Sun Six End of Phase

It’s the end of another wonderful phase at Kauai Aadheenam. Here is Bodhinatha giving mantra diksha to Kartikeya Katir in India some years ago.

Today is the last day of our phase.
This edition of TAKA will remain posted
over our coming two-day retreat,
until Dasami Tithi, Sun One, Wednesday, August 4th.

Ganeshas for Ganesha Chaturthi

People raise funds for the Iraivan Temple construction in many ways.

Kartikeya Katir of San Jose, California and Eesan Sankara of Brentwood are making Ganeshas out of clay for Ganesha Chuturthi (coming up on September 11). Here’s Karti pouring clay into the molds.

They are selling them for five, ten or fifteen dollars (depending on the size) and then donating the money to Iraivan Temple.

The Ganesh can be painted, worshipped and then immersed at a local Ganapati Visarjana ceremony. It’s a perfect religious activity for kids.

Would you like to receive a Ganesha this year for yourself or for others? Call Mrs. Sundari Katir at 408-988-7503 or e-mail sundarikatir at

The clay Ganesha can be shipped to you if you live in the US. Deadline for orders is August 25th. Orders for 100 small Ganeshas for two temples in California have already been received! Please act now if you wish to receive one.

Wailua Mission Iraivan Morning

The Wailua Mission had a very productive “Iraivan Morning” today at the Sendans’ home. Here is Jayendra Mardeemootoo, visiting from Mauritius, helping his grandfather, Deva Seyon.

Here is Toshadeva Guhan. He and his wife Kamala have moved from California to Kauai. Our small band of devotees on Kauai has grown by two.

Inside, the ladies are busy making malas, necklaces, keychains, and bracelets for the Mini Mela.

We are also fulfilling a 100 rudraksha mala order for where the malas can be purchased online.

Guru Purnima 2010, Mauritius, Part II

We bring you the second part photos taken during Guru Purnima celebration in Mauritius. The ceremony was attended by sishyas consisting mainly of our members and MC students.

Sivayogaswami’s lofty Natchintanai songs filled the whole Mandapam with a spiritual vibration which reminds everyone of the greatness of a Satguru…

The abishregam part of the pada puja being over, everyone gets prepared to chant the 108 names of Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami.

It is always a joy to attend the Guru puja.

Master Course Level 2 student, Ramsamy Pillay Samoo on the right has been selflessly helping as a building engineer in the many infra-structural projects at the Park. He is also looking forward to be trained as a SHR catalyst.

Brahmachari Vel Mahalingum, our officiating priest for this event performs the final arati while devotees chanted the Guru Mantra.

Kulapati Manon Mardemootoo read and explained Bodhinatha’s message sent on that occasion for members and students:

Om Sivaya to all our members and students gathered today. In reflecting upon Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami s teachings, certainly a message that he stressed in Mauritius was  positive discipline or as we titled it in our Hinduism Today article a few years ago  parenting with love.
The essence of this approach to parenting is what I call  calm, intelligently conceived communication. The opposite is  emotional, ill-conceived communication.
It is not possible to intelligently conceive our communications if we are upset; it is also not effective to communicate with our children when they are upset, as their ability to understand and remember what we are saying is lessened while they are upset. We need to wait until all involved have calmed down.
Following this simple guideline helps minimize unpleasant disagreements between family members.
Many blessings for an enjoyable Satguru Purnima.
Om Namasivaya,

One item during the ceremony was the award of certificates to our newly trained catalysts who are teaching the Saivite Hindu Religion to youth.

Here is Roshan Nathoo receiving his certificates from Kulapati and Kulamata Koothan.

Sri Venkateshwara Temple Summer Camp

Kulapati Eesan Katir writes from Pennsylvania.

On the final day of the camp, parents arrive to pick up their children. The youth show what they’ve learned during the week.

They performed all 24 asanas of Gurudeva’s hatha yoga finally coming to full lotus pose, Padmasana.

….. and Bhangra !

ePub, the e-book format suppor…

ePub, the e-book format supported by Apple’s iBooks app for iPad and iPhone, as well as many other e-book readers, is our main new push.

Our Ganapati Kulam is having i…

Our Ganapati Kulam is having its quarterly planning meeting today. Discussions include upcoming publication, web and media projects.

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