Braj and Yamuna Kachru, accompanied by Larry, the President of Friends of East-West Center in Honolulu, have darshan with Bodhinatha. Braj and Yamuna are visiting scholars at the East West Center, former professors at the University of Illinois at Urbana, and members of a community in Urbana planning to build a temple dedicated to wisdom and culture in the forms of Lord Ganesha and Goddess Saraswati. Bodhinatha will be visiting the community in May on his way to Toronto.
Hinduism Today April Digital Edition Released
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Inspired by the recent publication Twelve Shum Meditations, Kulapati Easan Katir, himself a Shum student for 36 years, is conducting 12 classes in California.
The little publication is the first time ever that Shum has gone out to the whole world. Don’t miss it, get your copy at www.minimela.com
Innersearch Asian Odyssey 2008 Retrospective
2008 Asian Odyssey: We continue from yesterday’s coverage of January 20th’s excursion to a remote island. After our picnic lunch we all decide to clean up the beach.
We divide into 2 groups. One heads to the left and the other to the right of our picnic spot picking up any trash scattered or washed up on the beach. Nadanachandran from Australia has filled his bag very quickly.
Saravananathaswami cleaning the far side of the planet.
Vighnarajah from Queensland, Australia.
Palaniswami and Puvaneswary Roberts team up to move a large bag to our trash gathering spot.
Young Mayuresh Rahavendran is into this environmental clean up session as well.
Sri Mallampalli from Florida.
We all feel good having cleaned a decent portion of the beach. And we load the trash onto a boat to take it back to our hotel and dispose of it properly. The tide is going out quickly and the boats start to drift further out into the water and we must start to leave in a hurry.
The first boat is filled with people and pushes off for the ride back to the hotel.
Back to our hotel!
Our hotel has lots of beautiful Langur monkeys and it is lovely to see them play outside our rooms.
Sunset in Langkawi.
We head off to dinner at a nearby restaurant which requires us to walk along the beach to get there.
Puvaneswary (Netherlands), Saraswathi (USA), Rathy (Australia) and Suselah (Singapore) all enjoy getting to know one another. We truly have an international group of spiritual travellers.
January 21st: It’s a quiet day filled with hours of classes. Bodhinatha guides the group in Gurudeva’s Shum meditation.
Mohan who works at Berjaya Hotel has been a tremendous help to the group and Bodhinatha personally thanks him for all his efforts over the days we are there.
And presents him with a shawl.
Dinner is at a lovely Indian restaurant. Langkawi is warm and dry and we enjoy having our meals outdoors.
It’s our last night in Langkawi so take the opportunity to thank Rhonda and Trevor McPhee for their amazing organisation and selfless help. They do not do this for a living. We happen to come across them on the internet and they offered to help us plan our visit.
When we asked them how we can pay them for their help, they replied “we just want you to have a wonderful time on our island.” So, from all 95 of us Innersearchers, we sincerely thank you for everything that you did for us. We know you’ll be seeing this report on TAKA.
Shankar Mallampalli and his ever lively daughter, Sivani.
Friends who are fine, positive and good Hindus will help you most of all. It's important for parents of teenagers to know their teenager's friends. Our strength comes from mixing and interacting with others who are practicing sadhana. "The group helps the individual and the individual helps the group."
Pray to Lord Ganesha before beginning work. Turn everything you do into selfless service, seva, karma yoga. Work becomes worship. Hold the perspective of Sivanadiyar that you are the devoted servant of God Siva. "Do everything you do as Sivathondu. Give up this 'I' and mine."
"As you approach God's home, you can feel the spiritual energy, and as you go inside you are engulfed in peace." Trust in and open up to the deity. God is a very subtle presence. The temple and the murti within it are set up so that anyone can feel God's presence once they have enough devotion. Go to the temple and through the sanctified murti see God. Kumbabishekam purifies the temple, infuses divine energy into the murti. The deity, during puja, resides in the murti. Continuous daily worship perpetuates and over the years strengthens the power of the temple.
Be close to God by going to the temple. By shifting our minds to our religion the flow of positive karma is intensified. Being open and receptive receive the blessings of the deity. Bask in the divine energy radiating out from the murti. Creating a strong tie to the temple, perform a sacred act when you return home. Light a lamp in your home shrine; bring the vibration and summon the devas from the temple.