Our monastery’s first-ever webinar

Hawaii is far away, and Satguru Bodhinatha has been wanting to embrace online satsangs (webinars) and video conferencing for quite some time as a way to be in touch with our Saiva Siddhanta Church sishyas more frequently. He finally conducted his first webinar on Sept 27.v Here are some screenshots of this first trial run.

Bodhinatha’s Recent Upadesha — Understanding Reaction

Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami
Don't forget to check the bottom of the page on TAKA to see if a new audio upadesha has been released. In the above Sun One upadesha, Bodhinatha gives us very powerful and practical look at emotional reactions. Click here to read the transcript: Understanding Reaction; Staying Cool and Calm

Denver Trip, Part 1

On Thursday, Acharya Arumuganathaswami and Sadhaka Jayanatha began their journey to Denver, Colorado to attend the Uberoi Conference. The annual conference is a time for experts from the four Dharmic faiths, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism, to come together and share ideas. The Foundation also gives grants for worthy projects, such as the one which sponsored our recent History of Hindu India film.

Our monks first flew to LA for a night, taking another, shorter flight the next day straight to the Rocky Mountain State. Upon arrival in Denver they made their way to Naropa University in Boulder. The first evening's event was a talk given at Naropa by Boston University's Professor of Buddhism. It was attended by students, community members and Uberoi's panel of experts. The next day was the main event, also held at the University. It too was attended by some local community members, who had come to hear the lectures given by the Uberoi Experts. It began with a blessing from our two monks, followed by a talk by Rajiv Malhotra of the Infinity Foundation. Throughout the day over 20 speakers gave their thoughts on this year's theme of "compassion."

The next day included presentations on the progress of various, foundation-funded projects, which included a showing of the History movie. The movie was very well received.

Gurudeva Archives Gem from 1962!
The Art of Giving, Of Doing Nothing; True Perception and Talking Things Over

It has been observed that Gurudeva's teaching style in his early years when he was working a lot with the general public, was, as one might expect, very much like Bodhinatha's today: very practical, straight forward language that brings the spiritual work we have to do into sharp focus for implementation in daily life.

The last section of this talk from 1962, is perhaps the earliest recording of Gurudeva teaching the principle of maintaining harmony in our relationships and in our group. He speaks of this in terms of residing in a true state of spiritual perception. The audio quality is as best we can get it for this old recording but the teaching is a perennial "Golden Gurudeva." Click here to go to the page which includes a transcript. Thanks to a new sevak Iain Morland in Wales who did the restoration work on the original, very difficult sounding audio file. (see: http://www.iainmorland.net

New Educational Insight Sections Now Available!

Now that our media studio is functional (though lots of refinements lie ahead), we are back to work on our digital productions. New Ganapati Kulam member, Sadhaka Rajanatha is being trained in web IT for Himalayan Academy Publications. One of his first projects is to bring to the web, as individual titles/books, the educational insight sections from Hinduism Today. Valuable resources for parents and teachers that are buried inside the book What Is Hinduism? or in the page of Hinduism Today, can now be downloaded one-by-one as needed. This is a work in progress, but you can check out what has been placed on line to date. We have to thank our Digital Dharma Drive donors whose contributions allow us to get all these ebooks created for the next generation. Click here to see the current offerings.

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