The Devotional Bhakti Movement

Our just-released “The Devotional Bhakti Movement” is the eighth song in Hinduism Today’s History of Hindu India Music Video series.

It is a song for children intended to complement the third of our popular History of Hindu India documentaries, “Hindu India: 1000 to 1850.” The documentary and song, the second of three for this time period, neatly supplement the study of India and the Hindu religion in American middle schools. An easy way for students to understand the widespread devotional movement which countered the impact of foreign invasions and alien religions upon India.

Produced by Hinduism Today
Music: Aks and Lakshmi (youtube.com/EclipseNirvana)
Lyrics: Dragan Stojkovski
Video and subtitles: Igro Burenkov (upwork.com/fl/burenkov, conger.style@gmail.com)

Complete History Series Playlist

Music Videos
Part One, Song One, “Let’s Go Back 6,000 Years:” youtu.be/YHS7dyN6sgM
Part One, Song Two, “That’s What Hindus Believe” https://youtu.be/PAzBZa-FBOo
Part One, Song Three, “Hindus Love Celebrations” youtu.be/URoNuvY1wx
Part Two, Song One, “Ten Centuries of Progress” https://youtu.be/pFOTcm0Jq_4
Part Two, Song Two, “City and Village Life” https://youtu.be/CsNaeE4bgBY
Part Two, Song Three, “Sanskrit Culture Blossomed” https://youtu.be/z3zfjXNDIEU
Part Three, Song One, “Hard Times Fell Upon India” youtu.be/H8U-A-2BXrw
Part Three, Song Two, “The Devotional Bhakti Movement” youtu.be/dnlXj0IobIw

Online Courses

Himalayan Academy has been working for some months now on a series of online learning courses. We chose the THINKIFIC platform (they have more than 40,000 teachers!) and have created some extensive and some simple courses. The entire Master Course trilogy is there, in three parts. So is our youth catechism Path to Siva, in both the teenage version and the 8-year-old simplified form. There is a course on Know Thy Self. Beginning to Meditate is our newest addition. The lessons are illustrated and designed to take ten minutes a day, or less.

As we all know, this is how learning is done in the digital age. You can be anywhere in the world and study the courses, pass the tests and follow the suggested practices.

We are working on more lessons. Meantime, visit Thinkific's site here (https://courses.himalayanacademy.com/) and begin your study.

Just today we received this amazing testimonial from a student who is on Week 5, Day 3 of the Master Course. As you will see, it has made quite an impression:

"I have been blessed with many teachers and many lessons throughout my life. A wise friend once counseled, "Don't go on and on" when I need to learn that I often say too much and what I say is not helpful. A music instructor recently told me, "You don't apply yourself." He was absolutely correct. Since then, I have been trying to work on applying these lessons to all areas of my life, and I think it's helped.

But the most helpful lesson I have learned is from this marvelous course: I am not my mind, body, or emotions. As I age and the body I inhabit now is beginning to show signs of breaking down, and I am faced with medical procedures in the near future, nothing has helped relieve my stress and anxiety as that simple lesson: I am not the body I inhabit. There is so much more than an ailing heart or poor eyesight or aching knees or or or... I am part of something eternal, something more blazingly beautiful than I can imagine at this point, but I know it's there.

No other religious tradition can offer this powerful lesson, and believe me, I've looked. I am aware of the current line of thinking that insists that a westerner participating in Hinduism is considered "cultural appropriation" and is unwelcome by many people. But my soul pulls me back to Hinduism nonetheless. Christianity, the religion of my birth, cannot ease my fears. Judaism, the religion of my mother, has great spiritual wealth, but doesn't present these truths this way. Sufis long for an immediate experience of the Divine in this life, but what happens after? Buddhism comes close, but where is God? And what happens to me after this life has ended? There are no answers for me in Buddhism.

But I found my answers in Hinduism, and those answers are clear and joyful and are giving me the peace I thought I would never find. I am eternally grateful for this learning experience."


Om Namah Sivaya!

History of Hindu India: City and Village Life

This history music video: "City and Village Life. is a song for children intended to complement the second of our popular History of Hindu India documentaries, "Hindu India: 300 to 1100ce." The documentary and song, the second of three for this time period, neatly supplement the study of India and the Hindu religion in American middle schools. An easy way for students to get a quick overview of life in India's cities and villages during this time, including the various occupations, business life, political system, family life including arranged marriage.
Produced by HinduismToday
Music: Aks and Lakshmi (http://www.youtube.com/EclipseNirvana)
Lyrics: Dragan Stojkovski
Video and subtitles: Igro Burenkov
Complete History Series Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkA3jcdbA5kTwKf5gHchrJliKCMTM__7B

Hinduism In a Nutshell

Cover The July issue will be online the 1st of July. But we wanted to issue a preview of the Educational Insight section. It's a new rendering of Hindu Basics. The most popular part of our website for years. Now available in ebook formats. Perfect to give away or share with friends. Hinduism In a Nutshell
A Simple Overview of a Complex Faith
Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami

Recent Google search on What is Hinduism yielded some 223,000 answers. Many are from outsiders offering their best take; many are from antagonists taking their best shot. Too few are knowledgeable; fewer still are authentic. Rare is the answer that goes beyond parochial sectar-ian understandings; scarcely any encompasses the huge gamut implied in the question. For these reasons alone, the book from which this article is taken was inevitable. Written by devout Hindus and drawn from the deepest wells of spiritual experience and cultural insight, it is a definition coming from deep inside the inner sanctum and depicting in words and amazing images the living, breathing entity that is Hinduism. Get the ebooks here!

There is No Satan or Hell, Focus on the Here and Now

Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami

Bodhinatha's later upadesha There is no hell. Only "hellish" states of mind. The state of mind in the here and now is the same state of mind you'll be in in the inner world after dropping off the physical body. Focus on being in the states of mind produced by the higher chakras. If we are constantly unnecessarily analyzing the present, thinking about the past, the future, it's hard to control our meditations. We are meant to have mystical inner experiences not just as a one time event but today, tomorrow and the next day. The world is the place where we can improve our concentration and willpower. Master Course Trilogy, Dancing with Siva, Merging with Siva, Lesson 53

A Second New Song Release for History of Hindu India

"That's What Hindus Believe" is a song for children intended to supplement the popular History of Hindu India documentary "From Ancient Times." The documentary and song, the second of three for this time period, neatly supplement the study of India and the Hindu religion in American middle schools. An easy way for kids to get an overview of the central Hindu beliefs.

Music: Aks and Lakshmi (http://www.youtube.com/EclipseNirvana)
Lyrics: Dragan Stojkovski
Video and subtitles: Igro Burenkov

Off to Austin!

Jai Ganesha!

Today Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, Sannyasin Shanmuganathaswami and Sannyasin Siddhanathaswami all departed for Los Angeles and Austin, where they will be attending a conference on 4D (our extensively-used database software).

Hindu Lexicon Is Also a Web App!

One of the many small accomplishments during the 2018 cycle, thanks to the generous donations to the Digital Dharma Drive, was that Andre Garzia produced a web app of our Hindu Lexicon. It appears below. You can also view it alone in your browser (click here) It is also available in the SivaSiva App and you can get it all by itself on your mobile device. Open this page on your Android or iPhone: 1) Click here to open in Chrome or Safari. 2) Under the share/options choose "Add to Home Screen" 3) Now you see it like any other app. You must have a live internet connection. Gurudeva was fond of taking a word adventure. Click a word and then click related words. You can click the little book mark underneath the word, and you save the words to "My Words" for review later. When we add words over time, they immediately become available the lexicon.

Bodhinatha’s Latest Siva to Path Commentaries (audio)

Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami

Also available on the mobile app - SivaSiva.App

How Can We Strengthen Our Temple?


What Is Our Form of Prayer?


How Do We Celebrate Festivals?


How Do We Observe Pilgrimage?




Click here to go to an index of all of Bodhinatha's and Gurudeva's online audio.

Bodhinatha’ s Latest Upadeshas

Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami

Also available on SivaSiva.App

What Is the Value of Spiritual Friends?


Friends who are fine, positive and good Hindus will help you most of all. It's important for parents of teenagers to know their teenager's friends. Our strength comes from mixing and interacting with others who are practicing sadhana. "The group helps the individual and the individual helps the group."

Path to Siva, Lesson 58


How Do We Practice Karma Yoga


Pray to Lord Ganesha before beginning work. Turn everything you do into selfless service, seva, karma yoga. Work becomes worship. Hold the perspective of Sivanadiyar that you are the devoted servant of God Siva. "Do everything you do as Sivathondu. Give up this 'I' and mine."

Path to Siva, Lesson 59


What Is the Purpose of the Temple?


"As you approach God's home, you can feel the spiritual energy, and as you go inside you are engulfed in peace." Trust in and open up to the deity. God is a very subtle presence. The temple and the murti within it are set up so that anyone can feel God's presence once they have enough devotion. Go to the temple and through the sanctified murti see God. Kumbabishekam purifies the temple, infuses divine energy into the murti. The deity, during puja, resides in the murti. Continuous daily worship perpetuates and over the years strengthens the power of the temple.

Path to Siva, Lesson 60


How Do We Visit the Temple?


Be close to God by going to the temple. By shifting our minds to our religion the flow of positive karma is intensified. Being open and receptive receive the blessings of the deity. Bask in the divine energy radiating out from the murti. Creating a strong tie to the temple, perform a sacred act when you return home. Light a lamp in your home shrine; bring the vibration and summon the devas from the temple.

Path to Siva, Lesson 61

Click here to go to an index of all of Bodhinatha's and Gurudeva's online audio.

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