Bodhinatha in Guyana and St. Lucia

Bodhinatha sends us some news briefs for last two days of his travels:

August 24th, Tuesday

Om Sivaya, everyone,

Jai Ganapati.

We spent our day in the country of Guyana here in South America. Lots of driving in the morning to and from Tain Berbicie, two hours each direction. I gave a Keynote presentation to about 200 students at a youth camp, plus a number of adults. Questions and answers afterwards came mainly from the adults present.

The evening’s first event was a TV interview, followed by dinner and a presentation to 100 plus in a room at the convention center. Many in attendance were executive members of the Guyana Hindu Dharma Sabha.

August 25, Wednesday

We left Guyana and flew to St. Lucia. We were lovingly hosted by the Fremont and Toshadevi Nataraja family, complete with satsang at their home in the evening. Lots of individuals from a local satsang group and their friends came and expressed appreciation for the event afterwards.

Here is some really wonderful news. The prestigious Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha affirmed that they will order 500 copies each quarter of Hinduism Today as a start — an excellent breakthrough.


Lotus from Big Island

Hitesvara Saravan gets up early every morning and transcribes Bodhinatha’s and Gurudeva talks. Thanks to him we are able to bring you Bodhinatha’s talks and transcripts together. He lives on the Big Island and on the lava flow gravel land of his small estate he does magical things with plants. Here a photo of a lotus from his garden.

Trinidad Events Report

Bodhinatha talks with Aruna on Radio 90.5fm on Thursday Aug. 19. The interview ran from 2-3pm. The conversation was so interesting that the host could not stop, and the 10-minute interview lasted an hour.

Bodhinatha appears on CNC 3 Television Thursday morning, August 19. This was a live show.

After the radio interview, Bodhinatha met with the Minister of Local Government, Mr. Chandresh Sharma at the Chancellor Hotel in Port of Spain where they spent the day resting between interviews.

Jai and Chandra Seecharan at the Hinduism Today display at the Edinberg Hindu Temple on the last night of lectures. Together with them is Merl, one of Hinduism Today’s loyal helpers in Trinidad

On Friday morning, August 20, Bodhinatha and Shanmuganathaswami paid a visit to the Chinmayananda Ashram. There they met with Swami Prakashananda and the president of the Ashram, Mr. Beharry.
In photo from left to right, Bodhinatha, Swami Prakashananda, Shanmuganatha and Mr. Beharry.

Saturday August 21, Pundit Lutchmee Persad greets Bodhinatha with the traditional exchange of Kalash.
In picture, Pundit Lutchmee Persad(left), Bodhinatha and Shanmuganathaswami, and IETV camera man captures the event as devotees look on.

Pundit Narendra Ragoonanan (seated), performs guru pujan, as Devendra Maharaj assist. In the background, Kashika(in pink), Anil Maharaj(right of Kashi) and Mrs. Ashmini Motilal recite the Guru Paduka Stotra

Ashwinee looks on at the guru pujan to the back drop of the welcome banner for Bodhinatha. She did a great deal to make Bodhinatha’s visit a great success.

Bodhinatha presents Dancing With Siva to Mrs. Sunita Pahuja, representing the Indian High Commissioner. This was her first official function since taking up her post in Trinidad two months ago.

Bodhinatha, Pundit Narendra, Shanmuganathaswami and Pundit Lutchmee Persad after Saturday’s Rudra Abhishek at the Hari Mandir.

Bodhinatha in Guyana – Parika Mandir

Bodhinatha addresses devotees at the Parika Mandir in West Coast Demerara, Guyana.

Pandit Reepu Daman Persaud also addresses the devotees.

The monks are fed with sumptuous prasad.

Bodhinatha in Guyana- Berbice Youth Camp

Bodhinatha also went to a Hindu Youth Camp in Guyana held at Berbice.

The youth were performing Raksha Bandan…the young ladies tie a rahki thread around the wrist of their brothers.

Wiki pedia says:

“The festival is marked by the tying of a rakhi, or holy thread, by the sister on the wrist of her brother. The brother in return offers a gift to his sister and vows to look after her as she presents sweets to her brother. The brother and sister traditionally feed one another sweets.

“It is not necessary that the rakhi be given only to a blood brother; any male can be “adopted” as a brother by tying a rakhi on the person, irrespective of whether he is a cousin or a good friend. Indian history is replete with women asking for protection, through rakhi, from men who were not their brothers, nor Hindus themselves.”

Bodhinatha give a rousing talk to the youth.

Bodhinatha receives his rakhi.

Bodhinatha Meets with Guyana Hindu Dharma Sabha

Bodhinatha and Shanmuganathaswami with Dharma Kendra directors of the Guyana Hindu Dharma Sabha, a national body representing the Hindu community in Guyana. They have gathered to hear Bodhinatha speak to them.

Here, Jai Seecharran urges them to subscribe to Hinduism Today. It worked. They will be doing just that.

Visitors from Bellingham, WA

Almitra Zion top row center of photo assisted Gurudeva by traveling to AK in 1987 to locate and help negotiate the purchase of the Sphatika Lingam which will be the central icon of Iraivan Temple. Almitra has written the account of this experience and has recently made the book, Crystal Journey, available as and e-book. You can download it at her website: She is donating $4 of each book ordered to help build Iraivan Temple, "Where the world comes to pray…" pictured with Almitra are her son Sequoya on the top row left and friends that joined her for a tour today.

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