Today the Aadheenam's new cows arrived from the mainland. They are two, purebred jersey's, and one is said to be pregnant. We already have one jersey in our small herd, but the other three cows are holsteins. For those unaware, Holstein's are huge and can be rather aggressive, whereas jerseys are small, very gentle and have the richest milk. These two got off the boat today, and they're clearly happy to be here and ready for many relaxed days of munching down on our Kauai grasses.
We are now putting together another great Aloha Luncheon for you. Come meet Bodhinatha, two of his swamis and about 100 supporters and friends of our monastery--among the most inspired and inspiring people on the planet.
Please consider joining us, even if you are far from California. Every year, some do travel great distances to attend and find it was well worth the effort.
Attendance is via RSVP (click here) only and space is limited, so please RSVP by May 1, 2014. For more info, please contact us at email firstname.lastname@example.org or 808-634-5407.
On the following day, in the same hotel, there will be another event, which you are also warmly invited to attend: a whole-day seminar led by Bodhinatha, again free of charge. Attend both events and be greatly uplifted. Again do contact us if you have any questions.
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In the first photo are Gurudatta and Saipriya Shamain from Arizona. They're connected with the Mahaganapati Temple there.
Today the monastery began its new phase with an early morning homa. This phase is a short one, of only four days, and it's followed by Sadhu Paksha. Sadhu Paksha is a time when the monks take a several week retreat, without the normal morning temple routine and instead practice their personal sadhanas. The two weeks are followed by the Ratau change. Today there were some new guests at the homa, all on pilgrimage to the aadheenam.
Following the homa, Satguru Bodhinatha read from Living with Siva lesson 344:
"I believe that this oldest religion of the farthest past is also the religion of the future, the religion best suited to the technological age. I think we should present Hinduism as it is today, as a vibrant religion of the present. Then it will survive into glorious futures. We need inspired people to serve Saivism with a strong will and a positive mind. In this effort, all differences must be set aside so we can work together on powerful programs that will bring progress; and that progress will inspire others, make them enthusiastic, show them that Saivism can be brought into the technological age for the good of the next generation, the next and the next.
What happens when a religion is lost in yesterday and not brought forward to guide its followers today and on into the future? All kinds of problems arise. The youth begin to think religion is obsolete, abandon it and become immersed in worldliness, often in activities that are adharmic. They leave the Saivite path, the Saiva Neri. Families break up, friends argue, and people fight within themselves and with one another. Poor citizens are raised in the absence of ethics. Unrest and discontentment reign, and the entire nation suffers. So many problems arise when religion is lost, when people don't know the right things to do. They become unhappy, restless, unstable. They have nothing to lean on, no place to turn in difficult times. This leads to abuse, to divorce, to suicide, to disease, to murder and dozens of sad experiences and hellish states of mind."
Then, in a very positive and inspiring way, Bodhinatha elaborated on the power of the temple and the ways in which Saivism is relevant to our current age of technology. We'll have this inspired talk online soon, available on our "Guru's Talks" page.
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