Ganesha With Tom Brady at the SuperBowl

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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.

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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

A Satguru in Sri Lanka

Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami and Sannyasin Shanmuganthaswami continue their journey through Sri Lanka. They are visiting many of the special locations mentioned in The Guru Chronicles. Over the last few days, they traveled to Batticaloa, visited the Yogaswami Girls Home, Sivathondan Nilayam, the Vipulananda boys home, the Thirunavukkarasu Gurukulam and the Murukandi Temple at Elephant Pass.

Word got out that Bodhinatha would be traveling through Batticaloa and people gathered for Darshan. They stopped the Van and Bodhinatha gave blessings.

Temple, Satsang, Redwoods and Google

Following two more, very successful Chinamya mission events on Sunday, our two traveling monks decided to visit the Livermore Shiva-Vishnu Temple in the afternoon. Gurudeva gifted the temple its first Ganesha murti many years ago. Today it has several talented priests who perform services throughout the day. Upon arrival there was a new car blessing being performed out front, a small havana inside the temple to the left, what appeared to be a namakarana happening to the right, and of course hundreds of Hindus performing personal worship. We noted that the Ganesha shrine was particularly powerful in this temple. That evening the monks attended the Golden Gate Mission satsang, where Aurumuganathaswami gave an abridged version of the presentation he'd given at the Chinmaya Mission events, as we as a explanation as to our goals in regards to the textbook issue and this trip to Sacramento.

The following day had a more open schedule. Our two monks made their way across the bay to find some redwood trails, and sure enough they did. A redwood reserve nestled along a hilly ridge was the destination. The wooded trek involved a little more ice-cold winds and freezing rain than anticipated, but it was still quite enjoyable being out in nature and getting a little much needed exercise after such an abundance of travel. Of course it was mandatory to hug a few redwood trees. Following their hike, the monks made their way to Google, where an acquaintance of ours, Rolf, is one of the team leaders of Google's transportation initiatives. Rolf gave us a tour of some of the Google campus, all the while explaining a lot of what goes on there and some of the history behind it.

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