpis and sthapati to the silpis house directly. We will feature them tomorrow.

Coming back to Kadavul temple is always a blissful moment after being away.

Kauai From the South

Bodhinatha sent this marvelous shot from the airplane on approaching Kauai Island.

Events of Bodhinatha’s Visit to Johor Bahru

We have 4 sets of slides to show you over the next few days from Johor Bahru. With captions sent by Ravichandran. We begin to day with the arrival and the evening event at the temple

The elegant Nissan Camry driven by Mr. Mogan arrives at Doorsett Hotel, Johor Jaya with HH Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami & Yoginathaswami, Monday, the 25th.

Another of our Johor team, Madhu Narayanan also has some photos at on Google’s, Picasaweb

preparing for Satguru’s arrival (at home)

Satguru’s arrival at hotel

Prep at Ganesha temple, Satguru at temple and Jalan Jalan (sight Seeing) breakfast and lunch with Satguru.

One by one prostrated on the holy feet of Satguru. What a wonderful feeling to have Satguru in Johor Bahru!

Flower garlands for Satguru.

“Nice to have everyone here”, says Satguru

Satguru steps into the temple.

Satguru arrives sharp 7.30pm at Arulmigu Sithivinayagar temple, Johor Jaya

Koodam, tatthu & vesthi for “pada cleansing” ceremony.

Madhu performs “pada cleansing”.

Satguru walks towards temple

Yoginathaswami looks on…

Nathan, Madhu and Ravichandran Ceyon at Doorsett Hotel -- waiting Satguru’s arrival to check in.

Satguru enters temple.

Place where Satguru will sit and deliver upadesa’- Part of What is Hinduism?

Gurudeva had been to Johor Bahru couple of decades ago and His Holiness presence is significantly felt!

Satguru in preparation for a keynote talk.

Event started with “tillana” -- Bharatha Natyam opening dance

Section of a fully packed temple hall.

The temple was really, really packed with devotees.

..crowd extends till to the back of the temple..

Front view…

Bharatha Natyam by 6 wonderful kids!

Satguru enjoys cultural dance!

The crowds overflowed and many viewed “Iraivan” CD played on a projector within temple compound.

Mogan hands over 12 copies of What Is Hinduism Book? to Satguru to be handed over to temple committee who had purchased them earlier.

Waiting for “vibuthi blessing”

More photos from Johor tomorrow.

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Bodhinatha Travels

As we write, Bodhinatha, Yoginathaswami, two silpis and Chidambaram Sthapati are flying home and will be here tomorrow. Below you will find the story of Bodhinatha’s stay in Singapore. He wrote with some additions to the last hours before departure.

Om Sivaya, everyone,

Jai Ganapati.

Revised figure for attendance at Vinayaga Temple is 800. Excellent turn out for a Monday night. Trustees want to use our material for their teachings programs. Lots of interest in our publications, good sales.

Tuesday visited the Swami at the Temple of Fine Arts, walked through a major public garden, in particular saw the major orchid display, many interesting varieties. Drove back to Singapore to new hotel right at the Changi airport, a Crowne Plaza and rested for the evening before getting up at four on Wednesday to check in very early, find our silpis who are stationed in the airport and then return home.

Om Namasivaya,


Pilgrims and Visitors

Brahmchari Shama offers us some photos of visitors that have been coming over the past few days.

Here are Usha and Guru Prasadh with their two sons, Jai Ganesha age 10 (left), and Rishi Ram (age 9) next to his mother, all from Austin, TX. They are here visiting the Kauai Aadheenam on the recommendation of friends. “This is such a beautiful spiritual place” said Usha. “Its just like being in India!”

Vijay Tanikella with his wife, Sakunthala Bandaru and their 6-year-old daughter, Manasvini pose beside Lord Ganesha on their way to visit the Iraivan Temple.

And in front of the Iraivan Temple

…and around the lotus ponds to the Narmada Lingam where they all perform abhishekam.

…Manasvini devotedly rings the bell to summon the Devas while her parents pour the sacred water from the Wailua river.

Bodhinatha in Singapore

Yoginathaswami got a chance to upload photos of the trip to Singapore….

Devotees are greeting Bodhinatha upon arrival.

A group photo of everyone.

Next morning Bodhinatha arrived at the PGP Mandapam of the Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple. The Hindu Centre of Singapore organized a conference here in conjunction with their 30th Anniversary celebration.

The title of the conference is Hinduism in a Changing World: Challenges and Opportunities.

Bodinatha was greeted by the temple priest with Purna Kumbha with Guru mantra chant. Bodhinatha is here to give his keynote presentation titled Hinduism in a Globalized Society.

The conference was officially opened by the Singapore’s Finance Minister Mr. Tharman Shanmugaratham.

Bodhinatha was introduced to the minister.

Bodhinatha sitting with other speakers

Bodhinatha was the first speaker. He is on the stage giving Keynote presentation from his computer.

Participants in the hall

The Hindu Centre in house publishing staff interviewed Bodhinatha after the presentation for their newsletter.

As we went for our morning walk in the heart of Singapore city, guess what we found? A Taka store--50% off storewide; but ours is Free!

We had satsang with members and students at the home of Kulapati Dohadeva Samugam who is here greeting him on arrival.

Bodhinatha was seated and preparation for Pada puja begins

Kulapati Dohadeva about to begin the pada puja

He was assisted by his youngest son Girish

All the devotees gathered are singing Natchintanai during the pada puja.

After the Pada puja Bodhinatha gave a short upadesha--which was listen very intently by all.

Our Singapore mission started an effort to do fund raising for Iraivan Temple. Spearheaded by Sivakumar and Lavanya Saravanan they made cute little Gurudeva murtis. The murti can be kept in the home shrines or where ever you want to of course. It is the replica of the murti shrined in Kadavul Temple where we do our monthly Guru puja.

We will post the detail on how to purchase the murti very soon…

After the Satsang we went back to the The Hindu Center Conference. This is the final panel session of the conference when all the seven speakers were given the opportunity to answer questions from the participants. How to find and recognize ones Guru was one of hot subject this evening.

Pacific Business News recently did an article on Hinduism Today, as one of the very unique and unusual enterprises being conducted in the state of Hawaii. Our Ganapati Kulam here….

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