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Sun One Homa

Today marks the beginning of our lunar phase as we go from a full moon to a half moon. As is their usual pattern, the monks started the phase off with a homa. As many of you know, a flame acts as a window between this and more subtle dimensions of reality. So a big fire makes for a bigger window, so to speak. These sacred fire rituals have been practiced for thousands of years and are likely as old as Hinduism itself. To begin, we perform a short puja to Ganesha, then one to Lord Hanuman. Gurudeva requested Lord Hanuman be included in our weekly homa since He has been so instrumental in our work. After that, a puja to the smaller kumbha which holds the shakti of Lord Varuna, and then on to a final Siva puja. The arati is then used to start the fire. Sri Rudram is chanted and sacred mantras are offered to the flames along with ghee, fruits, flowers and seeds. Written prayers are then burned to reappear in the inner worlds for the devas to easily read and act upon. Following the homa, Satguru gave a wonderful upadesha on living two-thirds within and one-third without as we go through our daily lives. The talk will be online soon. Aum Namah Sivaya

What Is Your Self-Concept? You Are A Divine Soul

Bodhinatha's Latest Upadesha:"Your Self-Concept: You Are A Divine Soul" (April 15,2016)

Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami

Focus on being a soul, not the body, mind and emotions. When we think of ourselves as a soul we're able to move forward and get closer and closer to Siva. That's the whole idea of Saiva Siddhanta. A negative self-concept is an obstacle. We can change our self-concept through applying Gurudeva's teachings, affirming every day that we are a divine being. Vasana daha tantra: Going back and understanding experiences; clearing up the reactions to the past.

Master Course, Dancing with Siva, Lesson 1.

Click here to go to an index of all of Bodhinatha's and Gurudeva's online audio.

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The Sunder family recently visited from California, and their family is growing. Dr. Sundar's older son Anthan with his new bride Sayini are in the middle of the first photo, next to Satguru.

Shan Sundar (far right) and his wife Tillaka have known Gurudeva for decades. He is a retired cardiologist and a longtime supporter of Hinduism Today and the monastery. They live in Lancaster, California. They are introducing the next generation of grand children to the monastery lately.

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