Acharya Arumuganathaswami and Sadhaka Jayanatha Leave for Colorado

Acharya Arumuganathaswami makes his yearly trip to the Uberoi Foundation gathering. This year in Colorado. The Foundation and it's principals have been very supportive of our work in the field of Hindu Education. In particular they provided a grant which made possible the making of the video "The History of Hindu India." That video seems to be slowly going viral. It now has over 40,000 views on YouTube! This year Sadhaka Jayanatha is traveling with him.

Photos from Bodhinatha’s Recent Trip

Jiva Rajasankara recently sent us photos from Bodhinatha and Shanmuganathaswami's recent trip to Bengaluru. These are a select few of those photos, depicting their visit to adichunchanagiri mutt where they met with Sri Nirmalanandanatha Mahaswamiji, and their visit Kailash Ashram, where they spent much of their time with Sri Jayendra Puri Swami.

Meeting with Students at the Sheraton

A few days ago, Bodhinatha held a meeting with a group of Indian Master Course students at the Sheraton Hotel in Bengaluru. The group asked many wonderful questions, leading to many engaging and inspiring answers.

A Visit to Bengaluru

Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami and Sannyasin Shanmuganathaswami have arrived safely in Bengaluru. Their first stops are the carving site and the homes of devotees. Jiva Rajasankara, who heads the management of the carving site, performed a traditional guru padapuja, and Bodhinatha blessed those present. Following the puja Swapna Rajasankara received her mantra diksha on August 22nd after years of personal study and preparation. This means receiving spiritual initiation from the Satguru to chant Aum Namah Sivaya 108 times daily on rudraksha japa mala. Prior to this, she was chanting Aum Saravanabhava Aum. It is the first of two dikshas that all sishyas prepare to receive. She is now known as dikshasishya.

Satsang in the Windy City

Paramacharya Sadasivanathaswami and Sannyasin Senthilnathaswami stopped for a couple of days in Chicago to visit with devotees there. An outing to the Museum of Science and Industry was enjoyed, focusing on many exhibits ranging from genetics to transportation and energy technology to weather patterns.

Panshula and Jill Ganeshan hosted a satsang at their home in Orland Park. Paramacharya gave a wonderful talk, and the History of Hindu India movie was shown. This 23-minute video is making inroads into the Hindu community across America and the academic community around the world, dispelling common myths and misconceptions about Hinduism and educating youth and adults about the glorious history and true grandeur of the faith. A preliminary version of our Innersearch Mauritius compilation video was also shown, jerking tears from one Innersearcher in the room and reminding others of the magnificent, loving, challenging, educational, exciting and life transforming experiences that Innersearch offers. Many were the attendees asking when and where the next program will be. Siva is keeping it a secret even from us right now, as no solid plans have been made. All we know is that it will be two to three years from now, but who knows where? All we can say is that based on the success of the most recent program, just last month in Mauritius, it's a very good idea to start saving up.

At the end of the satsang, in response to a refrain we had been hearing throughout our trip--"Swami, the monks are so busy and have so much important work to do, I won't want to bother Bodhinatha and the monks by writing in for guidance about my small, insignificant issues in life"--Paramacharya gave a strong and rousing bit of encouragement to all present: The monks are not busy. Sure, we are engaged in lots of projects, but we wouldn't be doing it without all of you. You and your lives are just as important as anything we are doing at the monastery and around the world. All is Siva, it truly is, and we are one family. Write to us, share what is going on in your life. Keep us informed. Request guidance. This is what we are really here for. A guru parampara is not made of projects; it is made of people, and you are those people. Don't hesitate.

There you have it!

Aum Namah Sivaya

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