Celebrating Ganesha Chaturthi

Jai Ganesha!!!

Recently the monastery celebrated Ganesha Chaturthi with an Abhishekam to Lord Ganapati in Kadavul Temple. Milk, yogurt, honey and more were poured over this bountiful God, imbuing His physical murti with prana and releasing Lord Ganesha's blessings to all those present. Aum

Happy Ganesha Chaturthi!

Aum Gam Ganapataye Namah

If you worship the elephant-faced Vinayaka, your life will expand bountifully. If you worship the white-tusked Vinayaka, your desires and doubts will flee. Therefore, worship Him with love-offerings of jack, hoppers, plantain and mango fruits and thus mitigate the burden of deeds. Saint Auvaiyar. AG, 127

Into the Gardens

After spending some weeks on a Kauai pilgrimage, the Pillay family enjoyed an afternoon tour of Siva's Gardens, guided by Sadasivanathaswami. They had never put their feet into the waters of the Wailua River, so that was a treat. Follow them as they discover new areas previously unknown.

How Do We Receive Guests?

Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami reads from Lesson 52 of the Himalayan Academy publication “Path To Siva,” discussing how the Hindu home traditionally receives guests.

August 2019 News Video

Our August 2019 News Video covers events in July 2019, including the birth of our newest = Jersey Calf, Mina; the progress on Iraivan Temple's Kodimaram; and the Aadheenam's recent celebration of Guru Purnima.

Progress on Iraivan Temple’s Wall

Aum Namah Sivaya
Here's a preview of what Iraivan Temple's perimeter wall will look like once complete. For now only this northeast corner is nearly finished, but the rest of the wall is moving along quickly. These red granite pots will sit atop each of these tower sections and below the wall will be a border of cascading lava rock.

A Unique Gift from Russia

Aum Namah Sivaya

We've recently received these pictures from Russia, of a delightful gift that Dinanatha and his team presented to Satguru during his stay in Russia (more photos to come). It is a set of Russian Dolls, also known as Matryoshka or Babushka dolls. For those that don't know, they are a set of wooden dolls that all stack inside one another. Traditionally each doll is hand painted, though that's not always the case today. This set has quite the mystical meaning, because within Bodhinatha resides every guru that has come before him. Aum Namah Sivaya

The World Is an Ashram

By Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami

Aum Namah Sivaya
As you may have noticed our site is still getting through its server upgrade. So for now please enjoy this video from Satguru, discussing how the world is a stage for our own evolution. Aum.

See You In a Few Days!

"It's very simple: the energy within our body is the same energy that pervades the universe, and it's all emanating right out of Lord Siva." -Gurudeva

Aloha Everyone,
Our monks will soon be entering their two-day retreat, and we're using that time to upgrade our server. So that means you might not see any new posts until the 25th. Hope you have a wonderful few days! Aum 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

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