Happy Guru Purnima!

Today we celebrate Guru Purnima, basking in the blessings of our beloved satguru. Thank you, Bodhinatha!
As our fluctuating lives ensnare us, move us and uplift us,
You, as the Self, remain constant and free.
The Ocean to which all our rivers flow, and the humble depths by which all of them are guided.

"Driven by the guru parampara, we will all reach Siva's feet. Guided by the guru parampara, we will unfold the secrets of the Vedas and Agamas. To be merely touched by the guru parampara, is to inherit the universe. Illumined by the guru parampara, our path will be joyous and our dharmic missions fulfilled."

An Excerpt From the Kularnava Tantra:
When the entire universe is looked on as pervaded by the Sivaguru, what mantra can fail to achieve its purpose for the sishya? 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 sishya. 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. I tell you now that there can be no Liberation without diksha, initiation. Nor can there be initiation without a preceptor. Hence the dharma, the sakti and the tradition come down the line of masters, called parampara. Without a Satguru all philosophy, knowledge and mantras are fruitless. Him alone the Gods praise who is the Satguru, keeping active what is handed down to him by tradition. Therefore, one should seek with all effort to obtain a preceptor of the unbroken tradition, born of Supreme Siva.

Join Bodhinatha at the Maryland Murugan Temple Festival In August

Bodhinatha will be in Maryland on August 9th and 10th. Join in the festivities!

Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami Gives Opening Prayer in US House of Representatives

On June 4, 2013, Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, the leader of Kauai's Hindu Monastery in Hawaii, gave the opening prayer for the session of the US House of Representatives as guest chaplain. At the request of the Hindu American Foundation, he was invited by Rep. Ed Royce of California, who gives introductory remarks following the prayer and pledge of allegiance. Satguru was the third Hindu to give the opening prayer at a session of US Congress, and the first swami. Watch the clip from C-SPAN below.

Guruthondu Day

Every few months the monks take part in Guruthondu Day, a rare time when nearly all of them are able to band together and work on one or two large projects. This time the focus was on the rapidly advancing solar project and on the tree planting at Himalayan Acres. The Solar panel racks have been fabricated and secured and the next step was installing the micro-inverters which control each individual solar panel. This system allows each panel to utilize the maximum sun exposure and transfer that power to Monastery. After the micro-inverters were installed, grounding wires are needed for each individual panel. The panel can then be secured to the Solar panel racks. One interesting aspect of solar panels is that from the moment the panel is exposed to the sun it generates electricity. Safety is very important as you can imagine. Recently the SK carefully transported the panels and hand carried each panel up three scaffolding frames to the second story of the Mini Mela and completed the roof installation. Now the main array is the gets full attention. With the day's help of so many monks, the panel grounding wires were mostly installed, and the SK estimated one or two weeks of work was done on this single day. Another group of monks spent the morning planting trees, joining the solar project in the afternoon, while another small group helped with the Media Studio renovation project. It was a productive and enjoyable day for everyone. Jai Bodhinatha!

Bodhinatha Returns to Kauai Aadheenam

All the monks send a big Mikka Nandri, Mahalo and Thank You -- to all the Saiva Siddhanta Church members in Malaysia for taking care of Bodhinatha and doing such a great job with coordinating and putting on all the events!

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