Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami reads from the Himalayan Academy publication “The Guru Chronicles,” drawing examples from it to illustrate the power of positive affirmation which can be particularly useful in times of inner and outer challenges.
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Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami gives his weekly talk in Kadavul Temple at Kauai Aadheenam. Today Satguru reads from lesson 339 of Sivaya Subramuniyaswami’s book Merging with Siva, discussing the depths of inner experience.
Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami gives his weekly talk in Kadavul Temple at Kauai Aadheenam. Here Satguru reads from lesson 327 of Sivaya Subramuniyaswami’s book Merging with Siva, discussing the meditative stages of expanding consciousness.
Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami gives his weekly talk in Kadavul Temple at Kauai Aadheenam. Here Satguru reads from lesson 317 of Sivaya Subramuniyaswami’s book Merging with Siva, discussing the four stages of evolution throughout the spiritual path.
During Kauai Aadheenam’s evening celebrations of our 2020 Mahasivaratri, Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami gives an upadesha about the power of this important and mystical annual festival. Aum Namah Sivaya.
Today, we welcome a new Sannyasin, Swami Vishvanathaswami. Having completed years as a Nirvani Sadhaka and several years as a yogi, today he experienced the death of his old self during a ceremony this morning in Kadavul Temple. We share with you words from his vow book, The Holy Order of Sannyas. At the homa in Kadavul (no cameras allowed):
Together he and the satguru symbolically conduct his antyesti samskara, the ritual funeral rites, to betoken the death of the personal self and the birth of the spiritual being. He places the remnants of personal identity, hair, clothing, pulnool or sacred thread and all desires for wealth, progeny and fame into the homa fire, beseeching the permission of Lord Ganesha and heeding the path of Lord Muruga, vowing aloud his renunciation thus:
"All that I have and all that I am I now give unto my God, my Gods and my guru. I have no family except the Divine Father Siva and Mother Sakti who dwell in Kailas and on Earth the sangam of Saivite devotees. I have no home except the stillness of Being. I have no possessions except my faith and dedication. I have no desires except my desire to serve and to realize God."
He then says aloud three times, "I, wishing for mukti, take refuge in this sacred Order and in God Siva, who created the world, who breathed out the Vedas. The purpose of my life is to cultivate dispassion, to become pure, to attain union with God Siva and be immersed in Divine Love. I do fully and of my own volition accept these Holy Orders of Sannyas, now and for the remainder of my life, and bind myself in the fulfillment thereof to the ancient Order of sannyas, to my satguru, to my Saivite Hindu faith and to the devas, the Mahadevas and Lord Siva Himself. I am the Atman, the non-dual Parasiva, pure and free."
He then walks seven steps around the homa fire, returning to kneel at the guru's feet. He is thereafter dead to the world. The satguru then whispers the Panchakshara Mantra in the candidate's right ear three times, along with personal instructions for meditation. The sannyasin is given his ascetic name, "Vishvanathaswami!" his danda, a mala of 108 rudraksha beads for japa yoga, a deer skin, a kamandalu or water bowl. After bathing in the nearby river where he intones the sannyas mantra, dips three times into the waters and then dons the kavi for the first time, the candidate returns. A puja is performed to invoke the blessings of the Second and Third Worlds. The satguru then takes ashes from the homa fire and marks the tripundra on his fore-head and covers the body with the sacred ash. After the puja the following are read aloud to the sannyasin:
"Hail, O sannyasin, love's embodiment!
Does any power exist apart from love?
Diffuse thyself throughout the happy world.
Let painful maya cease and ne'er return!
Day and night give praise unto the Lord.
Pour forth a stream of songs
To melt the very stones.
Attain the sight where night is not nor day.
See Siva everywhere, and rest in bliss.
Live without interest in worldly gain.
Here, as thou hast ever been, remain.
Then never will cruel sorrow venture nigh.
Hail, O sannyasin,
Thou who knowest no guile!
Establish in thy heart and worship there
The Taintless One--
Panchakshara's inmost core,
Whom neither Vishnu nor Brahma
Had power to comprehend.
Thou that regardest all others as thyself--
Who in this world can be compared with thee? The powerful karma
Thy past deeds have wrought
Will vanish without trace.
Daily, on the thought
Is not this jiva Siva?" thou must meditate.
Best of sannyasins, of one-pointed mind! Morning and evening worship without fail The Holy Feet of the Almighty Lord,
Who here and hereafter
Preserves and safeguards thee.
Cast aside the fetters of thy sins!
By steadfast concentration of thy mind Awareness of a separate self
Thou must extirpate.
Conquer with love all those that censure thee. Thou art eternal! Have no doubt of this! What is not thou is fancy's artiface. Formless thou art!
Then live from all thought free!"
Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami's Publisher's Desk editorial from Hinduism Today Magazine's April/May/June, 2020 Issue.
Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami reads from lesson 299 and 300 of Merging with Siva, discussing the evolution of consciousness as it ventures into more refined inner experiences. Aum.
Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami reads from chapter 303 of Sivaya Subramuniyaswami's book, Merging with Siva, discussing the mystical mechanics of darshan, meaning "vision, seeing or perception."
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