Another Recent Tour Group

"God Siva's veiling grace hides Siva as He dresses in many costumes. He is a dancer, you know, and dancers wear many costumes. He will come as a guest to your home, unrecognizable. You might think it is your dear friend from a far-off place. That, too, is Siva in another costume, and you must treat that guest as Siva. Giving to Siva Siva's own creation in your mind brings the highest rewards through the law of karma."  Gurudeva

We had another tour day recently, just days after the previous one. This happy group expressed their joy at having been able to visit and see the monastery's many simple wonders.
The above photos are both panoramas, so make sure to pan left and right.

Kashi Gets a New Home

Kashi, our new calf, is now 28 days old and ready for an upgraded calf pen. Having passed the critical stages of development with flying colors, he's now ready to explore the wonders of eating grass.

May 29th Homa

See God in everything - in all people. You must do that!

This morning the monks of Kauai Aadheenam began their new phase. This is a six day phase, which will be followed by a three day retreat. Tomorrow is Ardra Nakshatra, and Lord Nataraja will be worshiped in Kadavul Temple with an elaborate abhishekam. On Sun 4 Bodhinatha and Senthilnathaswami will be leaving on a 9-day trip to Texas to participate in the Kumbhabhishekam of the the new Hindu Temple of Greater Fort Worth.

Several guests joined this morning's homa, including Amma Vicky who is visiting from Seattle, Washington, to spend time with her son and his brother monks. Bodhinatha burned the prayers to the devas, accompanied by the chanting of Sri Rudram and the offering of ghee. Following the homa, Bodhinatha gave a very insightful talk about the nature of our identification with the many states of mind our awareness flows through.

Annual Progress Report, May 2014

Enjoy an edited compilation of our monthly news videos for the past year with additional interviews about and footage of the massive San Marga Iraivan Temple project at Kauai's Hindu Monastery. (This video was shown at our annual Aloha Luncheon in Milpitas, California, earlier this month.)

May 23 Homa

"Like the household fire, devotees seek the glory of the Lord even from afar and enshrine it in their inner chamber for enlightenment. The glory of our Lord is full of splendor, all-illuminative and worthy to be honored in every heart." Rig Veda 7.1.2. RVP, 2341

The monastery begins its new phase today. Last night Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami returned from his trip to the mainland, along with Sanmuganathaswami and Siddhanathaswami. Bodhinatha joined this morning's homa, burning prayers to the Gods and devas. This Phase is a short one, of only four days.

Following the homa, Bodhinatha discussed the Jnana marga, and its distinction from jnana yoga. Where as jnana yoga is an intellectual study, leading to inner realization, the jnana marga is the final stage of life when an advanced soul has succeeded on the yoga marga and exists as an emanation of that attainment.

Sloka 40 from Dancing with Siva
What Is the Nature of the Jnana Pada?

Jnana is divine wisdom emanating from an enlightened being, a soul in its maturity, immersed in Sivaness, the blessed realization of God, while living out earthly karma. Jnana is the fruition of yoga tapas. Aum Namah Sivaya.


The instinctive mind in the young soul is firm and well-knit together. The intellectual mind in the adolescent soul is complicated, and he sees the physical world as his only reality. The subsuperconscious mind in the mystically inclined soul well perfected in kriya longs for realization of Siva's two perfections, Satchidananda and Parasiva. Through yoga he bursts into the superconscious mind, experiencing bliss, all-knowingness and perfect silence. It is when the yogi's intellect is shattered that he soars into Parasiva and comes out a jnani. Each time he enters that unspeakable nirvikalpa samadhi, he returns to consciousness more and more the knower. He is the liberated one, the jivanmukta, the epitome of kaivalya--perfect freedom--far-seeing, filled with light, filled with love. One does not become a jnani simply by reading and understanding philosophy. The state of jnana lies in the realm of intuition, beyond the intellect. The Vedas say, "Having realized the Self, the rishis, perfected souls, satisfied with their knowledge, passion-free, tranquil--those wise beings, having attained the omnipresent on all sides--enter into the All itself." Aum Namah Sivaya.

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