A New San Marga Bell Tower!

Jai Ganesha!

Recently we've completed the construction of a new bell tower along San Marga. If you have ever walked down San Marga from the Rudraksha Forest, you might recall that just after Muruga Hill there is a small wooden archway with a bronze bell attached. From afar the bell can be heard as pilgrims ring it, heralding their entrance into the Shivaloka while they move ever closer to their destination of Iraivan Temple. As a gift to the aadheenam, Umut (the mason who built Iraivan Temple's lava rock wall), volunteered to create a new archway from concrete and stone. A larger and more ornate bell would then be added. After a little over a month of work, the new bell was installed a rung loudly, echoing across San Marga. Next time you visit these sacred grounds, remember to strike this bell for all the three worlds to hear. Aum Namah Sivaya.

A Sketch of Yogaswami

God can be discovered only by God. - Yogaswami

Aum Namah Sivaya
A while back, Natalie Levin, who did the artwork for Gurudeva's Seven Dimensions of the Mind created this wonderful sketch of Yogaswami of Jaffna. Upon sharing it with T. Sivayogapathy in Toronto (who had personally known Yogaswami), he had this to say:

Aum Namasivaya
First of all, Mikka Nanri for sharing our Parama Guru's New Sketch, which looks very Natural, as to how our Parama Guru was in his latter stages while in this World!
Especially, how exactly, he was looking like,
from the time he had the physical fall in the Cattle shed, up until his Body departed from this World!
The sketch really reflects how His Holy Face showered His Blessings of
GURU ARUL, to All his Devotees! It was something Great,
beyond Our thoughts!
Aum Siva, Siva!
Aum Parama Sivam! Aum Shanthi!
Anpudan,
Siva,
(T.Sivayogapathy).
Toronto.

Life the Great Experience – Part 3

Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami gives his weekly upadesha in Kadavul Temple at Kauai's Hindu Monastery in Hawaii. It is part of a series of talks elaborating on the inspired teachings of Sivaya Subramuniyaswami as found in his book Merging With Siva. Here, Satguru discusses "Life the Great Experience," a talk given in 1957.

Our Morning Mountain Marvel

Aum Namah Sivaya
Today is the 6th and final day in our monks' week. So, as we head into two days of retreat, we'd like to share this morning's view of Iraivan Temple, the Wailua River and Mount Waialeale.

"Nothing is lost, nothing is gained. How can we talk of gain or loss? The atma is one-it is all and everywhere. So how can there be loss and gain, coming and going, past and future?"- Yogaswami

Tirukural – Chapter 61

Chapter 61: Avoidance of Idleness



Verse 610
A king, having many noble characteristics, goes into the far fields to oversee the harvest in his realm, meets with his military court to strategize and at the bottom stands before God who blesses him.

TAKA Presents the Tirukural

You can access the entire text, in Tamil and English here:
Weaver's Wisdom


Verse 601

The eternal flame of a family vanishes
when eclipsed by that dark cloud called idleness.

Verse 602

Let those who wish their family to be a noble family
call laziness "laziness" and live without it.

Verse 603

The simpleton whose actions are stifled by ruinous indolence
will see his family perish before he dies.

Verse 604

Their families decrease and their vices increase when men,
ensnared in sloth, do not put forth earnest effort.

Verse 605

Procrastination, forgetfulness, sloth and sleep--
these four shape the ship bearing those destined for ruin.

Verse 606

Seldom do languid men achieve anything special,
even when supported by the world's wealthy proprietors.

Verse 607

Idle men, incapable of honorable exertion,
invite scorn and suffer the shame of scolding words.

Verse 608

If languor is allowed to linger in aristocrats,
they will be forced into servitude under foes.

Verse 609

Disgrace that has come upon a man and his family
will disappear the moment he casts out laziness.

Verse 610

A king devoid of indolence will thereby procure all that
cosmic expanse measured by God's immeasurable strides.

Hinduism Today’s Digital Hindi Edition

Jai Ganesha!

We're pleased to announce the release of the first of our Hindi-Language Digital Editions of Hinduism Today!
The translations are being done by SweetCommunication, a team in India. They are able to produce a much better translation than the automatic Google translate and are actively working their way through the latest issue of the magazine. This first release is a translation of the July/August/September, 2021 issue. More to come! Aum Namah Sivaya. See:
https://www.hinduismtoday.com/category/articles-in-hindi/

Escalating Elephants

Recently, two of our stone-carved elephant statues have been put into place along that will be the future stairway that pilgrims will walk to reach Iraivan Temple. The stairs will be made from concrete with stone details, paralleled by a 15-inch-tall lava rock-clad railing on either side. The elephants, placed by the silpis before they left, will greet you as you make your ascent. They stand in place of the live, temple elephants we sadly can't get here on Kauai. The male elephant in the lead, holds an intricately carved globe in his trunk, symbolizing the universality of Hinduism and its acceptance of all people, beliefs, and existences in this world. The female leads her child behind her representing Hinduism as a powerful guiding force for all souls of the world.

Life the Great Experience – Part 2

Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami gives his weekly upadesha in Kadavul Temple at Kauai's Hindu Monastery in Hawaii. It is part of a series of talks elaborating on the inspired teachings of Sivaya Subramuniyaswami as found in his book Merging With Siva. Here, Satguru discusses "Life the Great Experience," a talk given in 1957.

2021 Gurudeva Mahasamadhi Puja

Jai Gurudeva!
Happy 2021 Mahasamadhi!
Please join us for ur live stream of our homa and padapuja to Gurudeva. Here You can download and read three more PDFs from our 2002 memorial issue of Hinduism Today, giving insight into Gurudeva's life an the blessings he evoked in the lives of others.

Click here to download pdf - Renaissance Rishi.

Click here to download pdf - Power of the Press.

Click here to download pdf - Mystic Master

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