Celebrating Bodhinatha’s Jayanti

Yesterday the monastery celebrated our beloved Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami's 71st jayanti. Before retiring for a very tasty and healthy meal with the monks, Bodhinatha met with local church members who had prepared gifts for him. Some of the gifts included mangos, garlands, chocolates, two beautifully decorated cakes and a Kauai-made mala of rudrakshas.

Happy Guru Jayanti!

"When the entire universe is looked on as pervaded by the
Sivaguru, what mantra can fail to achieve its purpose for the shishya?
When the Satguru is present, no tapas is necessary, neither by fasting nor
observances, neither pilgrimage nor purificatory bath. What he speaks is as
scripture.
"Feel one with your guru and not separate from him, and do good to all as your
own. Whatever is beneficial to yourself, term that beneficial to him.
Whether moving or standing, sleeping or waking, performing japa or making
offerings, carry out only the injunctions of your guru with your inner being
dwelling in him.
"As in the vicinity of fire, butter gets melted, so in the proximity of the holy
Sivaguru all bad karmas dissolve. As lighted fire burns up all fuel, dry and
moist, so the glance of the Sivaguru burns up in a moment the karmas of the
shishya. As the heap of cotton blown up by a great storm scatters in all the ten
directions, so the heap of negative karmas is blown away by the compassion of
the Sivaguru. As darkness is destroyed at the very sight of the lamp, so is
ignorance destroyed at the sight of the holy Sivaguru."
- Kularnava Tantra, chapter 3

Bodhinatha Arrives Safely Back at Kauai Aadheenam

Bodhinatha, Shanmuganathswami and Siddhanathaswami arrived home yesterday after their mission to the mainland.

Temple as the Source of Culture – Publisher’s Desk

Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami reads his editorial from the Oct/Nov/Dec 2013 edition of Hinduism Today magazine. "By consciously connecting the home shrine to the temple, the family sustains tradition and strengthens relationships."

Blessed Hands

A poem from a dear devotee, who was inspired after viewing the Pada Puja video from Guru Purnima:

All hands are blessed equal
some are more blessed than others
these are the hands that serve
that serve God, Gods and Guru
So close to those they serve
how blessed they be!

 To soak in that darshan
a Presence that floods and cleanses
the heart, mind and five senses
To touch the form of stone
and that of flesh and bone 
how blessed they be! 

What penance performed
brought forth the voice
that speaks His names
so loud, so clear
What deeds of love
allowed the ears
to hear His call and respond
how blessed they be! 

Aah ... the fruit of devotion
with taste that quickly permeates
each cell, each pore
To tap into that, to hold
and to pass it on
how very blessed they be!

 And, how grateful we be
for these blessings that flow
unending, manifold
from His Feet, so sweet
so still, clear and pure!

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