An Unforgettable Stay at Kauai Aadheenam

Sivarathna Manick, who has been at the Aadheenam on our Taskforce program since October, will be leaving in a few days to return home. Today we followed him around the Aadheenam's sacred gardens with a camera, capturing his experiences at the many special spots in our sacred gardens and elsewhere. While here Sivarathna has worked in all of the monastic kulams gaining skills, disciplines and insight, which he will carry with him back into the world.

"You will know Him, if you keep quiet. All your suffering and your disease are for good. You must sweat and fall ill. Don't try to fly because others do. Work and be friendly. Observe and you will understand. Love is God. Truth is God. You cannot see God with your eyes; you must experience God. God is all things; God is everywhere." Siva Yogaswami

In the Mind of the Vedas

In the Hinduism Today April/May/June issue, just now being sent around the globe, we present a profound translation from the Yajurveda. The piece titled "Facing Forward in All Directions" is a beautiful description of Siva's all pervasive self, providing insight into His infinite Being. The above slideshow contains excerpts from the article.

Recent Upadesha by Satguru Bodhinatha Velyanswami

A New Phase Begins

This morning the monastics began their new phase after two days of retreat. Today is also the day of Chellappaguru's Mahasamadhi, so his image adorns Siva's feet in Kadavul's inner sanctum. Senthilnathaswami performed the puja, while other monks chanted Sri Rudram and meditated in Siva's depths. Sishya and other guests also joined for worship and blessings through this ancient and powerful ritual. Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami burned the submitted written prayers and following the homa, gave his usual weekly upadesha. He discussed the importance of daily sadhana, even if it is just 10 minutes, as well as the inherent perfection in our mistakes and negative experiences, provided that we learn from them.

"Don't be discouraged when the mind runs wild as you sit quietly and are unable to control it. Don't be discouraged if you find that you are unable to even choose a time to sit quietly for one half hour on a regular daily basis. If you persist, soon all this will be overcome and a firmness of mind will be felt, for it is through the regular practice of sadhana that the mind becomes firm and the intellect pure. It is through the regular practice of concentration that awareness detaches itself from the external mind and hovers within, internalizing the knowledge of the physical body, the breath and the emotions. Concentration of the forces of the body, mind and emotions brings us automatically into meditation, dhyana, and into deeper internalized awareness. The spiritual practice should be reasonable, should not take up too much time, and should be done at the same time every day." Gurudeva

Satguru in Sri Lanka – Anatha Illam Ladies home in Vavuniya

On February 1st Bodhinatha visited the Anantha Illam in Vavuniya, This home is one of the charitable funds in our Hindu Heritage Endowment. This endowment provides for the care of displaced elderly women with the goal to return them to their villages. The affected women initially receive treatment as in-patients at the mental health unit of the Vavuniya General Hospital. Once their acute illness is reasonably cured, they are generally referred to Anantha Illam. Based upon availability of accommodations, those who have no one to take care of them or who are in need of special care and are destitute, are to be given priority admission to the center. The inmates are provided accommodation, food and counseling.

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