Bodhinatha’s Sun One Upadesha for the Past Month

Bodhinatha Speaking in Kadavul Temple, Hawaii

We have caught up with processing Bodhinatha’s recent upadeshas. You will enjoy his fascinating commentaries on Patanjali and various issues relating to spiritual unfoldment.

The Aim of Hindu Practices – Publisher’s Desk Video

Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami reads his editorial from the January/February/March 2015 edition of Hinduism Today magazine. “Dharma, seva, puja and raja yoga lead to purification of the mind, which is the essence of all spiritual endeavors.”

Atritex & Our Special Visitors

Yoginathaswami and I were a bit amazed at the level of technology here in India. Our room, for instance, is run entirely from an iPad, everything from lights and sounds, room service, laundry, every single thing that happens in the room is on the iPad. In this, India is far ahead of the US. 

Our room boy was enamored by the Gurudeva shrine we keep in the room, and said he would offer a surprise. When we returned from the temple, we found he had made an elephant out of two towels!

Ponni Selvanathan, wife of our Sthapati, came to meet with us along with her younger son Raja Ganapathy and her nephew, who is a marking silpi. Her son is being groomed to become a sthapati.  So encouraging to see that young men still are dedicated to the ancient arts. Even his older brother, now an airline pilot, plans to do the same after he has seen the world.

Details of the Temple Builders' bronze Memorial were worked out and we asked Pooni about the idea of having cows present at the opening of temples and homes (for our article in the magazine on cows). She is enormously knowledgeable and offered many insights to us.

Around 10:30 am we were met by the founder/owner of Atritex, Mr. Satya Narayanan and his partner, Srini, and together the four of us drove to their offices. Atritex has been instrumental in working with the Ganapati Kulam on transferring all of our books and resources into ePub formats. This is the first time we are meeting them in person. 

Satya is a PhD in technology and a brilliant head of this small but innovative company. Yoginathaswami said: "He is one of the most intelligent, eloquent and ethical businessmen I've ever met."

We were introduced to his team of 25 youthful nerds, all amazingly focused. Satya has intentionally kept them close, in two rooms working side by side in a home, not a corporate office, so their culture would be that of a family.  

He showed us an incredible tool they use for creating ePub files from PDFs, something they have cobbled together from various sources. It's a game-changer in the digital publishing industry and you will be hearing more and more about them in the future. I am under confidentiality vows to say no more!

That afternoon we met with Kulapati Ramesh Sivanathan and his family who are on a 21-day pilgrimage to all the major temples of South India and then spent a valuable hour with our respected  Sabarathnam Sivacharyar, who guides us on all matters regarding Vedas, Agamas and vastu tradition.

We told Sivachariya about our cow article in the magazine and he offered to give relevant references from the Agamas which have much to say on the subject. 

Chennai Temple Blesses the Wanderers

Arriving in Chennai we settled in for five days of project meetings and satsangs, empowered by a morning at the famed Kaalikambal Temple. This is the temple managed by the family of the famed Sri Sambamurthi Sivachariyar, who did our Panchasilanyasa puja in 1996, preparing the spiritual foundations for Iraivan Temple. In his life, he conducted more than 1,000 temple kumbhabhishekams.

Accompanied by Nellaiappan, we were greeted by large groups of Sivacharyars, both young and old. They were gathering here from several gurukulams for 10 days of homa and puja to bring peace to the world and for the well beings of the all beings. It seems we arrived on the very auspicious opening day, a blessing since there were many shrines being prepared, home kundas and more. We were greeted with kumbha, garland, chanting, special country style drumming (really loud!) with damaru and, of course, the traditional nadaswaram and tavil. We felt we had arrived at an inner world. In fact, we had!

Led by Shanmugam Sivacharyar (youngest son of the late Sambamurthi Sivacharyar), we had darshan of Siva and Sakti at five shrines. The chants inside the stone chambers were potent, pure, empowering. We were told the nine-days were about protection of humanity from calamity and distress, and later at the hotel Sabharatnam mentioned the power of this particular deity and that such pujas, according to the Agamas, could only be held at the outskirts of a town, never in the center. The Adi Saiva community here is clearly grateful to Kauai Aadheenam for the support over the years by Gurudeva and Bodhinatha's recent help to revive and now translate the Saiva Agamas, a project the several gurukulams are fully committed to completing. 

That night we had satsang at the home of Sheela Venkatakrishna. It proved a unique time. A storm moved into the city, with rain, thunder and lightening. Only the bravest of souls could make it through that challenge, and they came to a home filled with light but not the external form of light, as the electricity failed for the night.

Sheela brought candles into the space and in the dim light we heard four priests chanting the Vedas. I gave a short talk on light and on the guru's work to bring us into the light, out of the darkness, reading Gurudeva's words on the importance of the guru to guide us through the shadows of the mind into the radiance of our soul, often shrouded, ever brilliant at its core. It proved a blessed time, made more memorable by the unusual circumstances of the evening.

Jai Gurudeva! Jai Sambhamurthi Sivachariya!

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