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


Paramacharya and Senthilnathaswami began the journey home after the marvelous adventure with BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha in New Jersey. The day after the special time at the Bharatya Sivashram Sangh and Sri Chinmoy center in Queens, we were met by Kaika and Nilufer Clubwala who generously drove us hither and thither through the boroughs to our meetings, even to the airport for our flight to Chicago (see separate TAKA tale).

On our final night in Queens, we invited 18 good souls to join us for an informal satsang and sharing. The Clubwalas arranged for some snacks and we all talked into the night about the Hindu history film, HAF progress (since Aseem and Suhag Shukla and their two boys joined with other family), monistic theism and Gurudeva's legacy.

We were thrilled that Lavina Melwani came and spoke with her about her next articles for Hinduism Today.

After Chicago we flew into the American desert, to Tucson where we met with Chellappa Deva and Bhanu Devi and Jim and Natalie Levin, and had some amazing short walks under the desert sky, and great conversations about profound matters, our favorite subject.

Next, we flew to Los Angeles, where we were met by Chandran and Sahanadevi Param and their four children who drove us everywhere in this vast city. To get some exercise, we walked on Rodeo Drive.

On our final night on what Paramacharya calls the Very Big Island, we had dinner with just over 20 members and students. Lots of sharing about our paramparai, our mission and days on the East Coast. It was a fitting end to the journey. All hail the kailasa Paramparai. All hail the Infinite Siva. All hail the Satguru! Aum Namasivaya!

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