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Guru Purnima 2020

This morning the monks performed a Guru Purnima padapuja for Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami. For those who missed it, here is the full video. Aum Namah Sivaya.

Guru Purnima Live Stream

Jai Nandinatha Sampradaya!
Jai Kailasa Parampara!
Jai Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami!

Join our monks tomorrow morning (July 3rd) from 6:00am to 7:00am, Kauai time, for a live-streamed padapuja to Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami. Just go to our Youtube channel and, once live, you’ll see a live-stream video as the most recent video available.

An Upgrade to the Aadheenam’s Water Source

The State is upgrading a section of the ditch which flows from Wailua Reservoir (a short distance from the monastery) and winds its way through the entire monastery grounds. It is a source of water for our cows, gardens, the Rishi Valley ponds and more. It was shut off about two weeks ago to do this work. The engineers decided that the open ditch on the outside slope of the dam was weakening the overall structure by soaking the ground. They decided to upgrade that section of the ditch to a 200 foot section of concrete pipe, connecting to the culvert under Kuamoo Road. The water then opens to the ditch on the University of Hawaii's Agricultural Station adjacent to the monastery and then flows into our streams.

Growing Papayas

Jai Ganesha!

In our steady march along the path of self-sufficiency and natural abundance, one oft overlooked but prolific plant is the humble papaya tree. These wonderful fruit trees give plenty of fruits in our climate, but they don't have very long lifespans, living at most four or five years. This requires an ever-repeating propagation of them. Recently the monks of the Siddhidatta Kulam have been placing the seedlings in larger pots, out in the direct sunlight next to the monastery kitchen. This round of little trees is doing quite well and are immensely enjoying our recent dry and sunny weather. As it turns out Papayas are quite a healthful fruit, being high in vitamins, antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, digestive enzymes and more, all the while being very low in sugars.

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June 2020 Chitra Puja

This morning our monks began their week with a padapuja to Gurudeva during the chitra nakshatra. Nakshatras are the 27 lunar mansions in Vedic astrology or divisions along the ecliptic. We celebrate and connect inwardly with Gurudeva during this time because it was during the chitra nakshatra in November of 2001 that he attained his mahasamadhi. Today's puja was performed by yogis Dayanatha and Haranandinatha, with the monks attending to chant Sri Rudram, invoke Gurudeva's presence and to dive within. Aum Namah Sivaya. Jai Gurudeva!

Iraivan Temple Update – June 26th

Aum Namah Sivaya, Today we bring you a quick update of the progress on Iraivan Temple's lavarock wall and the front stairway, along with a photographic tour along the path of the satgurus. Both of these areas of temple construction are progressing quickly. The lavarock on the east side is almost at full height and the front stairway only has one more step to go! Aum.

Engal Gurunathan French Translation

Aum Namah Sivaya Our thanks to Rajen Manick of Mauritius for providing us this new translation of Yogaswami's Natchintanai, "Engal Gurunathan" in the french language. You can now download the PDF for yourself on our website here. Listen to the original song in Tamil:


என்னையெனக் கறிவித்தான் என்னையெனக் கறிவித்தா னெங்கள்குரு நாதன் இணையடியென் தலைவைத்தா னெங்கள்குரு நாதன் அன்னைபிதாக் குருவானா னெங்கள்குரு நாதன் அவனியெல்லா மாளவைத்தா னெங்கள்குரு நாதன் முன்னைவினை நீக்கிவிட்டா னெங்கள்குரு நாதன் மூவருக்கு மறியவொண்ணா னெங்கள்குரு நாதன் நன்மைதீமை யறியாதா னெங்கள்குரு நாதன் நான்தானாய் விளங்குகின்றா னெங்கள்குரு நாதன்


He Made Me to Know Myself about me - to me - he introduced (1) - our - gurunathan both feet on my - head - he placed - our - gurunathan mother - father - guru, he became - our - gurunathan world - entire - rule - made (me) - our - gurunathan previous - action/reaction - remove - he did - our - gurunathan by all three (2) - to know - he who is, not possible - our - gurunathan good - bad - he who does not discriminate - our - gurunathan as Self - He shines - our - gurunathan


Il m’a mystiquement annoncé sa présence, notre Gurunathan Il a posé ses deux pieds sur ma tête, notre Gurunathan Il est devenu ma mère, mon père et mon guru, notre Gurunathan Il m’a fait régner sur le monde entier, notre Gurunathan Il a anéanti les actions et les réactions de mon passé, notre Gurunathan Il n’est pas possible de le connaître à travers la Trinité hindoue, notre Gurunathan Il est celui qui ne fait pas de distinction entre le bien et le mal, notre Gurunathan Il brille comme le Soi, notre Gurunathan

Renovations Continue

Recently, with the aid of master-craftsman Jeff, the monks of the Pillaiyar Kulam have been engineering small improvements to their office building. The main building interior was renovated last year, and now we are working on an addition to the front of the building. This space will house MiniMela items along with all the many shipping and printing supplies.

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