Bodhinatha answers questions posed by some of our tour day guests today.
Announcing YouTube Channels
The monastery is proud to announce its presence on YouTube, with channels for Kauai’s Hindu Monastery, Hinduism Today and Hindu Heritage Endowment. Many of you have already noticed the Kauai’s Hindu Monastery YouTube channel, which has been online for a while and now has 50 videos available. Today we are launching the Hinduism Today channel. There you can watch an inspiring, three-part, 24-minute documentary of the Thai Pusam celebration at Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, January 2007, attended by more than a million devotees. This professional documentary about the meaning and significance of the festival itself, with a focus on the grand way in which it is observed in Malaysia each year, comes just weeks before the next Thai Pusam festival for Lord Murugan, particularly sacred to Tamil Saivites around the world. Interviews with Divine Life Society of Malaysia president Swami Guhabhaktananda, government minister Datuk Seri Samy Vellu, Malaysia Hindu Sangam president Datuk Vaithilingam, Adisaiva priest Sri Muthukumara Sivachariar, noted Muruga bhaktar Dr. Carl Vadivella Belle and others complete this special feature of the free Hinduism Today Digital Edition. Visit Hinduism Today’s YouTube channel here to see this and other videos, including presentations about the California textbook controversy, religion and the media, proselytization and religious freedom, and a video by the Dharma Raksha Samiti documenting the unethical conversion of Hindus to Christianity in South India.
More Iraivan Roof Beams Find Their Home
More roof beams went up today at Iraivan Temple
The Siddhidata team is taking photos and will be doing a Roof Beam Documentary in the days ahead.
The Siddhidata Kulam provide the logistics for the lift, while the silpis focus on precise placement.
Tour day brought many souls to marvel at Iraivan and San Marga.
This orchid smells like chocolate!
Bodhinatha signs books and talks with guests who pose many interesting questions.
Saiva Siddhanta Church Sri Lanka Mission
Gurudeva’s Jayanthi in Sri Lanka
The Sri Subramuniya Kottam in Sri Lanka will be celebrating Gurudeva’s Jayanthi on January 5th. The children are busy with preparations for the Padapuja for Gurudeva’s Thiruvadi.
After the Padapuja this year a chartered bus will pickup the children and take them to the Sivapoomi elderly home where they will continue celebrations with the seniors in the home. There will also be a mass feeding (anna dana) in Sivapoomi where lunch will be served.
Here are pictures from last year’s Gurudeva Jayanthi celebrations at the Sri Subramuniya Kottam.
In Patanjali's comments on the niyamas he speaks on religious action, kriya, bringing about samadhi and attenuating the kleshas. We think we have to be detached from that which we are attracted to but we also need to overcome aversion. It's easier to be finite, to have a past and a future than to be infinite, without past and future, so, we're clinging to life. The kleshas are the root source of karma. Quiet mental activity produced by the kleshas through meditation and achieve santosha, peace of mind. "Men of discrimination see sorrow in all experience."