To Sri Lanka!

Bodhinatha and Shanmuganathaswami are currently in Sri Lanka on a nine day tour of Colombo, Batticaloa and Jaffna. The first event on January 25, 2015 was an evening, private-invitation-only dinner at Saraswathi Hall, organized jointly by All Ceylon Hindu Congress and Manitha Neyam Trust. An estimated 300 were in attendance. Bodhinatha was introduced by Mr. K. Neelakantha, president of the All Ceylon Hindu Congress. He was also introduced by the Minister for Resettlement, Rehabilitation and Hindu cultural Affairs Hon. D. M. Swaminathan. Bodhinatha gave a talk about the Sri Lankan Tamils diaspora and how he had been visiting many of their relatives in Canada, Australia and the USA. Many of the children from the Manitha Neyam Trust children's homes were present. Those with birthdays during this month were given a small cake and a gift, and everyone sung happy birthday. Bodhinatha gave vibuthi to everyone. This is Bodhinatha's first visit to Sri Lanka in 32 years, and much has changed in the country since 1983.

Many Forms of Siva

We came across this list of beautiful and bizarre creatures today that we'd like to share. These colorful, and in some cases one-of-a-kind beings are a wonderful example of Siva's uncanny and uncommon forms. With all the variety on our little planet alone, it stretches the imagination to infinity, to ponder the countless variation that must exists throughout our galaxy alone, as it floats through Siva's perfect universe.

From Living With Siva:
It takes much meditation to find God Siva in all things, through all things. In this striving--as in perfecting any art or science--regular daily disciplines must be faithfully adhered to. Siva is the immanent personal Lord, and He is transcendent Reality. Siva is a God of love, boundless love. He loves each and every one. Each soul is created by Him and guided by Him through life. God Siva is everywhere. There is no place where Siva is not. He is in you. He is in this temple. He is in the trees. He is in the sky, in the clouds, in the planets. He is the galaxies swirling in space and the space between galaxies, too. He is the universe. His cosmic dance of creation, preservation and dissolution is happening this very moment in every atom of the universe. God Siva is, and is in all things. He permeates all things. He is immanent, with a beautiful form, a human-like form which can actually be seen and has been seen by many people in visions. He is also transcendent, beyond time, cause and space. That is almost too much for the mind to comprehend, isn't it? Therefore, we have to meditate on these things. God Siva is so close to us.

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A Mountain Top

Recently the aadheenam has been seeing some interesting weather coming in from the south-west. On some days warm, dry winds and on others, still sunlight and perfect temperatures. Sometimes clouds will actively roll over the top of Mount Waialeale, creating an incredible waterfall effect, a "cloudfall" if you will. No matter how long we live under this sacred mountain, its beauty never ceases to amaze us.

"Happiness and sorrow, honour and dishonour occur one after the other. Don't lose heart when you discover this. At the foot of the mountain you are aware of the high ground and the low ground. When you reach the summit the whole thing is just one beautiful spectacle." Siva Yogaswami

Today’s Guests

This morning, Nilima Silver and Kalyanika Forester visited the aadheenam from the Sri Chinmoy Center in Jamaica-Queens, New York. Nilima has been a disciple of Sri Chinmoy for over forty years. A pillar of their community, she has been the main coordinator of the group's activities at the United Nations. At the UN she is currently a key member of the staff of the President of the General Assembly. They came to visit our Siva temple and express their gratitude and good wishes after two of our swamis visited Aspiration-Ground, their guru's samadhi shrine, in New York last August. See that story here

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