The Importance of Rain

It is the unfailing fall of rain that sustains the world. Therefore, look upon rain as the nectar of life.

Rain produces man’s wholesome food; and rain itself forms part of his food besides.

Though oceanic waters surround it, the world will be deluged by hunger’s hardships if the billowing clouds betray us.

When clouds withhold their watery wealth, farmers cease to ply their plows.

It is rain that ruins, and it is rain again that raises up those it has ruined.

Unless raindrops fall from the sky, not a blade of green grass will rise from the earth.

The very nature of oceans, though vast, would diminish if clouds ceased to take up water and replenish rain’s gifts.

Should the heavens dry up, worship here of the heavenly ones in festivals and daily rites would wither.

Unless the heavens grant their gifts, neither the giver’s generosity nor the ascetic’s detachment will grace this wide world.

No life on Earth can exist without water, and water’s ceaseless flow cannot exist without rain.

Hanuman Arrives on Kauai!

This week Lord Hanuman arrived on Kauai in all His green-jade-bronze glory. Our freight company brought him up to the aadheenam and placed him next to the mound upon which he will stand long into the future. With the help of Yoginathaswami in our CAT skidsteer, the team carefully lowered Hanuman’s heavy crate to the ground, after which, our hired worker Doug made quick work of the side paneling. What was revealed was nothing short of a masterpiece. Next week we will enjoy the exciting moment when Hanuman is stood up and placed on His hillock. Jai Hanuman!

Hanuman’s Journey to Kauai

For the past two weeks two teams in Loveland, Colorado, have been crating Lord Hanuman, getting him ready to take a voyage across the Pacific to Kauai Aadheenam

Today He is at the Oakland Port getting ready for His cruise. The crating alone is a major task as you will see in the slideshow.

Jai Hanuman! Model of Loyalty, Strength and Service to Siva.

Art Submission

As you know the monks are always hard at work on the next book or publication. For our next (yet to be revealed) project, we received three potential options for the the cover artwork. The first one appeared here a few weeks ago. Here is the second option received. Check back next week and we'll reveal the piece that we've chosen for the book.

"We're not trying to explain the unexplainable. Just trying to help those who are sincere figure out where to go to experience it." - Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami

Enjoying an Extraorditary World

Aum Namah Sivaya.

Our monks are heading into a three-day retreat, so you'll hear from us again on Saturday. We've put together a fun little guessing game for you. Time to peruse through a very small world, and find out just how vast it is. If something so small can be so big, than what we consider big must be huge, right? Yet for all its vast vistas, our beautiful planet is but a speck floating through nearly infinite space, and existing as a short blip in an infinite cycle of time. Surely if time and space are infinite in all directions, it is our awareness and perspective that matter most. With all of that existence "out there," and with a personal evolution spanning untold eons, on untold worlds, in untold dimensions, our inner Self has us experiencing a life that is right here, right Now. It must be rather important, don't you think?

Our Father Visits

Natyam Jayanatha is currently hosting his father Richard, who is visiting from Seattle. Richard is an artist and focuses on photography and architecture. Just like Jayanatha, Richard is a gentle, soft-spoken man who measures each word with precision. It is a pleasure to have him at the Ganapati Kulam morning editorial meeting.

Why Is the Satguru So Important? Path to Siva Lesson 35

Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami

Bodhinatha's Latest Upadeshas - Commentaries on Path to Siva
Why Is the Satguru So Important? , Lesson 35 (November 19,2017) Also available in the SivaSiva App.

The satguru helps his devotees mover closer to God, deeper into themselves, into the sat, the real,the truth. Turn away from the world/asat--that which is not the truth, to find the truth/sat. Sat has no beginning and no end; it is eternal. The world is relatively real, it exists but is constantly changing. That which is absolutely real exists and is changeless. The satguru is trying to help you find that part of us that doesn't change/sat.

Path To Siva, Lesson 35.

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Kadavul's Sevaks

The temple was busy today with incoming devotees and Dasaan Mahadevan helps coral people into the right place and answers the tough questions. Here he is with a smaller devotee who seems to be asking, "Everyday experience tells us that, when something expands, it has to have a medium to expand into, so surely it stands to reason that, if the universe is expanding, then it must be expanding into something?"

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