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.
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The monks of Kauai's Hindu Monastery
We welcome the final installation of our Saiva Saint Path peethams and we reflect on our guru lineage. The Guru Chronicles is filled with the history of the siddhars that guide Kauai's Hindu Monastery and continue to develop the powers it contains. We quote from the book in this slideshow and try to give a glimpse of its miraculous tales.
These are the stories of remarkable souls who knew the
Unknowable and held Truth in the palm of their hand.
They confounded their contemporaries, revealed life’s
purpose and path, and became inexplicably aware of the
future. They worshiped God as Siva, knowing Him as All
and in all, as the God— by other names—of every faith and
path. Many are the gurus; but these knowers of God—those
who have achieved the ultimate goal of yoga, transcending
the mind itself—are called satgurus. Their successors still
live, their powers transmitted and maturing from one to
the next, now flourishing in the 21st century. But their stories
have remained largely untold, a kind of universal spiritual
secret. Here, for the first time, what moved and motivated
them is revealed, to the extent they let it be known.
Here, for the first time, what they said and did is shared
outside the circle of initiates.
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.
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