During the ladies retreat, by popular request, three “bhajan satsangs” were held with Brahmanathaswami. They sang Natchintanai, practiced the shum alphabet, worked on memorizing some core Vedic chants and practiced affirmations. Swami read from Yogaswami’s biography, from which we can see how central he held singing to the Gods to be a core sadhana for his devotees. Swami also read from Gurudeva’s teachings on affirmations. The key is to understand the meaning of what you sing and chant, so that the songs and chants become powerful affirmations of spiritual truths that can remold the entire subconscious, while also connecting you directly to God, Gods and Guru in the inner worlds through bhakti.
During Satguru’s time in London, he visited the Shree Ghanapathy Temple in London where he gave a presentation he created entitled, “What is Saivism?” The purpose of the presentation is to clarify Saivism’s uniqueness from other Hindu schools of thought, mostly in an effort to have the distinction between it and the prevailing idea of Sankaracarya’s Advaita Vedanta clear in the mind of practicing Saivas. Part One of Five is embedded above, which shows the heartfelt welcoming of Satguru at the temple. Below, we offer links to the remaining four sections in which the actual presentation is contained.
The YouTube channel on which these videos are posted is London Hindu Temples, which hosts a collection of beautiful videos of the many festivals and other events happening in and around London’s Sri Lankan Tamil Hindu community. We encourage you to watch other videos on their channel and subscribe.
Chapter One: The Great Story of Awareness
For those who saw this post several weeks ago, and were surprised to see them disappear suddently, we have improved the speed and audio quality and added proper MP3 tags and are now release these as good to go.
Gurudeva’s 1970 Audio Master Course transformed the hearts, minds and lives of 1000’s of spiritual aspirants. Several generations of seekers have passed through these last 4 decades and many have never heard of this treasure. Gurudeva lays out the core metaphysics of spiritual evolution in very simple terms.
We want to give a special thanks Iain Morland in the UK who has professionally restored the digitized versions of these very old audio tapes and brought them forward to good quality MP3 files. Now Gurudeva’s powerful presence feels like he is right with you today!
In 1970’s the sadhana/practice/course was to listen to each one of these 12 tapes 3 times in one week. Then move to the next chapter. The course also had transcripts to read as you listened and took three months to complete. Some young Hindus recently heard some of these talks and were “blown away… awesome!” so the message is ever fresh and ever powerful, 40 years later.
NOTE: Small request for help: In our archives, we are missing a copy of the printed booklet of Chapter One of the course. In the front of each chapter transcript is a message that we have included in the web version, but we need to get that message from the Chapter One transcript book. If you have a complete set of this old course, please open to the first page that describes the meditation, visualization and practice that should accompany Chapter One, type this up and send it in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you!
Bodhinatha’s Latest Upadeshas:“Sivaratri 2016: The Meaning of Yoga” (March 6,2016)
In his 2016 Mahasivaratri talk, Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami describes the subtle meanings behind some of the concepts in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and shows how they correspond to Gurudeva’s teachings. Hinduism defined is trying to be in the highest state of consciousness you can, right now. Quieting our thoughts down to the point where there aren’t any. Separate from body, mind and will to attain liberation. Through meditation we can detach awareness from our own five states of mind and experience the consciousness of other forms of life, which is all God Siva. What happens to you is created by you; break the cycle of reaction, make life much more sublime. Find that part of us which is God Siva, that pure energy powers everything.
Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras
Master Course, Merging with Siva, Part Four, Cognizantability the Conquest of the Mind
Bodhinatha’s Sun One Talk is up on our server.
Bodhinatha’s Latest Upadeshas:“God is Love; Putting This Into Practice” (February 2, 2016)
The deepest perception of Love: Love is the ultimate Truth. Our Affirmation of Faith: “God Siva is Immanent Love and Transcendent Reality.” You are also that Love, you are also God Siva. There’s only one Being and that Being is a being of Love. The more we can act from that part of us, the better.
Master Course, Living with Siva, Lessons: 45, 296
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