Bodhinatha’s recent upadeshas on the new Path to Siva book are bringing powerful clarifications to key questions and issues that face not only our youth, but any Hindu who may lack the verbal toolbox to talk about these key subjects. Don’t miss them!
[Tech note: Apologies for the poor audio on Chapter 7. We had a sound system failure and had to pull the audio from our video camera, but the message is “mission critical.”]
“Temples with multiple deities can be confusing, especially for today’s Hindu youth. For clarity, we need to bring forward a more precise understanding of the different Hindu denominations and how the different Gods are viewed from within each denomination. For spiritual advancement it is best to focus on one deity and get to the vibration that deity. When we hear teachings from various Hindus, it is important to understand and identify which denomination they are speaking from. This will avert confusion when that teaching gets contradicted in a different context where someone is talking about the same subject but from a different philosophical background.”
Path to Siva, Chapter 7.
“The Many Facets of Saivite Hinduism” (November 9, 2016)
Bodhinatha reviews the main characteristic of Saivite philosophy and practice with an indepth focus on the four stages of religions evolution, chariya, kriya, yoga and jnana. He highlights how this shows that Saiva Siddhanta is unique and quite different from the modern practice of Hinduism as Vedanta
Path to Siva, Chapter 8.
For one of this years jayanti gifts, the monks hired our island’s award-winning tattoo artist and oil painter, Jarod Powell, to paint a portrait of Satguru Bodhinatha. Jarod is the owner of Farsyde Tattoo Parlor in Koloa, Kauai, and regularly does professional photography for the local department of tourism by shooting beautiful island spots for brochures. You can find his main body of work at Farsyde Tattoo.
The monastery knows Jarod quite well as he has photographed Iraivan Temple. Before doing the secret painting, he requested to learn as much as he could about Bodhinatha so he would understand how the portray him on canvas. The monks gave Jarod a digital photo of Satguru and the painting was finished after roughly 30 hours of work. This is Jarod’s first canvas portrait but he has done many on skin with his tattoo work.
We were surprised and delighted to see the unusual style of creating a rain effect in the painting, with Satguru being the only object left untouched. Jarod felt that satguru’s face should hold the most prominence and that while the wet world around him changes, the guru remains perfectly poised and clear. Jarod is not your average artist and we couldn’t be happier with the results.
For a full size download of the painting, please click HERE and save from your browser.
Some highlights of the final day. October 28th.
A devotee was reflecting in the days moving toward Mahasamadhi this year, reflecting on Gurudeva's words that he had only one power, the ability to transform lives. If a shishya needed one siddi in her satguru, that would be it. Thinking thus, she penned this little ode to Gurudeva:
Only someone as true as Gurudeva could be so humble and silent about something so massive …
What a lesson in
standing in truth
irrespective of what others are doing
resisting the temptation to flaunt
responding only to love
How much have I
to learn from you,
of you …
I rejoice and bask
in the joy
of having my breath touched
by one as rare as you!
What could I do without you?!!
Infinite love and eternal gratitude
Aum Namah Sivaya!.
The new book, Path to Siva, speaks to key questions about Saivism and Hinduism in general. Chapter Six answers the question: "Is Hinduism a Religion or a Way of Life." Don't miss Bodhinatha's upadesha on this!
"Hinduism Is Both a Religion and a Way of Life" (October 25,2016)
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