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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….

You can read the opening here:

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Bodhinatha Travels

Bodhinatha completed his events in Singapore (Photos coming on tomorrow’s TAKA) and then when to Johor for a temple event. He will be returning the day after tomorrow. He writes:

Om Sivaya, everyone,

Jai Ganapati.

Arrived Singapore airport about 8 PM on Friday. Greeted by group of members, students and devotees.

Saturday morning attended conference. My presentation, 90 minutes, was first and well received. Hall was filled with 400-500 people. Listened to a second presentation on Hinduism and prosperity, had lunch then we left to return to hotel to catch up on our sleep.

On Sunday in the morning we had a satsang at Dohadeva’s home with members and devotees. Afterwards back to the Singapore Centre conference. First we listened to a presentation by Swami Mitrananda of Chinamaya Mission, Chennai. Many of his points were the same as the ones we made in our presentation such as Hindu pride. Then we participated in a panel of all seven speakers answering questions from the attendees.

Then on Monday we drove from Singapore to Johor Bharu Malaysia in morning. In evening a presentation at a Siddhi Vinayaga Temple, about 400 in attendance. A number of Malaysian members promoted What is Hinduism book and Iraivan floor sponsorships, believe they did well.

Om Namasivaya,

Usually cameras disappear when the Kauai rains fall, but one visitor took this photo in the middle of a tropical downpour. This is why the monastery is always so green and lush.

Tour Day At the Aadheenam

Today was tour day! Today Siva came in many forms again. Because of Siva’s veiling grace, even though they are Siva, all guests were surprised to hear about their true identity.

The first group was small for our standards nowadays, with only around 40 people. They were unusually attentive and interested. When we came back to Kadavul, all went inside and meditated for a long time, or just stayed quiet. “Summa iru.”

This guest was intent on carving something… in the 10 minutes before the tour finishes! “I’m etching an Aum, ” he said.

His wife and kids take photos.

The guide was faced with some engaging questions. Upon explaining Siva Daksinamurti’s darshan, the silent teacher, they asked: “How does a teacher know that he is ready to teach?” Then our monk could talk about the importance of the Guru, about being an upadeshi sannyasin and the power of one’s superconscious as opposed to opinionated knowledge.

They all were so interested.

Aum Aum Aum

We continue today sharing some of the Aums being designed for the cover of Hinduism Today’s future issues. These come with full permission to use them freely. Hexagon Aum derives from a sketch we found in India during the Odyssey.

AT OM is at home on TAKA, a modern digital expression of a most ancient symbol.

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Bodhinatha Travels

Bodhinatha has arrived in Singapore after a long flight and is deep into activities there today. More news on Sun One…


Having seen this aum on a man’s arm in India, Palaniswami used it to inspire one of the 2009 aums for Hinduism Today, just completed today.

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What Happened Today at the Monastery?

At home today the Siddhidata Kulam gave their report. Sadhaka Adinatha has been putting in a lot of work coordinating with a surveyor, and getting all of our property line points literally “nailed down” with clear protected markers. And lots of work in our gardens as well.

Bodhinatha Travels

Here are pictures of Bodhinatha’s departure yesterday afternoon.

He and Yoginathaswami overnighted in Honolulu in order to catch a very early morning flight on China Airlines direct to Singapore with a three-hour layover Taipei airport. It is a 19 hour long haul and he is still in the air as we write today’s TAKA.

Aum Aum Aum

At this time each year Palaniswami designs Aums and borders for all the next year’s Hinduism Today pages. This one came off a T-shirt worn by a visitor to the monastery.

This one was inspired by a painting on a wall in India. If anyone has really creative aums, swami says to send them to him at

Saiva Siddhanta Church Wailua Mission Gets Ready for Ganesha’s Birthday

Here are a few photos from the Wailua Mission, Saturday August 16, making clay Ganesha’s for Ganesha Chaturthi at the Sendan home.

We will let the clay dry; then paint the Ganesha’s and put them on the home shrine until September 2.

Sri Sri Sri Jayendra Puri Mahaswamigal — Special Slide Show

In remembrance of the visit of our brothers from India Sadhaka Satyanatha has prepared a Pic Lens Slide show covering their stay. It now works in Safari too!

Click to view a show of Sri Sri Jayendrapuri Mahaswamiji At Kauai Aadheenam

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