What Is Meditation?

Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami reads from Lesson 46 of the Himalayan Academy publication “Path To Siva,” discussing the fine art of meditation.

The Art of Listening – Publisher’s Desk

Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami reads an older editorial from the July/August/September 2015 edition of Hinduism Today magazine. “With the modern distraction of digital media, we must be more mindful than ever of person-to-person communications. Sound is regarded as divine in Hinduism, so it is fitting that listening has always held a central role in the faith. Our core scriptures, the Vedas and Agamas, are referred to as shruti, which means “that which is heard,” as they were originally heard by rishis as an aural transmission directly from God. In the early days of human civilization, prior even to writing, shruti was faithfully preserved without alteration (important because this is the word of God) by means of aural instruction from guru to shishya. This went on generation after generation for thousands of years. Considering the vast body of texts, it is remarkable that this was achieved, and more remarkable still when you know it was accomplished by requiring students to learn each verse in eleven different ways, including backwards.”

Achieving Affectionate Detachment

Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami reads his upcoming editorial from the Jul/Aug/Sep 2018 edition of Hinduism Today magazine. “That completes the process of achieving affectionate detachment. We start with unaffectionate attachment and then move to unaffectionate detachment. From there we move to affectionate detachment, which comes in two stages. The first stage is expressing more love and kindness towards others. The second stage is understanding others more clearly, cognizing the nature of family, friends and acquaintances in an intuitive way, from the inside out, and therefore loving them more and being able to get along with them better. The deeper truth is that we are learning about ourself the whole time, and our inner changes are reflected in our relationships.”

Satguru’s Europe Visit Highlights

Here are some beautiful photos showcasing Satguru's trip to London.

Ramai Santhirapala reports:
"The 2018 London visit arose from an invitation for Satguru Bodhinatha to attend the 19th Saiva
Conference as a guest of honour. This is an annual two day conference hosted by the Federation of
Saiva (Hindu) Temples U.K; an organisation formed in 1988 to guide and counsel the Saivite temples
in the UK. The conference provides a forum for the UK Saivite community to come together and learn
about aspects of Saivism, and for the temples to exchange views and experiences alongside
challenges. One point of discussion seems to recur from the 1st to the 19th Saiva Conference - how
do youth who have grown up in the West remain close to the Saiva fold. As such a parallel youth
session has evolved at the conference, in English, which Satguru Bodhinatha was requested to lead
alongside delivering a plenary talk on both days of the conference to the UK Saivite community of
temple trustees, sivacharyas and devotees. Alongside Satguru Bodhinatha, the other guest was Srilasri
Somasundara Swamigal of Nallai Aadheenam whom Satguru met most recently during the February
2018 Himalayan Academy innersearch to Sri Lanka."

"Satguru received much praise in talks given by senior members of the UK Saivite community alongside
Srilasri Somasundara Swamigal for the dynamic work done by Kauai Aadheenam in affirming Saiva
Siddhantha and the uniqueness of the blend of traditional Saivite worship at the Aadheenam whilst
also producing what was described as the highest quality and authentic resources for Saivites to
connect with their faith - both for young and young at heart. The link of the lineage with Paramaguru
Siva Yogaswami was recurrently lovingly quoted."

"Satguru generously led a youth parallel session, in English, based on the Himalayan Academy
publication'Path to Siva' towards the culmination of the conference. This comprised a three hour
workshop which was packed to capacity as it progressed with a blend of young children to senior
elders - it seems the whole spectrum of the Saivite community are keen to learn! Satguru
Bodhinatha's presentation blended a fine balance of being comprehensive whilst detailed - a rare
skill. It went through esoterics of Hinduism and the Saivite Path alongside practical wisdom on
applying it to daily dynamic life in the West."

What Is Japa?

Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami reads from Lesson 45 of the Himalayan Academy publication "Path to Siva," discussing japa yoga.

Bodhinatha Returns to Kauai

Satguru's 3 week mainland/Europe mission has ended and his return home is ushered in with a short pada puja at Kadavul Temple. Bodhinatha marches off again on May 28, just a few weeks from now, to visit Malaysia.

50th Shum Anniversary

The 50th anniversary of the Shum language was celebrated in beautiful Ascona, Switzerland. Around 15 devotees joined Satguru for a class on Shum and for scenic outings.

Ascona is, of course, the perfect place for such an occasion. This was where Gurudeva first brought through the language of Shum in 1968 during an Innersearch travel-study program. A very auspicious event indeed.

"Shum has had wide acceptance and grown into a marvelous teaching tool because within the structure of the language is contained the entire Saiva Siddhnta philosophy. It has within it the perspective man had to hold to make the Advaita Siddhnta philosophy of the ancient rishis alive and vibrant today." - Gurudeva

Satguru’s travels in California and London

Here are more photos from Satguru's journey to California and London and the Satsangs held there.

Satguru and Sannyasin Shanmuganathaswami also attended the 19th Saiva Conference held in London.

Stay tuned for more photos chronicling Satguru's trip.

Satguru Visits California and London

Today we have a few photos from the road. First Satguru landed in San Francisco before arriving in San Diego. Homes were visited for darshan, pada puja and arati. The monks then traveled to London where they will stay for a little over a week.

Bodhinatha: The Meaning of Sivaratri and Nirvikalpa Samadhi

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The Meaning of Sivaratri and Nirvikalpa Samadhi

What is Sivaratri and the Nature of Nirvikalpa Samadhi

Mahasivaratri: A time of striving to realize Parasiva. In our teachings yoga is the restraint of mental activity (chitta vritti). Nivritti marga-the path of renunciation. Pravritti marga-the path of action or life in worldly society. Ashrama dharma, a mental resting place within the 4 ashramas in life. The day before the new moon, as in monthly Sivaratri, nivritti energy is strong, an excellent time for austerity and meditation. Six Shum words defined related to meditation-withdrawal: kashum, nikashum, shumnikashum, bishumnikashum, abibishumnikashum, haiiaiibishumnikashum. Drawing energy up in to the transcendental Source of energy. Imkaif: Absence of awareness aware of itself. Nonexperience.

Master Course Trilogy, Dancing with Siva, Sloka 97.

Twelve Shum Meditations-Gurudeva's Introduction to the Advaitin.

Master Course Trilogy, Merging with Siva. Lesson 1.

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