We are pleased to announce that Gurudeva's Dancing With Siva has been beautifully translated and printed in the Russian language. To thank for this great accomplishment with have Dinanatha, a Siva bhaktar from Russia who pours his whole life into his service. The original translation was completed several years ago but was redone recently and the book itself has been painstakingly designed to include all of the original artwork and front and back matter with a full glossary. It is a near perfect recreation of the original english version. Our many thanks to Dinanatha for all his dedicated work. Aum Namah Sivaya.
Mrunal and Padmaja Patel recently arrived on pilgrimage to the aadheenam, and with them they brought the completed Living With Siva audio book in Gujarati. The narration is thanks to the work of narrator Harish Vyass and sound engineer Ajay Wadhar. They have completed Dancing With Siva and Living With Siva and are now completing Merging With Siva. An amazing accomplishment!
Be they luxurious palaces, rustic warehouses, simple halls or granite sanctuaries, Hindu temples are springing up all over the world, numbering in the hundreds of thousands. Yet outside of India and a few places like Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bali, what happens inside these temples remains a mystery—to young generations of Hindus as well as to curious newcomers. It’s all a bit intimidating at first. This Insight is designed to answer the common questions that arise: Why are temples important? What are the customs and protocols, the dos and don’ts? What attitudes should one hold inside? Do all those rituals have a meaning? What is the priest chanting? All these musings and more are addressed here to help newcomers— both Hindus and non-Hindus—enjoy and benefit from their temple visits.
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Today Natyam Jayanatha and Yogi Rajanatha set up for and filmed Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami's Publisher's Desk editorial from the April 2017 issue of Hinduism Today Magazine. It takes about 40 minutes for the team to set up the lighting, sound and the camera in order to produce a quality video. In the coming weeks the video will be edited and posted online along with the April Digital edition of Hinduism Today. For now, here is a short preview of the article:
For those on the spiritual path, it is not terribly difficult to avoid backbiting, gossip and hurtful humor. But controlling and refining our speech on more subtle levels is a lifetime sadhana.
Three virtues we can focus on are courtesy, tact and sensitivity. Courtesy is being polite, respectful and considerate of the needs and feelings of others. Tactfulness is being diplomatic and skillful in dealing with people and situations, responding to disagreements judiciously, and maintaining harmony by seeking solutions that offend no one. Sensitivity is holding a delicate appreciation of others ideas, attitudes and natures, listening carefully in conversations and not interrupting, striving to uplift rather than dominate. The Tirukural warns, "Not knowing the companionable art of cheerful conversation, men estrange even friends by divisive discourse" (verse 187).
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