Bodhinatha’s Visit to Nallur in Jaffna, Sri Lanka

On January 30, 2015, Bodhinatha visited the holy city of Nallur in Jaffna. First, Bodhinatha worshiped at the Nallur Kandaswami Temple, a place of great importance to our guru parampara. Then he visited the nearby Chellappaswami samadhi temple. He also visited the Nallai Aadheenam and met with the aadheenakarthar, Sri Somasaundara Paramachariya Swami.

Bodhinatha’s Meeting with the Chief Minister

On January 30, 2015, the Chief Minister for the Northern Province of Sri Lanka, Hon. C. V. Wigneswaran visited the Sri Subramuniya Kottam in Kopay and had the darshan of Bodhinatha. Bodhinatha had breakfast with him.

Ganesha With Tom Brady at the SuperBowl

tom Brady and family Tom Brady celebrates with his family after his team won the SuperBowl today We don't usually report on affairs of the sports kind... but the Super Bowl is such a massive thing in the mind this week we could not resist. The USA Today article below came to us this afternoon: Lord Ganesha found His way into an unusual corner of the universe. It seems that  Super Bowl winning quarterback Tom Brady knows about Ganesha, and knows more than he is ready to tell. In fact, he keeps a Ganesha murthi in his locker and after the game it was spotted by photographers. Though the world-renowned athlete declined comment, some reporters were not shy about reporting that "the Lord of Obstacles" was there. The story, a short one, is below:
Lord Ganesha USA TODAY...February 1, 2015, Sports GLENDALE, Ariz. — When Tom Brady reached his locker, about an hour after victory and a series of interviews, he was done talking to the news media. But his locker spoke for him. Prominently displayed was was a four-inch bronze elephant-headed statue — Ganesha, the Hindu God. Or as Brady quietly told a visitor, "The remover of obstacles.'' Two team officials shielded him from the news media with the same intensity that the New England Patriots offensive line protected him from the Seattle Seahawks. "Tom's done,'' one shouted as the MVP-winning quarterback arrived. But the locker spoke. Ganesha, remover of obstacles, almost beckoned to the curious. Super Bowl hot reads: Snap reactions to the Patriots' win over the Seahawks Brady knows obstacles better than most. .... Ganesha illustrates the spiritual side of his psyche developed with trainer and adviser Alex Guerrero. But the spiritual is coupled by mental commitment, evidence by more items in his locker....

Bodhinatha Visits Yogaswami’s Hut

"Everything is in you. You don't want to know. Let God speak in you-otherwise there is no God. He is in you, in me, in everyone." Siva Yogaswami

Yesterday, Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami and Sannyasin Shanmuganathaswami visited Yogaswami's Colombuthurai hut. From 1914 until Yogaswami's mahasamadhi in 1964, the little hermitage in Columbuthurai served as his abode and ashram. Devotees would gather daily to be with the guru, sing, receive his guidance on the path and enjoy his upadeshas and radiant spiritual presence. Yogaswami's hermitage had the simple austerity of a monk's quarters. In the main room there was a neem-wood platform that was his bed at night and his seat during the day. Behind a curtain he kept the sandals of his guru, which he worshiped each day with camphor. It was in his thatched hut in May of 1949 that Yogaswami touched Gurudeva's soul and changed our lives forever.

More Photos From Sri Lanka

Thondunathan sent us these photos today from Sri Lanka. They are of Bodhinatha's arrival at the Sri Subramuniya Kottam in Kopay. Both Bodhinatha and Shanmuganathaswami were greeted with much warmth. They later enjoyed breakfast at the Aloha Kauai Guest House outdoor cafe

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