Introducing Spiritual Workout 2.0!

Aum Namah Sivaya,

We've just released version 2.0 of our Spiritual Workout app. The app has been rebuilt from the ground up for increased performance, bug fixes and an updated user interface. We've also added a few features such as more meditations and a Hatha Yoga section.

iOS Users:
The app is available on your app store or available as an update if you already have it.

Android Users:
The app has been updated, but the Google Play store can take up to a week to propagate it to their users, so it might be a few days before you see it. You'll know by the bright-gold Nataraja icon

Here's a complete feature list:

Note: Nearly every page in the app has a little "i" icon at the bottom which contains a lot of explanatory information in it about whatever item you are looking at. For instance the "Aum chanting" has a full description of how to properly chant Aum.

10 minute sadhana
- Choose what book and lesson you'd like to start on
- App will remember what your reading and advance the lesson next time you use it
- takes you through 2 minutes of Ganesha Mantra, 2 minutes of Aum chanting, 1 minute of affirmation and 5 minutes of study.

Worship Section
Mantras:
- perform Japa using provided mantras to Ganesha, Murugan, Hanuman or Siva
- Audio included for all Mantras
Chanting practice:
- learning sections for mantras either include the mantra in smaller, easy to learn chunks with audio and transliterations and translations
- shanti mantra
- bhojana mantra
- guru mantra
- mantra pushpam
- all Ganesha puja mantras
Ganesha Puja:
- leads user through all the steps of our atmartha Ganesha puja
- includes chants, instructions and audio

Introspection
- timed Aum chanting
- timed pranayama
- timed meditations
- Includes three guided meditations, inner light, inner sound and inner self.

Affirmations
- includes a full list of our published affirmations with adjoining audio and affirmation timer

Study
- includes a large amount of online books hosted byHimalayanacademy.com
- includes 4 offline books, currently the trilogy and Path to Siva in a text only lesson form that is always accessible.

"More" section
- includes standard stuff like terms of service, about us, rate the app, etc.
- Also include a section of resources for our students which includes the Guru Vandanam chant in learning format and transliteration-only versions of ashtottaras for Bodhinatha, Gurudeva and Yogaswami.

Hatha Yoga
- there is now a timed hatha yoga section
- set your time and it will lead you through all poses with artwork, descriptions and associated color.

Simple timer
- There is also a simple timer to use for your own custom practice.

New Taskforcers Arrive at the Aadheenam

This week Mayuresh Visswanathan from Carlsbad, CA and Arinien Mootoocurpen from Mauritius have arrive on Kauai to participate in our taskforce program. While here they will come to the Monastery each morning and spend the day worshiping, meditating and performing seva alongside the monks. Mayuresh will be here until August and Arinien will be visiting for up to six months. Aum Namah Sivaya

Beginning a New Year with the Nartana Ritau

Several days ago the monastery observed a homa and a flag raising to welcome our new season, the Nartana Ritau. This also marks the beginning of Vikari, our new year. Aum Namah Sivaya.

Bodhinatha’s Latest Upadeshas

Satguru Bodhinatha Veylaswami

Mahasivaratri Upadesha
The Nature of Mahasivaratri


Trilogy Commentaries
On the Brink of the Absolute
Click here to go to an index of all of Bodhinatha's and Gurudeva's online audio.

Two Yogis on Innersearch

Our Innersearch photographer reports: Yogi Jayanatha and Yogi Dayanatha shouldered lots of responsibilities on a daily basis. Before and during Innersearch they worked tirelessly to make sure Innersearch pilgrims stay, transportation, food and all coordination with Rishi Thondunatha's team work seamlessly. But this is what they do as part of their duty and responsibility apart from their intense daily sadhanas. Shown here are photos at Kadaitswami's Samadhi Temple in Jaffna, Both Yogis got on a different role during the visit to Jaffna at Kadaitswami's shrine carrying the Palanquin of Lord Siva with Uma Maheswari and Rajeswary. Kadaitswami's bronze murthy was placed in the front of the palanquin as the procession was taken around the temple perimeters

On Taskforce

Jai Ganesha!

As Ramesh and Vel return home, another taskforcer has graced our midsts. For the next three months Adi Srikantha will be helping in and around the monastery with our many projects.

Makaif – The Ultimate Practice and Attainment of Siddhanta

We bring gold from Gurudeva's audio archive. A classic talk from 1973. The ultimate goal of life itself. Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami explains Makaif--a shum word defined as the ultimate attainment of Siddhanta. Using the shum language, Gurudeva describes the path to the Self-Realization. How to live a lifestyle dedicated to the practice of Raja Yoga. Vumtyemka described as a sadhana. The Search for the Self. Iikaif. Sadhana, tapas, austerity, obey spiritual laws. Siva as Divine Dancer, life force, divine energy, pure consciousness. Realize Siva in all of His fullness and all of His nothingness and realize that which you always have been. (26 minutes)

What Is the Ideal Home?

Satguru Bodhinathaswami

Bodhinatha's Latest Upadesha
Path to Siva Commentaries

What Is the Ideal Home?

"Harmony is a fragile vibration which the family protects." Gurudeva expressed how deeply integral the Tirukural was to his teachings. It is not enough to take care of immediate family members, you need to reach out to others. Increase and master self-control through facing greater challenges, being steadfast in domestic life.

Path to Siva, Lesson 51

Tirukural


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

Morning Chitra Puja

The darshan bellowed into Kadavul Temple this morning as Ganesha Chaturthi comes closer. Chitra nakshatra means Chitra puja to our Gurudeva. Yogi Rajanatha and Natyam Dayanatha perform today's ceremony.

Slideshow quotes are from Gurudeva's Cognazantability in Merging with Siva, and ends with a few quotes from Merging with Siva's "Death of the Ego."

Ushering in the New Season

Today marks the beginning of the Jivana Ritau, the rainy season from from mid-August to mid-December. The morning began with a Siva homa in Kadavul temple, followed by a parade out to the flag pole to change the dvaja for the coming season. Afterwards, monks and devotees paraded out to Iraivan Temple for a short arati. Aum Namah Sivaya.

"The key word of this season is work. The colors are rust, copper-maroon and all shades of red rust for earthy preservation, copper-maroon for fulfillment and red for physical energy. The Aadheenams 60-foot flag pole flies the rust-colored dhvaja, symbolizing environmental care. Copper-maroon and all shades of red adorn our smaller flags. This is the season of honoring and showing appreciation for those in the vanaprastha ashrama, life's elder advisor stage.

"The focus is on preserving what has been created, manifesting goals and fulfilling plans made in the past. Inwardly the emphasis is on direct cognition and caring for the practical details of the external world. Practicality is a word much used this season. In the monasteries and the missions, there is a big push on studying the sutras of Living with Siva and the Saiva Dharma Shastras. The format of the mission satsanga changes into one that in fact helps everyone live and breathe with Lord Siva through personal adjustment to the aphorisms of Living with Siva, which define tradition, culture and protocol.

"It is a time of building and repairing and caring for what has been built, planted or created in any realm of life. It is a physical time, of exercise and exertion in the Bhuloka, a magnetic time for action and willpower, of finishing all jobs started since the first ritau. On the farm, there is harvesting of the lands fruits as we celebrate abundance."

Archives are now available through 2001. Light colored days have no posts. 1998-2001 coming later.

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