New Phase Begins With An Auspicious Homa

We started Sun One with a homa and an inspiring upadesha from Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami.

Little Shama Sendan had her head shaved and received her Chudakarana Samskara this morning. Bodhinatha blessed her with sandalwood paste on her head.

She was very quiet and seemed blissful to be so blessed.

Bodhinatha gave an excellent bhashya, or explanation, on Gurudeva’s teachings about how the intellect is a tool for the soul.

(This beautiful photo is available in high resolution below.)

Stay tuned for the audio and transcription in the days ahead.

(This beautiful photo is available in high resolution below.)

Special Photos of Bodhinatha

Two extra-special photos of Bodhinatha were taken with our new Nikon D90 camera this morning after the homa. We are making these available to our TAKA viewers in high resolution for those of you who may wish to use them as screensavers, wallpaper, etc. Click the links below to view the photos. Mac users may right-click or option-click to download them. Windows users may right-click to download them. Enjoy.
Bodhinatha close-up profile
Bodhinatha reading from the trilogy

Carlsbad Padapuja Video

On November 10, Bodhinatha graced a satsang of our Saiva Siddhanta Church members, Himalayan Academy students and others at the home of Ravi and Sheela Rahavendran in Carlsbad, California. Shailesh Trivedi of San Diego shot and edited this brief video of the padapuja, performed by Ravi Rahavendran and assisted by Dasan Mahadevan.

Recent Tour Day

Last phase tour day photos from Isani Alahan. This photo features rudraksha ear-rings made by our mission members. Isani Alahan and Brahmacharini Lila Shaktidevi were the tour guides. Isani writes:

“A local young lady on the tour models her rudraksha earrings for the camera.”

The group takes a few minutes to explore the grounds and watch the stone lift
with the crane.

Guests signing the email list and receiving their chips of granite which are gathered and offered as a gift from the stone carvers.

A group photo of our respectful and divine souls that were guests on the tour today. There were about 45 visitors that walked the grounds and learned something about Hinduism.

After explaining that Hindus do not believe in intrinsic evil, on guests remarked that Hindus are very forgiving. Some have been here a few times over the years and love to return to view the progress of the temple.

They enjoy the peace and serenity the grounds provide and marvel at the amazing work in progress on Iraivan Temple.

A young couple Ashish and Leena Lohiya originally from Rajasthan. They now reside in San Diego, CA.

He’s an engineer and she is studying for her degree in accounting. They heard about the temple from friends.

Mauritius Satsang

Mauritius members send a photo of their recent satsang at the Kownden family home.

Early November Archives Are Back

Aum Namah Sivaya, everyone.
We’re happy to inform you that we have recovered the archived posts and their images from November 3, 7, 8 and 9. For those who were hoping to see our Skanda Shashthi festival, our three new sadhakas’ taking their vows, Bodhinatha’s initiation of our three new sadhakas, the ceremonial beginning of the Iraivan Temple rajagopuram construction and Bodhinatha’s visit to Lancaster, California, now you can! Visit the links here or in our archives at right.

Archives are now available through 2001. Light colored days have no posts. 1998-2001 coming later.

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