Bodhinatha departed for Singapore this afternoon with Sannyasin Yoginathaswami. He will be 19 hours in transit on a direct flight. He will be attending a conference held at the Hindu Center and then going to a big event at a temple in Johor, Malaysia, which is just across the channel between the two countries.
Here are some details on the conference:
Hinduism in a Changing World Challenges & Opportunities
Sat 23--Sun 24 August 2008
Hinduism is the oldest living religion today. Codified more than 2500 years ago, the sacred
Vedas and the Agamas, the seminal scriptures of Hinduism, provide a remarkable window into
life 2500 to 4000 years ago. Yet Hinduism remains a valid template for life even today. What
are the enduring features of the Hindu faith that have ensured its resilience 4000 years on?
Sanatana Dharma, or the Eternal Path, as it was originally called, did not originate from any
single founder or school, and its timeless and ageless tenets, philosophy and values remain
relevant and applicable to the realities of everyday life. How does Hinduism reconcile its
messages with the challenges of change facing it everyday?
To address these and other questions facing Hinduism today, the Hindu Centre, an independent
organization that is committed to the spiritual evolution of Hindus in Singapore, will bring
together several eminent scholars and teachers from abroad for a two-day Conference. The
Conference, entitled Hinduism in a Changing World: Challenges and Opportunities, will be held
on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 August 2008 at the PGP Kalyana Mandapam, 397 Serangoon
Road, Singapore 218123. The Guest of Honour will be Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam,
Minister for Finance. There will be seven plenary sessions and an open panel discussion
The conference is held in conjunction with the Hindu Centre’s 30th Anniversary Celebrations.
This conference should not be missed by anyone seeking a deeper understanding and
appreciation of Hinduism and how the religion addresses and deals with issues facing the modern
Hindu today. The conference will also be a wonderful forum for networking.
Plenary Session Themes
Session 1: Hinduism in a Globalized Society
Speaker: Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, Kauai, Hawaii Aadheenam
In a discourse on Hinduism and Modern Life, Satguru Bodhinatha asks how humanity’s most
enduring faith maintains its relevance amidst the challenges of 21st-century life. Drawing on his
illumined insights into life, consciousness, human nature and our highest purposes, Satguru
Bodhinatha will speak on issues confronting us today, like the increasing disbelief among youth,
skepticism over Hindu deity worship, lack of Hindu pride, difficulties of inter-religious
marriages, as well as how we can benefit from opportunities like the increasing acceptance of
Hinduism among Westerners.
Session 2: Hinduism and the Pursuit of Prosperity Speaker: Dr C L Ramakrishnan, Management Speaker, Chennai
Session 3: Hinduism and Consciousness Studies Speaker: Dr Sangeetha Menon, Fellow, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Indian
Session 4: Emotional and Spiritual Growth in Hindu Tradition Speaker: Sri Dhira Chaitanya, (Dr Sundar Ramaswamy), New York
Session 5: Mysticism in Hinduism and Modern Science Speaker: Sri Sraddhalu Ranade, Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry
Session 6: Is Devotion blind? Speaker: Sushri Gopeshwari Devi, Universal Society of Bhakti Meditation, Melbourne
Session 7: Challenges facing Hinduism in a Changing World Speaker: Swami Mitrananda, Chinmaya Mission, Chennai
Session 8: Panel Discussion Session
The final session will be an open panel discussion session where participants will be given the
opportunity to raise questions. All the speakers will be seated together. Questions may be
directed to any speaker.
Flag-Raising for Jivana Ritau
Brahmacharini Shama whose camera was running that day writes:
“On August 15th, following a most powerful homa and puja in the Kadavul Temple, with the sun’s rays were setting in the Western sky and in the quiescent atmosphere of the Monastery gardens, a small group of Swamis, monks and devotees moved quietly down a path toward the flag pole.
With the assistance of Sri Sri Sri Jayendra Puri Mahaswamiji (who was visiting from the Kailasa Ashram in Bangalore), Paramacharya Palaniswami brought down and folded the flag from the Nartana Ritau . . . .
. . . . and began to unfurl and raise the flag for the Jivana Ritau which heralds the coming of the Sat Yuga.
There is a feeling of joy to witness the flag being raised and flying high. It reminds us of the greatest Yuga to come, the Sat Yuga, when a great peace will prevail and souls will dwell in the Consciousness of God, seeing God all.
Today’s Pilgrims and Visitors
Another beautiful day brought Sivakamy Vanniasegaram (far left) from Essex, UK. A close friend told her that “if she really wanted to visit a truly powerful and beautiful Hindu Temple, she should visit Kauai.” She is “profoundly happy” that she did. Sivakamy is originally from Sri Lanka where her family were close devotees of St. Yogaswami. Her uncle used to drive St. Yogaswami around Jaffna Town especially in the his later years.
Above the Wailua River and with Mt. Waialeale in the background, Sivakamy poses with two of our other guests, A.J. Jeedigunta (originally from Andhra Pradesh and now Oahu) and Rajat Jetley also from Oahu.
Monday was tour day…
Some late images coming in from our tour day on the 18th…
Bodhinatha and Shanmuganathswami arrived home last night at 8 PM. Today Bodhinatha is working diligently on his presentations and teaching materials for the coming trips to Singapore. He leaves tomorrow evening for Singapore with Yoginathaswami to give some presentations in Singapore and also to return with 2 new silpis and Chidambaram Sthapati.
Meanwhile we step back in time to Satsang California. Here is Bodhinatha being greeted at the door of Kulamata’s Gayatri Rajan and Savitri Palani.
Pada puja at Kulapati Deva Rajan’s home.
TAKA’s Tenth Anniversary
As some of you noticed on the 16th, TAKA turned Ten…
TAKA received this lovely birthday card by email from a Malaysian TAKA fan (and major TAKA contributor as well)
Prostration and Vanakkam Swami,
All of us wished TAKA a joyous & wonderful birthday.
TAKA has been part of our lives and
continuously amazes with KAIZEN all the time.
TAKA in the morning, TAKA in the afternoon,
TAKA in the evening & TAKA at night!
Growing up with TAKA -- our resources backup.
TAKA a day will make you be informed all the way!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TAKA
“OUR WONDERFUL DAILY RAAGA”
Kaizen (From Wikipedia. click here for the full entry) “Kaizen” ( Japanese for “improvement”) is a Japanese philosophy that focuses on continuous improvement throughout all aspects of life. When applied to the workplace, Kaizen activities continually improve all functions of a business, from manufacturing to management and from the CEO to the assembly line workers. By improving standardized activities and processes, Kaizen aims to eliminate waste (see Lean manufacturing). Kaizen was first implemented in several Japanese businesses during the country’s recovery after World War II, including Toyota, and has since spread to businesses throughout the world.
Our Last Day with His Holiness Sri Sri Jayendra Puri Mahaswamiji
On the Chaturdasi day, August 15th, which was turn to the full moon by afternoon. We had a most auspicious day. At lunch Sri Sri Jayendrapuri noted that it was the Sravana Nakshatra, Gurudeva’s star; India independence day, the anniversary of the installation of the Maha Sphatika Lingam Crystal in Kadavul, the anniversary of Trichyswami’s visit to Kauai Aadheenam, and by a remarkable series of circumstances we were all blessed to have a joyous and divine satsang with our Indian brothers.
In the afternoon the priest from Kailas Ashram perform a powerful homa.
A powerful shakti entered the atmosphere as all our monks and visitors chanted Sri Rudram in perfect unison.
The confluence of saints and sadhus has alway been lauded as a great moment. If such a vibration can be invoked with so few of us, one wonders what an incredible event must be the Kumbha Mela….
Our priests had two kumbhas prepared, one for Siva and one for Shakti
Homa in progress.
We could all feel the Shakta power of Sri Rajarajeswari being invoked by these priests.
After the puja the final events before Swami’s departure. He garlands our Paramacharyas….
A gift of saffron for the deities…
Paduka of Bodhinatha and Trichyswami presiding at the homa.
Swami gave all the monks a crystal mala. Such a sharp minded soul, he even remembered to give one for Sadhaka Tejadevanatha who is out on his Sojourn in the World for Siddhidata Kulam training.
Paramacharya Palaniswami gives a shawl to Sivananda Puri Swami…
And we give him a set of fresh new Kavi robes.
Then we all go off to change the flag to bring in the Jivana Ritau…
Sridhar carries Trichyswami’s paduka’s during our parade.
Our camera battery entered Nirvilkalpa Samadhi shortly thereafter as we raised the coral pink flag of the Jivana Ritau.
Later that evening Swamiji and his entourage flew back to New Jersey. In an email that day, Sri
Sri Jayendra Puri Swamiji wrote:
“It is, in my opinion, the truth in its purest form, that the Kauai Aadheenam with its 456 acres of Sasya Shaalinee greenery and all other landscape with the coolest waters of Mother Wailua Ganga and Narmada and all the go-maathaas sincerely, diligently, untiringly and divinely attended with the most divine love by the celestially sculpted shishyas and parama shishyas of Gurudeva, the upcoming Iraivan Temple with the shilpis of the sacred bhumi of Tamil Nadu, is awesome and verily proves that it is Kailasa of the Himalayas, which has descended or sent a replica of itself through the divine hands of Gurudeva to the blessed bhumandala of Kauai.”
Bodhinatha Arrives home tonite at 8PM. Here he is with a Third generation American Hindu, Bhajana Param, at satsang at the home of Kulapati Deva Rajan in California.
Here are some of Bodhinatha’s note from his last few days travel over our three-day retreat.
Om Sivaya, everyone,
In Saint Louis, on Tuesday we had lunch with Dr. Naidu at his home and Shanmuganathaswami had a chance to share with him our material on “Components of a Successful Endowment Program” Evening was a talk at the temple, with some eight-one in attendance, a good size group for a week night. After, yes after, was a dinner at a home with discussion. Returned to hotel after 11 PM
Wednesday was a flight From Saint Louis to Houston via Denver. Evening was dinner at Vijay Pallod’s home with discussions
Thursday morning was a visit to the Meenakshi Temple in Pearland. Gurudeva attended their kumbhabhishekam in 1982. After arati at all their shrines, there are lots, we sat in the main temple and give a talk to some twenty of the devotees--for a Thursday morning a good sized group.
Thursday evening was a visit to Woodlands where a group of Hindus has started efforts to build a new temple. We visited their temple site which had a bhoomi puja recently. After we visited the home of one of the members and talked to a group of about twenty of the temple leaders. Lots of good questions about how to educate the second generation.
Friday was a day of travel Houston to Denver and then to San Francisco via Portland
Saturday was the morning estate planning seminar conducted by Phil Murphy He gave an excellent presentation
Sunday morning was our satsang at Deva and Gayatri Rajan’s home in Canyon. Pada puja, my talk, singing and dancing by five of the members/devotees. A good size group with many guests in attendance. This was our last event. Heading home tomorrow.
Fourteen-year-old Bhajana Param has a chat and asks Bodhinatha some questions. Bhajan’s parents and grand parents are Hindus and have been devotees with the Kailasa Parampara for 30 years.
Today was a tour day at the Aadheenam, and these smiles are what generally happens after a walk on our grounds.
One of them said, “The island is already a peaceful oasis, then Wailua homesteads (where the monastery is located) is even more serene, and then this… it’s the jewel.”
The monks are always helping to help dispel misconceptions about Hinduism for all those who come and visit. Most people find the truths of Sanatana Dharma resonates with what they feel in their hearts.
Merging with Siva Release in Cyrillic!
Congratulations to Chandra Shekharan, translator and the Ukrainian publisher NIKA in Kiev, Ukraine for completing and publishing Merging with Siva in Cyrillic
Chandra Shekharan has been a long time student and sishya and met Gurudeva in the port of St. Petersburg on the 2001 European Innersearch, where he received his name and was accepted into into the Saivite Hindu faith, by Gurudeva himself.
Our Spiritual Park and Monastery on the Island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean
A warm and sunny weather at the Spiritual Park of Mauritius for the Ganesha Homa held on the first Sunday of August. All devotees coming brought fresh flowers to be offered to Lord Pancha Mukha Ganapati.
Devotees inside the Ganesha Mandapam….
A view f the Mandapam front from the inside of the tarpaulin tent….
Meanwhile some devotees are worshopping at the Siva Lingum.
Pouring water on the Sivalingum is a traditional worship to Supreme God Siva…
The archanas are being done at the small Ganesha Shrine.
The sacred fire where is being burnt hundreds of prayers from devotees each month.
Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami overseers all the ceremony…
The Ganesha Homa …..
Offerings to be sent to the inner worlds through the homa after all prayers are being sent to the sacred fire.
Kulapati Manon giving a talk from Gurudeva’s “Dancing With Siva”
The newly purchased tent for the Himalayan Academy salesbooth.
Himalayan Academy publications on sale…
The gravel path leading to the Ganesha Bridge…
Ladies serving sweets to devotees at the entrance after the Homa is over.
Kulapatis Amba and Kulagan counting cash received in the Hundi for this Sunday’s Homa.
“Happy Birthday Dear TAKA”
“Happy Birthday to youuuuuuu.”
Started on August 16th, 1998. The Today At Kauai Aadheenam — TAKA blog has been running continuously for 10 years. Today we bring you some screen shots of TAKA past design incarnations.
We want to thank everyone who has participated through the years. Our daily effort to bring the news from Kauai Aadheenam and our members initiativs world wide has brought a great sense of global family, unity and inspiration to Saiva Siddhanta Church and all of Gurudeva’s sishya throughout the world. It is all Gurudeva’s blessings. And the future looks brighter than ever.
Monks of Kauai Aadheenam.
August 14, 2008
“If you do not understand your reaction to something, wait until it subsides emotionally, so you will not be upset, then try to understand it by writing about it in a quiet moment. Then burn the paper in an inauspicious fire, such as in a garbage can. ”
Here is a photo of Bodhinatha in India on the last innersearch… meanwhile, Bodhinatha reports
on his trip to the mainland.
Om Sivaya, everyone,
In Saint Louis, on Tuesday we had lunch with Dr. Naidu at his home and Shanmuganathaswami had a chance to share with him our material on “Components of a Successful Endowment Program” Evening was a talk at the temple, with some eighty-one in attendance, a good size group for a week night. After, yes after, was a dinner at a home with discussion. Returned to hotel after 11 PM
Wednesday was a flight From Saint Louis to Houston via Denver. Evening was dinner at Vijay Pallod’s home with discussions
Monthly Video, July 2008
The monks are pleased to announce the July 2008 edition of the Kauai’s Hindu Monastery news video. This month, Bodhinatha tells us about his trip to Baltimore, Maryland, for the installation of a Murugan Deity, progress on Iraivan Temple construction and our annual Satguru Purnima festival. We play a message from Gurudeva about bringing down the wall between inner bliss and external life, we hear from a young man, Trishul Siddharthan, about his pilgrimage to Kauai Aadheenam, and we share with you a little more about our new video innovations.
Sri Sri Jayendra Puri Mahaswamiji’s Visit Continued
We are blessed with the presence of great souls from india and continue today with our report on their visit.
Jagadguru Sri Sri Sri Jayendar Puri Mahaswamiji, is the Kailas Ashrama Mahasamstan Pithadapati.
This is the picture of his visit to the Wailua River yesterday.
Our guest visit the Ganapati Kulam today.
Watchin the monthly video
Arumugaswami introduces everyone to the Agama Preservation project and the simple technology he developed to use a digital camera to take pictures of old texts.
Before lunch Karthik Chaitanya gave us a marvelous demonstration of Hatha Yoga.
Karthik is a sishya of Jayendra Puri Swami. Swami sent him for training to Puna, with famed Hatha Yogi, BKS Iyengar.
Karthik amazed us all.
Chiranjeevi, he studied in the Sri Kailasa Ashrama for 17 years, having started his training when he was 10 years old. He is currently serving as Vaishanava Agama scholar at the Ashram.
Sridhar then leads everyone in two Yogic Games to improve awareness, focus and memory development.
We simply are told to follow hand motions on a verbal signal of three “Gods” “Ram” — Anjali mudra; “Shyam” hand out palms down; “Hari”- hands up
Sridhar calls the names but gives a wrong pose. If you place your hands in correctly you are out. Here are our finalists: Yoginathaswami, Kumarswami and Palaniswami.
Paramacharya Palaniswami won the game.
We bring you a few close ups of our guests:
Karnam Nagabhushanaiah Praveen Kumar, Saiva Agama Suri, serving at the temple Sri Kailasa Mahasamstan temple.
Manjalagiri Venkatachalapathy Sridhar, Yoga teacher and yoga therapy research associate and consultant in 40 countries, he has two PhDs, one in brain research and the other in yoga, from universities in Singapore and Australia.
Sathaiah Periyakaruppan is the cook for traveling group and he serves at the Tiruvannamalai Branch mutt of the Kailasa Ashram.
Karthik Chaitanya plans to be a yoga teacher.
Balasubramaniam Gnanaskandan, Sivachariya, Saiva Agama Visharada, Chief priest Sri Rajarajeshwari Temple of the Sri Kailas Ashrama. He has faithly served the Ashram for over 30 years and begin his training in the Ashram under Sri Sri Sri Tiruchi Mahaswamigal’s direction at the age of 13.
Shivananda Puri Swami, Chief Sannyasin sishya of Sri Sri Jayendra Puri Mahaswamiji
Venkatesh Chaitanya, is a brahmachari preparing for initiation under Sri Sri Jayendra Puri Mahaswamigal. Swami is hoping he will learn some of the modern technologies for better communications to the world and follow in the footsteps of Kauai Aadheenam’s technology
Arumugaswami then has an interview with Swamiji
News from Malaysia. Devotee are preparing for Bodhinatha’s visit.
Prostration & Vanakkam Swami,
Thank You, Swami. Apart from this event activities, we even manage to get
number of sponsors for Iraivan floor tiles in this month.
Last weekend we had visited a wonderful couple -- Mr & Mrs
R.Radhakrishan’s and on line sign-upped their pledges.
I’ve updated this on http://sivatondar.blogspot.com/. We find home
visitation as one of the better methods in getting
donors to understand and sign-up on spot and at the same time have a good
opportunity explaining the many happenings in Kauai,
Saivite teachings and how Hinduism is flourishing in Western world in
that we could appreciate the systematic and
persuasive approach delivery of our profound religion to global Hindu
families as well be proud to be a Hindu.
Bodhinatha is in Denver today. Meanwhile at home the joyous satsang with His Holiness Jayendrapuri Swami, current head of Sri Kailash Ashrama was the big event of the day.
But first we take a look at our “Wall of Rain” where our three supplicants are now performing the sadhana of “Sitting by the Wall”. For thirty days they sit here for before breakfast and lunch and put in as many more hours as they can. The purpose of the tapas is to beg to be accepted into Kauai Aadheenam and take the first formal vows as monks to become Sadhaka.
Brahmachari’s Nandi, Tandava and Rajan are “begging entrance.” During this time they beg the devas to assist in adjusting their inner minds to become one with the inner mind of the monastery. They meditate on their sacred purpose in pursuing the spiritual path in our community.
Jayendra Puri Arrives!
Sri Jayendra Puri arrived last night and this morning he performed his normal 2 hour Sri Chakra puja before coming to the monastery later in the morning.
Here he is at the front of Kadavul Temple. He later said that he has lived in many ashrams and monasteries all over India and nothing compares to Kauai Aadheenam. He told the monks at lunch that two great Maha Purushas stand out over everyone: Gurudeva and his own Guru Trichyswami. Jayendrapuri swami has known us for many years and it was a life long dream today that was fulfilled for him to finally come to Kauai.
Swami observes the traditional practice of removing his shirt for arati.
And then he prostrates before Lord Siva Nataraja
He offers gifts at Gurudeva’s samadhi where he also placed the paduka of his guru Trichy swami that he worships as he travels.
Next a visit to Iraivan to see the temple and meet the silpies
A stop to see the lotus pond
Even before swami became the head of Kailash Ashrama after his Guru attained Maha Samadhi, Jayendrapuri was a tireless worker at Kailash Ashrama in Bangalore and our silpis know him well.
A rare moment inside the inner sanctum of Iraivan.
Now we are off to the Swayambhu Lingam where Gurudeva had his visions.
Rudraksha trees always delight our visitors from India
Swami and his entourage returned to have lunch with the monks. He is traveling with another swami, one brahmachari in yellow another young man who is a hatha yoga expert, three priests, his own cook and a grihasta attendant, Dr. Sridhara.
After lunch, Paramacharya Palaniswami asked Jayendrapuri to give some words of wisdom to our three new premonastics, begging at the wall.
He gave a marvelous upadesha, reminding us all of the three great gifts that can only come by God’s grace: a human birth, longing for liberation and the proximity of a Maha Purusha, a realized soul. He explained that while most youth are, as described by scriptures, like “monkeys” whose minds are agitated, become more agitated, then become like people possessed by ghosts and finally, when they get money, are lost in the world, that for them to have the volition to come to Kauai Aadheenam was a rare and precious quality.
He explained that while sitting by the wall they should understand what they had to do, and that was to completely leave behind the identity they had before, and become beings who are entirely dedicated to liberation and service.
He described the freedom of liberation as not one of personal freedom, but complete freedom from desire and the “hankering” for things of the world.
His talk was a great inspiration to all the monks and blessing. He knows what he speaks of. Those who have lived at Kailash Ashram are always amazed. He said we are all blessed because we have known beings like Gurudeva and Trichyswami “who, out of compassion gave up everything for themselves to build a place like this for all of us.”
Next a stop inside Kadavul. At this very spot Gurudeva sat with Trichyswami next to the Maha Sphatika lingam and that photo hangs in Kailash Ashram. So everyone wanted to also be with the Crystal Lingam.
Yoginathaswami shows Swami the Jyotisha board which has all planets arranged according to their positions each day.
Follow Gurudeva's teachings in a serious way; take up a daily vigil, sandhyavandana, worshiping at the change of days. It takes time to change and master our character, soften the ego, purify the subconscious. Welcome correction from the living guru. Be on the spiritual path, the path of change. The challege of daily sadhana lifts up energy and the instinctive and intellectual mind don't strengthen unknowlingly.
Master Course, Merging with Siva, Lesson 343.