Shum Continues to the Next Generation

One of the amazing legacies of our Guru Parampara that comes to us from Gurudeva is Shum: The Language of Meditation. Towards the end of his life, Gurudeva was very active in working with the shum alphabet, refining the letters, revising patterns for extending words from 2 to 6 syllables and more. Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami is continuing this work and every quarter meets with the editing team to work on the Shum language. For the past week he has been working on this project. For those not familiar with shum, please see this book on line: Twelve Shum Meditations. Click the Minimela Print edition link to get a physical copy for your shrine room and personal study away from the computer.

An Alternative to Happiness

Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami reads from his recent Publisher's Desk article in Hinduism Today Magazine, titled "An Alternative to Happiness."

Bodhinatha’s Commentary on Path To Siva: Siva and Shakti

Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami

Bodhinatha's Latest Upadeshas:
"Saiva Siddhanta; Siva Shakti" (December 12,2016)

"Saiva Siddhanta is our school of Hinduism. Siva and Shakti are a one gender-less being represented as Ardhanarishvara. It is Siva-Shakti and not Siva and Shakti. Guru, Lingam, sangam (fellowship) and valipadu (worship) are the essence of Saiva Siddhanta. The heart of Saiva Siddhanta is Love."

Path to Siva, Chapter 9.

Click here to go to an index of all of Bodhinatha's and Gurudeva's online audio.

Bodhinatha’s Latest Upadeshas on Path to Siva

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! Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami

[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."]

"Clarifying Multiple Gods and Hindu Denominations" (October 10,2016)

"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.

Click here to go to an index of all of Bodhinatha's and Gurudeva's online audio.

Satguru’s Jayanti Painting

cc_bd_rain_art 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.

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