Bodhinatha’s recent upadeshas on the new Path to Siva book are bringing powerful clarifications to key questions and issues that face not only our youth, but any Hindu who may lack the verbal toolbox to talk about these key subjects. Don’t miss them!
[Tech note: Apologies for the poor audio on Chapter 7. We had a sound system failure and had to pull the audio from our video camera, but the message is “mission critical.”]
“Temples with multiple deities can be confusing, especially for today’s Hindu youth. For clarity, we need to bring forward a more precise understanding of the different Hindu denominations and how the different Gods are viewed from within each denomination. For spiritual advancement it is best to focus on one deity and get to the vibration that deity. When we hear teachings from various Hindus, it is important to understand and identify which denomination they are speaking from. This will avert confusion when that teaching gets contradicted in a different context where someone is talking about the same subject but from a different philosophical background.”
Path to Siva, Chapter 7.
“The Many Facets of Saivite Hinduism” (November 9, 2016)
Bodhinatha reviews the main characteristic of Saivite philosophy and practice with an indepth focus on the four stages of religions evolution, chariya, kriya, yoga and jnana. He highlights how this shows that Saiva Siddhanta is unique and quite different from the modern practice of Hinduism as Vedanta
Path to Siva, Chapter 8.
Back in 2009 Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami wrote an editorial for Hinduism Today magazine which was crafted to be an Introduction to Hinduism, especially for those who know little about our vast faith.
A few seekers in Malaysia loved it, and recently translated it into the Tamil language. We offer that translation today, and invite Tamil speaking CyberCadets to share this with friends. It is a most lucid and cogent summary of Hindu dharma.
You can visit the English language version HERE
And the Tamil version HERE
"We need one complete but simple course we can teach for our kids!"
This is a common question, and the Hawaii team teamed up to provide just that. As reported last month, we recently published "Path to Siva; A Catechism for Youth." The hardcover books are available at Minimela.com, and today we announce that the updated digital versions can be found and downloaded HERE.
Please feel free to fetch your PDF, eBook, or Kindle (Mobi) version. We are also including an MSWord DOCX version for teachers who may wish to easily extract text for classroom usage contexts.
Nearly every year, Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami and Sannyasin Shanmuganathaswami travel to Malaysia and Singapore to visit with members, attend satsangs, visit a temple or two and to hold the Aloha Dinner event. They just left Kauai a few days ago and their travels are going smoothly.
Aum Namah Sivaya
Recently several of our monks visited the site of a rediscovered ancient Hawaiian village known as Kanei‘olouma. This 13 acre complex contains numerous habitation, cultivation, sporting, assembly, and religious structures dating to at least the mid-1400's. The name, Kanei‘olouma (Kane-i- ‘olo-uma), can be understood to be ‘Kane', the God of fresh water and ‘awa (kava) inside an ‘awa serving bowl. ‘Olo (or kanoa) is a serving bowl for ‘awa, a traditional ceremonial drink. Uma is concave like the floor of the arena of Kanei‘olouma heiau.
The four principle Gods in Hawaiian tradition are Kane (God of creation and freshwater), Kanaloa (God of the ocean and the underworld), Lono (God of agriculture and fertility), and Ka (God of the forests and war). These Gods can be represented as wooden or stone figures or in other ways. The Gods Kane, Kanaloa, and Lono all were honored at the Kanei‘olouma Heiau, while the nearest Heiau for the God Ka was located in Koloa town. At times we have compared these four to Siva, Shakti, Ganesha and Muruga.
The monks were given a short tour by Kaeo, one of the primary members of the restoration project. He was quite knowledgeable about the site and had many interesting details to share. We discussed some of the similarities of Hindu and Hawaiian beliefs. One interesting item he shared was that the Hawaiian's believed we have three ways the soul can leave the body at death. Either through the top of the head, through the center between the eyes, or through the feet which is not ideal. He said even today, if someone is having a heart attack for instance, you might see older Hawaiians rush and grab their toes so that their soul doesn't exit there.
This project will be an important cultural center and resource for years to come. If you want to learn more or donate to the cause, see their website:
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