Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami


“Lord of wisdom” or “chief among the awakened ones.” A statue of the current abbot of Kauai’s Hindu Monastery, 163rd Jagadacharya of the Nandinatha Sampradaya’s Kailasa Parampara. Bodhinatha was ordained by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami on October 21, 2001. Gurudeva had designated Bodhinatha, the senior monk of his order, as his successor in 1995, and from that time gradually turned over to him the responsibilities of that esteemed religious post. Born in Berkeley, California, on October 15, 1942, Bodhinatha began spiritual studies in 1960 with the Self Realization Fellowship and the Vedanta Society with a deep interest in monastic life. He met Gurudeva at the Mountain Desert Monastery in September of 1964, in Virginia City, Nevada, stating at this first meeting his desire to realize God. Bodhinatha entered the monastery in June of 1965. He travels extensively in service to the worldwide fellowship of Saiva Siddhanta Church.

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