Namaste everyone, today we want to take another look into our Character Building Workbook and highlight a few lessons to reflect on.
Why would we reflect on our character? Living dharmicly, or living virtuously, means our actions reflect our values. In order for our actions to reflect our values we actually need to have values. Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami says in his Oct/Nov/Dec, 2016, Hinduism Today Publisher's Desk "In its most general sense, dharma is that which sustains the orderly fulfillment of an inherent nature or destiny."
Character is something we all need to work on and it's not usually something that comes naturally. While we move about through today's hectic world, we need to constantly remind ourselves that in order to fulfill our dharma we must continue nurturing our character, build values and act accordingly.
[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.
After years of work that began with Book Four of the Saivite Hindu Religion course, Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami and the media team have completed a brand new book with 68 questions and answers on Saivite Hinduism for youth. The original Book Four had 35 questions and answers with four different languages. Bodhinatha requested a new version be created with only English. This was to serve as an answer to the often repeated query from numerous parents and teachers: "We need one complete but simple course we can teach for out kids!"
To that end we also reached out to our teachers in four different countries to get a list of additional subjects they felt should be covered because they needed these subjects covered in their classes. As editing began, we realized that one or another concept was missing, and slowly the scope of the book expanded until 68 subjects were included in question and answer form. The design concept was also upgraded to a more modern look and feel to be attract the current generation. We are happy announce the release of this book on Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami's 2016 Mahasamadhi. We know he would be delighted to see his teachings take this new form for the next generation.
The book has already been printed in Malaysia and we have a few copies here. It is gorgeous! The physical copies will not be available until next month in the Minimela store, but in the meantime we have released the ebook versions on line. When the print edition is available we will send another announcement.
Please go here to fetch your PDF, eBook, or Kindle (Mobi) version. We are also including an MSWord DOCX version for teachers who may wish to extract text for classroom worksheet usage contexts.
Click here to down load your copy of: Path to Siva!
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)
Here is a brief summery of Acharya Arumuganathaswami's and Natyam Jayanatha's travels in California. After the two left for California's Capitol of Sacramento, they had a day to prepare before attending Day One of the meeting of the California State Board of Education. Following the first day, which was mainly about standards for evaluation throughout the state, our monks attended the second day which was the primary reason for going. This was were the two year process of a revised narrative for History and Social Science was to end, with final approval from the Board. This was also the last chance to attempt to make improvements to the draft, which gives 6th grade students an introduction to World Religions, including a not-too-great introduction to Hinduism.
Several prominent Hindu group were there, Including Hindu Education Foundation members, Chinmaya Mission members and Hindu American Foundation leaders. We also had backing from a very prominent group of scholars, and of course our monks were there too. Over 300 speakers testified about the narrative, many of which were on different sides of various debates about the India section. After many, many hours, the public comments had ended, and the board accepted the draft as it stood, with a few minor changes. Over all, Hindu groups succeeded in making a few important improvements to the narrative, though there was still much that could have been improved upon. Nonetheless, a good step in the right direction. Next comes the textbook adoptions process, which any Hindus in California would be wise to pay close attention to, as it decides the final content which will end up in classrooms.
Following the meeting, our team had a nice vegetarian lunch with some of the California Hindu leaders and youth that had attended the meeting. The next morning our monks caught an early flight home to Kauai.
Aum Namah Sivaya
Archives are now available through 2001. Light colored days have no posts. 1998-2001 coming later.