Hindu History Book Gifted to Texas Library

The Valley Ranch School in Coppell, Texas, along with Denton Creek Elementary and CMS West, has just received our Hindu History publication thanks to Pankaj Jain. Pankaj is a professor in the department of philosophy and religion at the University of North Texas and dreams of having the Hindu History book in “as many high schools as possible.” Pictured here are the school libraries, teachers and administrators with the gifted books.
Several other schools have also received the book as gifts from Pankaj. He writes, “Happy to share that on the occasion of the Diwali week right now, we have gifted your books to many schools here, and are doing more.”
Dr. Pankaj Jain पंकज जैन
Associate Professor
Dept of Philosophy and Religion
Co-chair, India Initiative Group
University of North Texas
Co-founder, American Academy of Indic Studies
Section Editor for Hinduism, Encyclopedia of Indian Religions
Executive Editor, American Journal of Indic Studies
Twitter: @ProfPankajJain

A Month of Muruga

The daily abhishekam of Lord Murugan, our Lord Kartikeya, has been a joy for one of our senior swamis Muruganathaswami; a daily vigil he has done for years. Without fail our vigil system in Kadavul temple goes on from light to dark and dark to light over and over again. The 6am Murugan abhishekam happens daily and there is never a day when He is not cared for, worshiped and revered. For this seva He has beamed shakti back to us, and on auspicious festivals in His name we can feel His intoxicating darshan overcome us. This uniquely Hindu experience is a reminder to us all that the Gods are in the inner worlds, they are real and they are waiting for us to open up and hear them roar.

"Lord Kartikeya, Murugan, first guru and Pleiadean master of kundalini yoga, was born of God Siva's mind. His dynamic power awakens spiritual cognition to propel souls onward in their evolution to Siva's feet.

"Lord Kartikeya flies through the mind's vast substance from planet to planet. He could well be called the Emancipator, ever available to the call of those in distress. Lord Kartikeya, God of will, direct cognition and the purest, child-like divine love, propels us onward on the righteous way through religion, Hid FAther's law. Majestically seated on the manipura charka, this scarlet-hued God blesses mankind and strengthens our will when we lift to the inner sky through sadhana and yoga. The yoga pada begins with the worship of Him. The yogi, locked in meditation, venerates Karikeya, Skanda, as his mind becomes as calm as Saravana, the lake of Divine Essence. The kundalini force within everyone is held and controlled by this powerful God, first among renunciates, dear to all sannyasins. Revered as Murugan in the South, He is commander in chief of the great devonic army, a fine, dynamic soldier of the within, a fearless defender of righteousness. He is Divinity emulated in form.

"The Vedas say, "To such a one who has his stains wiped away, the venerable Sanatkumara shows the further shore of darkness. Him they call Skanda."

"Lord Shanmugam, the six-faced, twelve-armed son of Siva, wields many weapons, as He battles the forces of darkness to end wars, large and small. He rides the noble peacock, Mayil, which represents effulgent beauty and religion in its fullest glory."
Quoted excerpt is from Dancing with Siva, our catechism for the Saiva Hindu tradition.

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