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Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami’s Latest Talks

Bodhinatha

Today we share Satguru’s recent talks on Awareness and Omnipresence, a recounting of Gurudeva’s upadeshas on the esoterics of previously unpublished works on Shum and of his writings on the Seven Dimensions of the Mind. Some of the works of Gurudeva during the 1970s are brought through from a rishi in the inner planes.

These are available through the SivaSivaApp on your phone. Go to the “Listen” module and select the collection “Bodhinatha’s Recent Talks” for available links.

A View from the Sky

Aum Namah Sivaya

Recently we took some new aerial photos from our little drone. It was a chance to discover our aadheenam grounds, temples, building and gardens from a new perspective. Our hilly landscape and fascinating species of plants make for quite a picture. It's important to get an overview once in a while to keep the little things in proper perspective. They're just smalls strokes in a grand painting of life. Aum.

The Wailua River Floods its Banks

Recently the island of Kauai received a bout of heavy rains which fell for several days upon Mount Waialeale. This in turn caused the sacred Wailua River to flood its banks in a spectacular display of natural energy. Large branches and whole trees were whisked downriver. Here, we flew our small Quad Copter out over the waterfall to get a closer look. Aum.

Yogaswami Attends Ardra

Aum Namah Sivaya

Today was the Ardra Nakshatra, a time when our monks perform their monthly abhishekam to Lord Nataraja in Kadavul Temple. After several weeks of perfecting the gold leaf on Yogaswami's statue it was finally complete and this was the day he wanted to move. Yogaswami was brought up to Kadavul Temple and placed before Nataraja for the duration of the puja. Afterwards he was brought through the temple to the Guru Pitam where his small shrine resides and the statue was reinstalled. Aum.

You think that you are the doer and fall into the trap of bondage. But everything was accomplished long ago. Yogaswami

Tirukural – Chapter 24

Chapter 24: Glory



Verse 234
By their good deeds, feeding and clothing the indigent, this couple has earned the abundant blessings of the celestials. So valued is this simple and selfless act, that the devas ignore the sages and yogis below.

TAKA Presents the Tirukural

You can access the entire text, in Tamil and English here:
Weaver's Wisdom


Verse 231

Give to the poor and become praiseworthy.
Life offers no greater reward than this.

Verse 232

Those who expound will always praise
people who bestow alms on the imploring poor.

Verse 233

Nothing on Earth is imperishable,
except exalted glory, which endures forever.

Verse 234

So great is glory gained by men in this world
that celestials cease praising ascended sages.

Verse 235

Loss that is gain and death that is life of
immortal glory are attained only by the wise.

Verse 236

If you must be born, be born for glory.
Those born without it would be better off without birth.

Verse 237

Why do those whose life is devoid of renown blame enemies
who hate them, when they have themselves to blame?

Verse 238

Barren are they and deemed a disgrace by all men on Earth
who fail to beget the offspring called fame.

Verse 239

Even flawlessly fruitful lands will lessen their yields
when forced to support the body of one who lacks illustriousness.

Verse 240

Those who live without reproach truly live.
Those who live without renown don't live at all.

Tropical Showers to End the Phase

Aum Namah Sivaya

Beginning yesterday evening, Kauai received heavy cloud cover. This released countless gallons of rainwater along with booming thunder throughout the night. This morning our plants are very happy and our monks are very much carrying umbrellas. Today marks the end of our phase. Our monks are finishing up their work for the week before they head into three days of retreat. Aum.

"Nothing is lost, nothing is gained. How can we talk of gain or loss? The atma is one-it is all and everywhere. So how can there be loss and gain, coming and going, past and future?" Yogaswami

Ashram Sadhana Day

Jai Ganesha!

Every month our monks partake in a full morning of cleaning the monastery. This day is known as Ashram Sadhana day, and it gives each monk time to more thoroughly care for their assigned cleaning area, as well as to touch up areas that don't get much attention. Today the first project was doing some cleaning at Iraivan Temple, followed by office cleaning and then work on individually assigned cleaning areas. If you found yourself cleaning something today, you might just be inwardly aligned with our monks! We hope you're now enjoying more tidy personal surrounding as well. As Gurudeva would say, if you feel that the energy in your life isn't moving, one of the first things you should try is cleaning! Aum.

Mauritius February Ganesha Homa

Click below for more photos of the February homa at our Spiritual Park, which also constituted the annual student prayers which had been delayed. Visit: www.saivasiddhanta.org

Tirukural – Chapter 23

Chapter 23: Charity



Verse 226
A rich family is seen personally feeding the poor in their home, a temple and the marketplace. They have learned that to relieve the hunger of the less fortunate is the right use of their wealth. They receive the blessings of the inner plane deities.

TAKA Presents the Tirukural

You can access the entire text, in Tamil and English here:
Weaver's Wisdom


Verse 221

Giving to the poor is true charity.
All other giving expects some return.

Verse 222

Though some may declare it a good path, garnering gifts is bad.
Even if they say it denies one Heaven, giving gifts is good.

Verse 223

Men of good birth graciously give,
never uttering the wretched excuse, "I have nothing."

Verse 224

How unpleasant a beggar's pleading can become,
until one sees his face so sweetly pleased.

Verse 225

Great, indeed, is the power to endure hunger.
Greater still is the power to relieve others' hunger.

Verse 226

Relieving the ravaging hunger of the poor
is a right use for wealth men have obtained.

Verse 227

The fiery scourge called hunger never touches
the man who shares his daily meal with others.

Verse 228

Is it because they are unaware of the joys of giving
that hard-hearted men waste their wealth by hoarding it?

Verse 229

More bitter than even a beggar's bread is the meal
of the miser who hoards wealth and eats alone.

Verse 230

There is nothing more bitter than death;
yet even death seems sweet when giving is impossible.

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