Bodhinatha’s Latest Upadeshas:“Detach Awareness From the Conscious Mind” (October 6, 2015)
Avoid creating ripples in life, being permanently emotionally disturbed. The English language is a conscious mind language structured to teach us that we are our emotions. Be observant of thought patterns and detach yourself. The “I” is not the body nor emotions. The “I” is the spiritual being.
Master Course, Merging with Siva, Lesson 172.
Superconsciousness is always there within us. A simple key to contacting it is relaxation. Step back, become internalized. Meditation requires retraining the way we think. The mind is used to doing external things. Subjugate externalizing samskaras (external impressions) by employing restraint, nirodha. This produces a new impression in the mind, the impression of restraint. In time, through years of practice, eventually we achieve vichara, the power of one-pointedness and cognition. Then something else begins to occur, deep in meditation, intuitions come, and they modify the impressions and we begin to change the total content of our minds. The gradual building of the impressions of restraint and intuitions make it easier and easier to meditate.
Master Course, Merging with Siva, Lesson 193
Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
The Hinduism Today app for mobile devices now has a second edition. If you are a registered user you would have received an email notification that the October issue is ready for you to download. Read all about London’s Saivite Hindu temples, the ongoing challenges for Hindu culture in earth-quake smitten Nepal and more (see below).
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Hinduism Today’s October/November/December 2015 issue has gone to press and is now available on your mobile phone, free of charge.
It’s a story that, while known in London, has never been told. Our intrepid team conducted myriad interviews, scoured the history of Hinduism in the UK and came up with a fascinating story of how 23 Saivite temples were built in London, almost exclusively by the immigrant Sri Lankan community. See how an ethnic war resulted in new life in England, and how easily you can reach the temples following our London Tube map!
When our Nepal photographer, Thomas Kelly, woke up the morning of April 25 in his Kathmandu home, little did he know what the day had in store. At 11:56 A.M. a powerful earthquake shook the earth for 50 long seconds, bringing devastation to dozens of surrounding Himalayan communities. It turned out to be history’s most impoverishing loss of world heritage sites. Thomas and his family took refuge outside, and he was able in the ensuing minutes and hours to venture through the rubble to capture an extraordinary tale on film (OK, no film was involved). See his powerful photos and Sally Acharya’s personal narrative, which captures the voices of those who survived this historic 7.8 magnitude quake.
Not often in one’s life do the spiritual heads of major monasteries change, and so this story by Choodie Sivaram provides a rare look into the traditional process by which a new successor is chosen, prepared and initiated. Join us for the ceremonies at Sringiri Math, one of India’s great monastic institutions.
It’s now official: International Yoga Day. Find out how it happened and what it may mean for the future of humanity now that the United Nations has officially designated June 21st of each year to be celebrated as a day of yoga, peace and nonviolence. This first year was observed by millions in 177 nations! The photo of yogis under the Eiffel Tower in Paris tells the tale.
Our publisher, Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, tackles the ultimate goal in life, Moksha. His take is different from what you might expect, focusing on how such a seemingly remote attainment can remain relevant in our day-to-day life.
This issue’s 16-page Insight Section is all about astrology. World renowned expert Vamadeva Shastri takes us on a wide-ranging adventure into this ancient science of time, touching on all of the basics, along the way exploring some of the controversies that arise when astrologers abuse their clients’ trust.
Rajiv Malhotra has authored some of the most trenchant and historically relevant books on Hinduism. In this issue of HT we explore Indra’s Net, his epic dismantling of the last hundred years of encounters between Western academia and Hinduism. It has not been a happy relationship, and Mr. Malhotra is never shy about explaining just how fatally flawed the Western intellectual view is.
There is more, much more. A young man discovers appreciation for his ancestors and what they accomplished, our Digital Dharma page reveals just how rich the topic of vegetarianism is on YouTube (more than 780,000 instances). Our reviewers give you an inside track for exploring the subject. You’ll always find a cartoon surrounded by inspiring and witty remarks in our “Quotes and Quips,” reader responses in our “Letters” section and an array of diaspora stories from around the world in “Global Dharma.”
For technical reasons, the details of which we will spare you, we have been required to put up a new version of the Hinduism Today app on Google Play. Instead of updating the existing app, a new one was issued. This should be the last time this happens. Future updates will be automatic via your phone or tablet. If anyone has downloaded and installed the Hinduism Today App from Google Play, please delete the app on your Android device and then open this web page on your device and re-install using this link.
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On Tuesday, August 18th, Yelena Okhman came to the Media Studio to begin a massive undertaking, the translation of the Guru Chronicles into the Russian language. Together she and Sadasivanathaswami worked out a plan forward (this will take years) and then Yelena translated the cover as a ceremonial beginning of the project.
Gurudeva's books are popular in Russia and have been widely distributed in the Russian language. Some aver that Saivism is the original and most ancient religion of Russia. To have the stories of our Nandinatha lineage available to 155 million Russian-language speakers is golden. Jai Gurudeva!
News Flash! HT App on Google Play!
August 28, 2015: This is an update to our previous announcement. The Hinduism Today app is now available for all Android smart phones. You can get it on Google Play: Click here and install!
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Today, August 12th, with fireworks and the annual Perseid meteor shower in the sky above, we triumphantly make known the launching of Hinduism Today's mobile app. For many months now the monks have been working among themselves and with experts to create an internet application worthy of Hinduism's flagship magazine and today Apple has put it on the App Store for all to download. For free! The Android version is coming soon to Google Play.
Around the globe there are millions who have no access to the Internet, and whose go-to device is an iPhone or Android. A recent poll claims that 70% of India's digitally-connected population have only a mobile device, without a computer at home. This app is designed to give access to our rich resources for students in Fiji, housewives in Mauritius, yogis in Rishikesh, seekers in Kuala Lumpur and Indophiles everywhere and provide them with a mobile-friendly reading experience of the magazine's one-of-a-kind stories and elegant graphics each quarter.
We hope you will not only download and test-drive it, but share the link with family and friends to enrich their lives and bring the Hindu community even closer. You can download it here (be sure to register so we can tell you when the next issue is available for downloading): https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hinduism-today/id1023295974?mt=8
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