Bodhinatha Arrives home tonite at 8PM. Here he is with a Third generation American Hindu, Bhajana Param, at satsang at the home of Kulapati Deva Rajan in California.
Here are some of Bodhinatha’s note from his last few days travel over our three-day retreat.
Om Sivaya, everyone,
In Saint Louis, on Tuesday we had lunch with Dr. Naidu at his home and Shanmuganathaswami had a chance to share with him our material on “Components of a Successful Endowment Program” Evening was a talk at the temple, with some eight-one in attendance, a good size group for a week night. After, yes after, was a dinner at a home with discussion. Returned to hotel after 11 PM
Wednesday was a flight From Saint Louis to Houston via Denver. Evening was dinner at Vijay Pallod’s home with discussions
Thursday morning was a visit to the Meenakshi Temple in Pearland. Gurudeva attended their kumbhabhishekam in 1982. After arati at all their shrines, there are lots, we sat in the main temple and give a talk to some twenty of the devotees–for a Thursday morning a good sized group.
Thursday evening was a visit to Woodlands where a group of Hindus has started efforts to build a new temple. We visited their temple site which had a bhoomi puja recently. After we visited the home of one of the members and talked to a group of about twenty of the temple leaders. Lots of good questions about how to educate the second generation.
Friday was a day of travel Houston to Denver and then to San Francisco via Portland
Saturday was the morning estate planning seminar conducted by Phil Murphy He gave an excellent presentation
Sunday morning was our satsang at Deva and Gayatri Rajan’s home in Canyon. Pada puja, my talk, singing and dancing by five of the members/devotees. A good size group with many guests in attendance. This was our last event. Heading home tomorrow.
Fourteen-year-old Bhajana Param has a chat and asks Bodhinatha some questions. Bhajan’s parents and grand parents are Hindus and have been devotees with the Kailasa Parampara for 30 years.
Today was a tour day at the Aadheenam, and these smiles are what generally happens after a walk on our grounds.
One of them said, “The island is already a peaceful oasis, then Wailua homesteads (where the monastery is located) is even more serene, and then this… it’s the jewel.”
The monks are always helping to help dispel misconceptions about Hinduism for all those who come and visit. Most people find the truths of Sanatana Dharma resonates with what they feel in their hearts.
Merging with Siva Release in Cyrillic!
Congratulations to Chandra Shekharan, translator and the Ukrainian publisher NIKA in Kiev, Ukraine for completing and publishing Merging with Siva in Cyrillic
Chandra Shekharan has been a long time student and sishya and met Gurudeva in the port of St. Petersburg on the 2001 European Innersearch, where he received his name and was accepted into into the Saivite Hindu faith, by Gurudeva himself.
Our Spiritual Park and Monastery on the Island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean
A warm and sunny weather at the Spiritual Park of Mauritius for the Ganesha Homa held on the first Sunday of August. All devotees coming brought fresh flowers to be offered to Lord Pancha Mukha Ganapati.
Devotees inside the Ganesha Mandapam….
A view f the Mandapam front from the inside of the tarpaulin tent….
Meanwhile some devotees are worshopping at the Siva Lingum.
Pouring water on the Sivalingum is a traditional worship to Supreme God Siva…
The archanas are being done at the small Ganesha Shrine.
The sacred fire where is being burnt hundreds of prayers from devotees each month.
Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami overseers all the ceremony…
The Ganesha Homa …..
Offerings to be sent to the inner worlds through the homa after all prayers are being sent to the sacred fire.
Kulapati Manon giving a talk from Gurudeva’s “Dancing With Siva”
The newly purchased tent for the Himalayan Academy salesbooth.
Himalayan Academy publications on sale…
The gravel path leading to the Ganesha Bridge…
Ladies serving sweets to devotees at the entrance after the Homa is over.
Kulapatis Amba and Kulagan counting cash received in the Hundi for this Sunday’s Homa.