Satguru’s Travels – Johor and London

While in Jahor, Malaysia, Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami and Sannyasin Shanmuganathaswami attended the kumbhabhishekam for the Sithivinayagar Temple in Johor Malayasia. That evening, Satguru gave a keynote at the temple along with vibhuti blessings.
Next, Satguru returned to London and has been enjoying temple visits, satsangs and morning walks along the River Thames.

Malaysia Events Continue

Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami and Sannyasin Shanmuganathaswami continue their adventure through Malaysia. Several evenings ago they attended the book launch for Guru's Wisdom. An unusually large number of VIPs from other Hindu groups attended and the Kalmandapam auditorium was filled with maybe 600 people, with some guests standing in the back and sides.

The program began around 7:00pm with Devaram singing by a children's group and an adult group who were both trained by a professional oodhuvar. There was short introductory speeches by the previous president of Malaysia Hindu Sangam and the current one, a dance, and then a 35-minute keynote about the book by Satguru. Next was a ceremonial book release and each VIP came forward and received a complimentary copy. To finish the evening Satguru give vibhuti blessing and signed books late into the night.

The two also enjoyed a morning visit to the headquarters of the Malaysia Hindu Sangam and an afternoon satsang with members, students and devotees at Iraivan Illam in Klang. The satsang included one samaya diksha, one vidya sishya pledge and two brahmacharya vratas.

London and Malayasia

This week, Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami and Sannyasin Shanmuganathaswami have been traveling, first to London and then to Malaysia.

Yesterday they enjoyed a morning visit to the Siddhar Jeganatha Temple in Tapah which is a two-hour drive from Petaling Jaya. The Malaysia Hindu Sangam president, Dato Mohan Shan, and some of his local leaders greeted them there to show them around the temple construction site, which includes a full five acre property.

Exploring Austin

While in Austin, our traveling monks went for a nice walk and dinner with Ravi, Devi and Bhuma. After leaving Austin they transited through Denver and have just today arrived back at the Aadheenam.

Innersearch 2019 Sri Lanka Compilation Video

A compilation video of our Innersearch 2019 Sri Lanka travel-study program. Fifty participants traveled with Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami and four of his monks to Negombo, Jaffna and Trincomalee. They had classes with Satguru, went on adventuresome outings, worshiped at powerful temples and visited holy shrines related to the Kailasa lineage.

On the Road

Our traveling trio made their way through Southern California where they had an opportunity to visit with devotees. They've since then made their way to Austin. They visited a Chinmaya Mission center and also had a satsang with devotees. While in Austin they have been attending the 4D conference. Aum Namah Sivaya

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).

Whales Watching at Dawn

On March 26th, with a little time available before the morning class session, the Innersearch pilgrims set out to the deep ocean during the sunrise. Satguru and the pilgrims embarked on speed boats to watch dolphins and whales. On the way, their first stop was below the Koneswaram Temple. Several fishing boats stopped here too before going out for the catch of the day. The Ravana's cleft view is seen from bottom to top and also the huge Siva statue is visible.

Pigeon Island Excursion

On March 25th, Innersearch Sri Lanka pilgrims took a little excursion and study tour to Pigeon Island. Located north from Trincomalee, visitors take a 10 minute boat ride from Nilaveli beach.

Pigeon Island National Park is one of the two marine national parks in Sri Lanka. The island is small with a total area of 471.4 hectares. The rock pigeon colonized the place and gave it its name. This national park contains some of the best remaining coral reefs of Sri Lanka and has been designated a sanctuary since 1963.

Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami had an enthralled group of students for the day's class, under some of the natural shade. Later, pilgrims and monks went snorkeling to swim among the reef's friendly sharks, sea turtles, many of colorful fish and corals.

Pilgrimage to Koneswaram Temple

Koneswaram is revered as one the Pancha Ishwaram of Sri Lanka. This is the abode of "Kona" (the Chief Lord or God). The presiding Siva deity's name is a combination the words of Kona and Ishwara.

The temple stands distinctly atop Konesar Malai, a high point of land that overlooks the Indian Ocean, near the Trincomalee (Thirukonamalai) District. The original temple is believed to be built around 205 bce, with key features resembling the Dravidian temple architecture, such as a thousand pillared hall.
The temple complex was destroyed by the Portuguese Empire in colonial religious attacks between 1622 and 1624, and Fort was built near the site from its debris. Ruins of the Koneswaram temple are still found underwater, and several murtis have been rediscovered.

Koneswaram is described in the Mahabharata and Ramayana. It is mentioned by Sambandhar and Sundarar Nayannar in Tevarams between 600-630 ce. Another prominent Saivite, Arunagirinathar visited here in 1468. In 1952 the Society for Restoration of Koneswaram did the initial reconstruction work and more renovations were done by local Tamils in 1982.

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