A Happy Jayanti to Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami!

Tomorrow the monks enter their two day retreat which will begin with the celebration of Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami’s 78th Jayanti! Tomorrow evening our monks will be making a special meal (and cake!) for Satguru to enjoy together. Jai Gurunathan! Aum Namah Sivaya.

The Satguru
Who is he? Where might he be?
We do not honor a person or touch a pair of feet.
The guru is not someone you can speak to,
nor he, can anybody meet.
When the body passes from motions into earth,
the guru remains to stoke the hearth.
For he is not bound to the human form,
he does not need to go here or there.
He is in you and through you. He pervades everywhere.

The guru is the feeling you can no longer feel,
for you have become him and the aadheenam,
having abandoned the seemingly real.
When you feel uncomfortable and slightly off balance,
that is his presence, his darshan, doing its work.
It pierces your comforts and filters your murk.
Up through the wheels it brings you, spinning one after ‘nother,
pushing you beyond the borders of light until there is no other.

Being in the circumference of the guru’s circle, brings you gifts beyond measure,
as you melt away and become a rare human treasure.
You’ll boil and cook in a tapasvin’s cage—bars built by your vows and sadhana,
they should only strengthen with age.
Satguru will do the fashioning of the molten gold you’ve become.
He’ll rearrange particle by particle until he and you are one.
With synapses in sync to the inner core,
this great spirit will enter the soul and shatter the final door.
A gateway forever open, a finale that never ends.
And to think you so much as cringe when your will, he bends.

To feel that your guru could ever leave you, could ever depart,
is a shameful misunderstanding, for he is in your heart.
The guru’s not an individual as he’d have you believe,
he’s the spirit within you, ever abiding and easy to retrieve.
If you find your mind arguing, you’ve lost your sight,
if you want to change him, you’ve lost your might.
If you think you are you, you’ve made a mistake,
if you remain disobedient, he’ll remind you what’s fake.

He’ll bloom the flowers inside your spine,
he’ll rupture the pressures time after time.
He’ll let you fail again and again,
he’ll let your ego grow big as you grasp within.
He’ll let you go through what you must,
for it’s not this you, but your soul, that he trusts.
The human life is an experience, it is simply that,
passing frames of pain and pleasure which you knowingly enact.
Again and again you spin your rounds,
again and again new karma abounds.
You walk and talk and eat and sleep,
you strategize and feud, and acquire your heap.
Trinkets and spaces to call your own,
believing in many things, and sometimes only what’s shown.

All this time spent in human delusion,
a necessary part of your grand evolution.
And that’s what brought you, here, to his feet.
He offers you a form and a person to greet.
But you know, as does he, who he and you really are,
just twinkles in space and time, alluding to a distant star.
A star that dances through what is and is not,
a Being with anklets from which galaxies are wrought.
A truth so vast that no person can comprehend,
a reality so enrapturing it’s hard to remember that it’s all pretend.

For this he only asks that you do your best,
that you never stop trying, that you eventually pass every test.
Fail as much as you need to finally get it right,
bow your head deeper each time, and don’t bemoan your inner plight.
Take time to stop and rest from your buzzing activity,
he reminds us to be still and view the inner being’s vast intricacy.
To breath, to be, to observe a simple mind.
…To be kind.

So with all that said,
you’re here to honor an outer form of that which sets us all free,
here to thank the dancer for entering the life of you,
the life of me, and or course he—your Guruji.
As souls, individuals, we’ve wound threads of karma,
after lifetimes together we are bound to fulfill this dharma.
When unbound we float away, through deeper spaces,
to greet each other again, in crystal-light places.
Each of us a single thread in a great tapestry,
a shining example of the one-and-only guru’s exquisite mastery.

Happy Jayanti Bodhinatha!

27 Responses to “A Happy Jayanti to Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami!”

  1. Rajeshwari Parasivam says:

    Happy Jayanthi Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami !
    The darshan coming out from Satguru’s photo and the illuminated poem are reaching faraway in and out. Millions thank you. Wishing All the Aadheenaam a blissful, joyful Happy Jayanthi celebration, Aum Aum. 🙏

  2. Thilaiampalam Sivayogapathy says:

    Aum Sri Panchamuga Ganapathy Thunai!

    Aum, Nalluran Vetri Vel Thunai!

    Aum Namasivaya!

    Aum Guru Parampara Thunai!

    Vanakam! Satguru Bodhinatha Veylan Swami!

    “Guru Pirama, Guru Vishnu,

    Guru thevo Maheshwaraha,

    Guru Satsath, Para Prama,

    Thasmai Sri Guruve Namaha”

    GOD is the Life of OUR Lives. Therefore,

    we are His Possession,

    We are His Bondsmen,

    All Our Movements are His Movements,

    We can never forget him.!

    We are lacking in nothing!,

    We are for ever,

    We are everywhere,

    We know everything!

    “Everything is Perfect!” (“ELLAAM SARI”)

    …………….Our Paramaguru Yogaswami.

    Aum! Happy Jayanthi Day Wishes to you Swami!

    May the ALMIGHTY Sri Nataraja Peruman

    Shower His Blessings, for your Sound Health & Happiness,

    with Long Life, to perform SIVATHONDU, following the

    Foot Steps of your beloved Satguru Sivaya Supramuniya Swami (GURUDEVA).!

    Aum Siva, Siva!

    Anpudan, (With Love)


    Thillaiampalam Sivayogapathy,


  3. Mangaleswary says:

    Happy Birthday Satguru. Prostration to your Holy Thiruvadi. Thank you for everything Satguru.

    Aum Shivaya.

  4. Theeba Ragunathan says:

    Jai Gnanapathy

    Dearest Satguru

    Happiest of Jayanthi to you! Your ever presence continues to guide, bless and strengthen us. Prostration to your holy feet.

    Theeba and Georgie

  5. Suresh Rajamanickam says:

    Happy Jayanthi Satguru Bodhinatha!!
    Pranams and Prostrations to your Lotus Feet!!
    We will always be overjoyed with our connection to the Kailasa Parampara

    Aum Namasivaya.
    Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

  6. Savitri Palani says:

    Happy Jayanthi Satguru Bodhinatha!
    We are abundantly grateful to have you in our lives.
    Aum Namasivaya Aum

  7. Sundari says:

    What an extraordinary photo of Satguru. A blend of Yogaswami, Gurudeva and HimSelf!

  8. Indivar Sivanathan says:

    Happy happy Jayanthi, dear Bodhinatha, invisible grace we devotees so fortunate to receive. Thanking author of this tome … it speaks to all of us and of our timeless journey. Precious and affirming we are already that which we seek. Thanking all the Mathavasis too, for striving and being the examples of who we want to emulate and realize.

    Jai Jai Bodhinatha! May you have health, and always be gladdened as we unfold through your subtle guidance. Aum Namasivaya

  9. deva Seyon says:

    When you read the beautiful mystic poem presented today, which is loaded with inner door keys, you naturally think – Oh, a Senior Monk – after years of Sadhana, tapas, and meditation – he sees so clearly the nature of the Guru, our illusions and the dance around the pole at the center. But what if it came from a young monk? [I won’t tell] . . . Then you know there is a bright, very bright future for Kauai Aadheenam. Jai Satguru Bodhinatha!

  10. Sankuthi says:

    Jai Jai Shree Maha Ganesh!
    Wishing you a Happy Guru Jayanti and thank you for all you are doing to all Hindus worldwide! Long live KailasaParamparai!
    Aum Namasivaya!

  11. Pouva says:

    Happy Jayanti to our beloved Satguru Bodhinatha, our shining star!
    Thank you Mathavasis for this masterpiece poem, such a special birthday treat to us! Aum

  12. Ashish says:

    Jai Ganesha. Jai Satguru. Happy Jayanti. So grateful for your manifold blessings which guide karma and shine a bright light on dharma. Your Upadeshas show the reality of the inner worlds and inspire so much to seek them.

    Aum NamaSivaya.


    Prostrations to the Holy Feet of our Beloved Satguru
    May Lord Shiva bless Satguru with a very long and healthy.
    Thank you Mathavasis for the lovely poem, for the special meal and cake in celebration of Satguru’s birthday.

  14. Ponnusamy Chesambal says:

    Aum Namasivaya.
    Happy Jayanti Bodynatha. Love u. The poem was very special.
    Prostrate to the Holy Feet of Satguru. Aum Namasivaya.

  15. Dohadeva Samugam says:

    Dear Bodhinatha,

    Although this outpouring of warmth may only occur once a year, please do know Bodhinatha that we are indebted and grateful to your generosity of time, shared experiences, and extensive knowledge every day – although we don’t say it often enough.

    Like a wick, oil and flame combine to give light, you are our pure consciousness.

    Aum Sri Gurubhyo Namah

    Happy Jayanthi, Bodhinatha!

    With lots of LOVE,

    In Spirit,

    Dohadeva & Nagavathy


    Aum Sivaya,
    Happy Jayanthi Satguru Bodhinatha.
    Jai Jai Jai to the Kailasa Parampara ke.
    Have a great day ahead.


  17. Gowri Nadason says:

    Prostration to Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami
    Happy Jayanti Satguru
    The mystic poem is the grace of our beloved Guru to help us on our path to realize Who am I. Thank you and Mahalo to all the monks.

  18. holly young says:

    Happy Jayanti Satguru Bodhinatha. Thank you for the pure example of selflessness.

    The beautiful poem moves me very much with its truth. The Aadheenam is a vast wellspring of love which influences so many.

  19. Tina D. says:

    Hope All the Monks and SSC members had a blessed and joyous SatGuru Jayanti. Thank YOU, Thank YOU, Thank YOU.

    Mahalo to The Soul that so beautifully, and with great insight wrote the transcendent poem, The SatGuru, with many hidden nuggets so eloquently


  20. Amey Gangal says:

    Happy Jayanti Satguru! Thank you for providing us with inspiration and motivation.

  21. Anil Ananda says:

    Happy Jayanthi Satguru Bodhinatha Ji,

    Thank you for divine blessings.

  22. Roy Darr says:

    Happy Jayanthi Satguru Bodhinatha!

  23. Ramai Santhirapala says:

    Happiest of Jayanthi to Our Beloved Satguru Bodhinatha. This poem is profound – the Natchinthinai lives on in contemporary form declaring the joys of Engal Gurunathan. Mahalo for sharing these precious word which provide wisdom now and will continue to do so in lifetimes to come.

    Would love to see a photo of the cake, if one exists! No doubt joyous celebrations by All. If the pandemic brings anything into sharp focus, it is to appreciate the blessing of a Satguru and the ray that emanates from Kauai Aadheenam.

  24. Manick Rajen says:

    We are really blessed to have a Satguru to guide us in this lifetime. Aum.

  25. SATKUNENDRAN says:

    Happy Birthday Satguru.
    Very nice, meaningful write-up by the Monk/s, and we hope and pray that with such a happy event, the evil virus will be non-existant.

  26. Amma Anne Deer says:


  27. Namrata Ragade says:

    Mahalo to the writer of this this deep, insightful, mystical poem…

    Satguru, Hope you had a wonderful Jayanthi Celebration…Evergrateful, Ragade Family

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