Celebrating Yoga

Dr. Larry Payne, founder of the Samata Yoga Center in Los Angeles, has had many yoga retreats on Kauai. Each time he brings the retreat group to attend Siva puja at our monastery temple and meet with the late Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, and now with Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami. Larry is celebrating Samata Yoga’s 35th anniversary by inviting various teachers and friends to submit a short video message of best wishes and some wisdom. Here is the message from Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami.

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Recent Visitors

Umasankaran, his wife Geetha and their daughter Anika made their first visit from Edmonton, Canada. Anika's first birthday was on the 14th. Umaskankaran recently completed our formal Master Course Supervised Study.

Bliss, Satchidananda and Samadhi

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In Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami's most recent upadesha, He discusses various levels of realization and samadhi. In short, the experience of ananda in savikalpa samadhi has to cease before you can dive deeper into nirvikalpa samadhi. Agitations of the mind are released by the attainment of shanti in the anahata and vishuddha chakras. These distinctions are important for understanding where we are in consciousness. The realization of one's self as a soul is the first stage of Self Realization, then Satchidanada, then Parasiva. Aum Namah Sivaya

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Vijay and Sushma Pallod Visit from Houston Texas

Vijay and Sushma Pallod   Bodhinatha and the monks were delighted to welcome Vijay and Sushma Pallod from Houston, Texas, a few days ago. We have been working closely with them for some 25 years, and this was their first--long overdue--visit, so we were all very happy to see them, and for some of us, to finally meet them. He has dedicated every spare moment of his life to Hindu causes. He has been an active supporter of Hinduism Today magazine since our first contact with him, sponsoring full-page advertisements in Hinduism Today in favor of various Hindu institutions and charities, and promoting and distributing the magazine in the USA and India. The enthusiastic and consistent support has made him a much appreciated friend of Hinduism Today and our staff. Sushma has dedicated her life to keeping the Hindu culture alive at home, especially in her 3 children. Now that they are grown up, she is more active than ever in Hindu community affairs, organizes an annual Hindu summer camp and is a go-to lady for other mothers who strive to keep up their Hindu family culture. Thank you Vijay and Sushma for your fine example and the untiring support!

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