Prime Minister Modi’s International Day of Yoga Site Launched

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi's new International Day of Yoga web site was officially launched in Paris on August 10th. The monks were contacted to contribute and you will find Himalayan Academy Publication's contribution in the "About --> Roots of Yoga" section where the Yamas and Niyamas are in focus with a link to our book Yoga's Forgotten Foundation.

PARIS, FRANCE, April 10, 2015 (Business Standard): Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched a portal for the International Day of Yoga here, describing the ancient Indian spiritual practice as capable of awakening a sense of oneness. Flanked by UNESCO Director General Irena Bukova, Modi officially launched the http://www.Idayofyoga.Org website after addressing a gathering at the UNESCO headquarters that included a large number of NRIs.

In his UNESCO address, Modi called for a change in lifestyle "because the emission reduction that we seek will be the natural outcome of how we live. It is with this vision that I had called the United Nations General Assembly last September to declare June 21 as the International Day of Yoga. Yoga awakens a sense of oneness and harmony with self, society and nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change and create a more balanced world," Modi said. Check it out at of Yoga

Visitors from Maui

A few days back we had 11 visitors arrive at the monastery gate, the friends and family of Woody Harrelson. Woody is an enormously talented actor, first on the last-millennium sitcom "Cheers" and more recently in the Hunger Games series (and lots more). He and his family live on Maui and this was their first visit to the monastery. Amazingly, Woody is deeply immersed in spiritual work and nearly every word he said was of the inner kind. Example question: "Swami, what difference is there, if any, in your tradition, between enlightenment and samadhi?"

Starting The New Year

Today we celebrate the beginning of the Hindu Year of Manmatha, 5117. Sadhu Paksha ended yesterday for the monks and following this morning's homa, monks and local devotees paraded out to the flagpole. The coral pink flag of the Moksha Ritau was replaced with the bright orange flag of the Nartana Ritau. The parade then continued around Iriavan Temple and inside for arati.

Nartana Ritau, the season of Dancing with Siva, begins on Tamil New Year. This is the period of creation, the warm season, from mid-April through mid-August. The key word of this season is planning. The colors are orange, yellow-gold and all shades of green–orange for renunciation, yellow-gold for action and green for regeneration.

High above, the main flag flies the color orange, heralding the Nartana Ritau throughout this season, symbolizing sadhana and self-control. The other colors adorn smaller flags. This is the season of giving special attention to those in the grihastha ashrama. It is a time of awakening, renewal, review. The emphasis is on seeing ahead, planning for future years. It is a time of planning retreats and other activities for youths and adults for the entire year. During this time of looking forward, the Church's six-year plan is updated by the Guru Mahasannidhanam and stewards and another year added.

The Saiva Dharma Shastras are studied; and any needed additions in supplementary manuals, representing new growth, are made. The practical focus is completion of unfinished projects. Secular holidays to observe among the families include Mother's Day in May, Father's Day in June and Grandparent's Day in August.

This season of harvest and new growth is also the time to review and reestablish picking and planting routines for the gardens. It is a time for ordering seeds and plants for the year, of planting trees, fragrant vines and the annual crop. Review is made for scheduling the care of all realms of the Aadheenam's acreage. Kadavul temple and the Guru Temple are cleaned and renewed during this season and the adjacent grounds receive special, abundant attention. Karma yogis are invited to help in this and other areas with planting and weeding, digging, fertilizing, fence repair and more.
The daily sadhana is the Sivachaitanya Panchatantra: experiencing nada, jyoti, prana, bhakti and darshana. In Sanskrit, it is a time of learning new slokas and mantras. In the family community, prasnottara satsanga is held for one and all to attend. Families plan for their annual pilgrimage. Shrine rooms are renewed and redecorated for the year, and the clothing of all is renewed in the Hindu style of the current fashion. It is a time of doing things for others, religious outreach. It is a time of hatha yoga and philosophical teaching.

Mauritius April Ganesha Homa

Click here for report and more photos of our Spiritual Park April homa

A Study of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras

This afternoon, the Aadheenam's Natyam and young sadhaka took part in a special class with Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami. The subject was Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. Verse by verse Satguru went through explaining and answering questions about this profound yogic text. Much of a monastic's training at Kauai Aadheenam is experiential, so a chance to sit down with their satguru for a in-depth discussion of high philosophy was a rare treat. Aum Namah Sivaya.

"Yoga is the restraint of mental activities" Patanjali

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