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Bodhinatha Travels

Bodhinatha and Shanmuganathswami arrived home last night at 8 PM. Today Bodhinatha is working diligently on his presentations and teaching materials for the coming trips to Singapore. He leaves tomorrow evening for Singapore with Yoginathaswami to give some presentations in Singapore and also to return with 2 new silpis and Chidambaram Sthapati.

Meanwhile we step back in time to Satsang California. Here is Bodhinatha being greeted at the door of Kulamata’s Gayatri Rajan and Savitri Palani.

Pada puja at Kulapati Deva Rajan’s home.

TAKA’s Tenth Anniversary

As some of you noticed on the 16th, TAKA turned Ten…

TAKA received this lovely birthday card by email from a Malaysian TAKA fan (and major TAKA contributor as well)

Prostration and Vanakkam Swami,
All of us wished TAKA a joyous & wonderful birthday.
TAKA has been part of our lives and
continuously amazes with KAIZEN all the time.
TAKA in the morning, TAKA in the afternoon,
TAKA in the evening & TAKA at night!
Growing up with TAKA – our resources backup.
TAKA a day will make you be informed all the way!

Kaizen (From Wikipedia. click here for the full entry) “Kaizen” ( Japanese for “improvement”) is a Japanese philosophy that focuses on continuous improvement throughout all aspects of life. When applied to the workplace, Kaizen activities continually improve all functions of a business, from manufacturing to management and from the CEO to the assembly line workers.[1] By improving standardized activities and processes, Kaizen aims to eliminate waste (see Lean manufacturing). Kaizen was first implemented in several Japanese businesses during the country’s recovery after World War II, including Toyota, and has since spread to businesses throughout the world.[2]

Our Last Day with His Holiness Sri Sri Jayendra Puri Mahaswamiji

On the Chaturdasi day, August 15th, which was turn to the full moon by afternoon. We had a most auspicious day. At lunch Sri Sri Jayendrapuri noted that it was the Sravana Nakshatra, Gurudeva’s star; India independence day, the anniversary of the installation of the Maha Sphatika Lingam Crystal in Kadavul, the anniversary of Trichyswami’s visit to Kauai Aadheenam, and by a remarkable series of circumstances we were all blessed to have a joyous and divine satsang with our Indian brothers.

In the afternoon the priest from Kailas Ashram perform a powerful homa.

A powerful shakti entered the atmosphere as all our monks and visitors chanted Sri Rudram in perfect unison.

The confluence of saints and sadhus has alway been lauded as a great moment. If such a vibration can be invoked with so few of us, one wonders what an incredible event must be the Kumbha Mela….

Our priests had two kumbhas prepared, one for Siva and one for Shakti

Homa in progress.

We could all feel the Shakta power of Sri Rajarajeswari being invoked by these priests.

After the puja the final events before Swami’s departure. He garlands our Paramacharyas….

A gift of saffron for the deities…

Paduka of Bodhinatha and Trichyswami presiding at the homa.

Swami gave all the monks a crystal mala. Such a sharp minded soul, he even remembered to give one for Sadhaka Tejadevanatha who is out on his Sojourn in the World for Siddhidata Kulam training.

Paramacharya Palaniswami gives a shawl to Sivananda Puri Swami…

And we give him a set of fresh new Kavi robes.

Then we all go off to change the flag to bring in the Jivana Ritau…

Sridhar carries Trichyswami’s paduka’s during our parade.

Our camera battery entered Nirvilkalpa Samadhi shortly thereafter as we raised the coral pink flag of the Jivana Ritau.

Later that evening Swamiji and his entourage flew back to New Jersey. In an email that day, Sri
Sri Jayendra Puri Swamiji wrote:

“It is, in my opinion, the truth in its purest form, that the Kauai Aadheenam with its 456 acres of Sasya Shaalinee greenery and all other landscape with the coolest waters of Mother Wailua Ganga and Narmada and all the go-maathaas sincerely, diligently, untiringly and divinely attended with the most divine love by the celestially sculpted shishyas and parama shishyas of Gurudeva, the upcoming Iraivan Temple with the shilpis of the sacred bhumi of Tamil Nadu, is awesome and verily proves that it is Kailasa of the Himalayas, which has descended or sent a replica of itself through the divine hands of Gurudeva to the blessed bhumandala of Kauai.”

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