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    2011 Mahasamadhi Puja: Gurudeva's 10th Mahasamadhi Anniversary

    The Guru's Great Departure is celebrated each year on the nakshatra of his transition. On this 10th year Mahasamadhi Gurudeva's life and legacy were honored with the publishing of his ...

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    2011 Mahasamadhi Havana

    Day 3 of the celebrations honoring the 10th anniversary of Gurudeva's Mahasamadhi. Footage of the parade around Iraivan temple; conches blowing and procession into innersanctum. ...

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    October 2011 News Video

    Our October 2011 news video covers events in August and September, including: Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami's travels to Trinidad and Guyana; the release of our latest book, The Guru Chronicles; two ...

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    04-03-04-Madurai.mov

    Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami is guest of honor at the graduation ceremony for Sri Skandaguru Vidyalayam at Tiruparakundram Murugan Temple just outside of Madurai, April 3, 2010. Bodhinatha is honoured and ...

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    03-23 Rishikesh-Haridwar.mov

    Bodhinatha visits the Natha Samparadaya center in Haridwar and then the ashram of Swami Avdeshananda of Juna Akhara, March 23, 2010 ...

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    03 21 Rishikesh

    Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami visits Divine Life Society, Rishikesh, and Parmath Niketan, March 21, 2010 ...

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    03-19-20-OmkaranandaAshram.mov

    Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami Arrives in Delhi, March 18, 2010, and proceeds directly to Rishikesh and Omkarananda Ashram ...

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    03-22 Rishikesh Day 3.mov

    Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami enjoys a sacred bath in the Ganges and participates in Siva worship at Parmath Niketan on March 22, 2010. ...

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    Bodhinatha Visits Mauritius, March 2010

    Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswamis visits Saiva Siddhanta Church, Mauritius Center, known as "The Spiritual Park." ...

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    Padapuja to Gurudeva, April 2009

    In honor of Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, founder of Kauai's Hindu Monastery, a padapuja is offered to express gratitude and invoke his subtle blessings for every living creature, everywhere. ...

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    July 2015 News Video

    Our July 2015 News Video covers events in June 2015, including: Satguru Bodhinatha's recent travels to Singapore and Malaysia for the Kumbamela festival, the placement of the 8 Satguru lineages' ...

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    Gurudeva Mahasamadhi Aratis, 2008

    Puja aratis (passing of the flame) during the annual October, 2008, observances in memory of the Mahasamadhi of Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami. Ceremonies performed by Kumar Gurukkal, a Sivacharya priest from ...

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    December 2012 News Video

    Our December 2012 news video covers events in November 2012, including: the 11th annual observances of Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami's mahasamadhi, our Skanda Shashthi festival and Iraivan Temple construction progress. ...

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    March 2013 News Video

    Our March 2013 new video covers event in February and March 2013 including: The Guru Chronicles audio book and Raj Narayan's visit, Martin Mosko and the Iraivan temple landscaping progress, ...

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    Interview with Dr. James George

    In September of 2011 Paramacharya Sadasivanatha and Sannyasin Senthilnathaswami flew to Toronto, Canada, for a rare meeting and interview with Dr. James George, who spent many moments with and was ...

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    2013 Gurudeva Mahasamadhi Observances

    Every year on the Chitra nakshatra in October-November, our Gurudeva, Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, the founder of Kauai's Hindu Monastery, is honored and remembered with special ceremony. The monks worked hard to ...

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    2014 November News Video

    Our November 2014 news video covers events in October 2014, including: Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami's 72nd Jayanti,(HELICOPTOR RIDE) our 2014 Gurudeva Mahasamadhi celebrations, Skanda Shashthi, Iraivan temple stone delivery, recent temple ...

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    April 2015 News Video

    Our April 2015 News Video covers events in March 2015, including: Paramaguru Yogaswami's mahasamadhi celebration, our recent progress on the Path of the Saiva Saints as we get ready to ...

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    The Guru Chronicles Audiobook

    Anyone on the spiritual path knows it's rare that the illumined lives of yogis and gurus are laid before us. We have but a handful: Autobiography of a Yogi; Milarepa: ...

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    Kailasa Parampara Guru Vandana with repeats

    A blank space in time is left after each verse to give time for you to repeat. For learning, it is always best not to try to sing or chant ...

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    Kailasa Parampara Guru Vandana

    A Chant to the Kailasa Preceptors Translation: The guru parampara that began with Sadasiva, that is filled with the bliss of Nandinatha; that radiates the Siddhantic light of Tirumlar, (1) ...

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    Gurudeva's Spiritual Visions

    There are always on the Earth a few rare souls who from birth are open to the mysteries within life and consciousness more than the rest of us. They become ...

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    04-01-Swamimalai.mov

    Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami visits Chidambaram Nataraj Temple, Tiruvavadhuturai Aadheenam and Swamimalai, April 1, 2010. ...

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    Satguru Bodhinatha Visist Pillaiyarpatti

    Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami visits Pillaiyarpati Temple in Tamil Nadu where he is greeted by Picchai Gurukal and Koviloor Swami, April 2, 2010. ...

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    03-25-28-Haridwar to Chennai.mov

    Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami travelled from Haridwar to Delhi to Chennai March 25 to 28, 2010, meeting with devotees, publishers and translators along the way. ...

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    03-24-Haridwar.mov

    Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami in Haridwar, March 24, 2010, as guest of Swami Avdeshananda during the Kumbha Mela. ...

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    MauritiusSeminar2010.mov

    Video summary of the March 14 all-day seminar by Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami at the Swami Vivekananda Convention Center in Mauritius ...

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    Bodhinatha Padapuja in Carlsbad

    Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami attended satsang and received padapuja from the devotees of the Southern California Saiva Siddhanta Church mission in Carlsbad, California. Video by Shailesh Trivedi. ...

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    Gurudeva clips for Mahasamadhi Celebrations 2008 - Part 1

    Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami speaks about many wonderful topics about Hinduism and the spiritual path, in a clip shown during the 2008 celebrations of his Mahasamadhi anniversary. ...

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    Gurudeva Mahasamadhi, 2012

    Clip of Gurudeva's Mahasamadhi observances held in October 2012 featuring Sri Rudram intonations by the monks, abhishegam of Gurudeva's Thiruvadi with holy water from the Kumbam and final arati. ...

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    December 2013 News Video

    Our December 2013 news video covers events in November 2013 including: Skanda Shashthi festival puja, an invitation to our 2014 Mauritius Innersearch Travel-Study Program, Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami's Publisher's Desk editorial ...

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    December 2015 News Video

    The December 2015 news video from Kauai's Hindu Monastery features our Mahasamadhi celebrations for Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, class from Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, Skanda Shashti abhishekam in Kadavul Temple, Kritikka Dipam ...

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    April 2016 Monthly News Video

    Our April 2016 video covers March news from Kauai Aadheenam. The monks celebrated Gurudeva's Siva Vision Day; hosted several taskforcers who spent several weeks with us, helping out in the ...

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    Gurudeva's Mahasamadhi Observance 2016

    The monks and devotees of Kauai's Hindu Monastery have completed this years mahasamadhi observance for Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami who left his body in September of 2001. A long-time church member ...

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    November 2016 News Video

    Our November 2016 news video covers events from October, 2016, including five brother monks from the BAPS Swaminarayan fellowship visiting the monastery; our satguru's 74th jayanthi celebrations and satguru Sivaya ...

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    November 2017 News Video

    Our November 2017 News video covers recent events in October 2017 including: our annual Gurudeva Mahasamadhi celebrations, Satguru Jayanti, Skanda Shasti and our upcoming Innersearch Travel study program to Sri ...

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    Deeper Perspectives and Monastic's Realization of the Self

    The more you can detach yourself from life the more you can avoid the ups and downs of life, but you don't want to detach too much, or you will ...

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    The Lessons of Water

    Bodhinatha talks about rain and water and their importance. We live by a river at the Aadheenam and it offers a lot: the mystical teaching of the soul's merger in ...

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    The Magic of the High EE

    Sometimes we don't hear the high "ee" sound. Gurudeva says it is only there when the subconscious mind is free of problems, conflict and unresolved issues. We know they are ...

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    Jayanthi Address

    Gurudeva's Shakti is so strong here at Kauai Aadheenam, stronger than any other place. Initiations are an important part of Saivism. It starts an inner process. The Paramachaya initiations of ...

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    Parents are the First Guru

    Parents are the first gurus. This will be my message to parents in Mauritius, Malaysia and Singapore when I visit them this September. Everything starts in the home. To change ...

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    Becoming Centered

    We welcome Swami Pragyanand from New Delhi, India. Merging with Siva talks about being thrown off center. Being off center is not a negative thing. It is a spiritual opportunity ...

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    What Is Our Heritage of Gurus?

    "Since the beginning of time, the power, or shakti, of God Siva has been carried forth by enlightened beings, satgurus." Spiritual progress is achieved through abhyasa, daily practice, and vairagya, dispassion. Dispassion is being detached enough to be getting happiness from inside ourself not outside from the world. Control ...

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    Valentine's Day to Lord Siva

    We received an invitation to give a blessing at the County Council meeting tomorrow. It'll be Valentine's Day. But what is Valentine's Day to a Hindu monk? We can turn ...

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    Cultivating Bhakti, or Devotion

    The beginning of Bhakti is our understanding of the temple and Deities and the three worlds. The goal is to become good friends with the Gods. You open up to ...

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    Cultivating Bhakti, or Devotion

    The beginning of Bhakti is our understanding of the temple and Deities and the three worlds. The goal is to become good friends with the Gods. You open up to ...

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    Moksha, Realizing God

    There is a misconception that one day we are experiencing zero percent God, then the next moment we are experiencing 100 percent God. Enlightenment doesn't just happen in an instant. ...

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    Pujas to Gurudeva

    Tomorrow is our monthly pada puja for Gurudeva on Chitra nakshatra. So, we're thinking about Gurudeva and the future. Gurudeva has been appearing in the monks dreams and talking about ...

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    Yoga Swamigal

    S. Ambikaipakam, born 1908 in Chunnakam, Sri Lanka, was a life-long close disciple of the great sage and yoga siddha of Sri Lanka, Siva Yogaswami. He was close to Swami ...

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    Austerity Part 2

    Bodhinatha elaborates on the four-fold concept of austerity, which Gurudeva defined as sadhana, penance, tapas and sacrifice. So, why bother performing austerities? It increases our speed on the spiritual path. ...

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    Austerity Part 3

    Bodhinatha elaborates on the four-fold concept of austerity, which Gurudeva defined as sadhana, penance, tapas and sacrifice. So, why bother performing austerities? It increases our speed on the spiritual path. ...

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    Need for Religion Part 1

    Gurudeva said there is a need for religion. Gurudeva at first just taught meditation, but then later he started teaching devotion and had everyone building temples. Gurudeva realized his devotees ...

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    Need for Religion Part 2

    Gurudeva said there is a need for religion. Gurudeva at first just taught meditation, but then later he started teaching devotion and had everyone building temples. Gurudeva realized his devotees ...

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    The Self is like Waking Up

    The Realization of Parasiva is like waking up from a dream during which you were dreaming that you weren't the Self. But you were all along. Claim it. Tamil word ...

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    Foundation of Bhakti

    Cybertalk: Bodhinatha reads from and gives bhashya on today's Master Course lesson of the Day from Gurudeva's trilogy, Dancing with Siva, Living with Siva and Merging with Siva. Lord Ganesha ...

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    Mahasivaratri Talk Part 1 Siva and Muruga

    Many devoted pilgrims are coming lately. One who came was focused entirely on the worship of Lord Murugan and doesn't worship Siva. Apparently some Saivites only worship Murugan. Why is ...

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    Mahasivaratri Talk Part 2 Being Siva

    Cybertalk: In Part 2 of his Mahasivaratri talk for 2002, Bodhinatha speaks more on both being Siva and being separate from Siva, the crux of monistic theism, our wonderful and ...

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    Mahasivaratri Talk Part 3 Realizing the Self

    In Part 3 of his Mahasivaratri talk for 2002, Bodhinatha quotes from Living with Siva on "the mission of the mission." A dynamic band of devas in the inner worlds guides and assists our ...

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    Communicating with a Departed Guru

    Drawing from the lesson of the day, we can send messages to departed loved ones in the inner worlds. Gurudeva said that chelas (close initiated disciples) communicate with their departed ...

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    Do I Now Have Two Gurus?

    A question came in by e-mail"Do I have two gurus now? Are both you and Gurudeva my guru?" Each guru works inwardly from the inner worlds with his initiated successor, ...

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    The Power of Consensualocracy

    Consensualocracy was conceived by Gurudeva as a system of government or management by intelligent cooperation based on a shared vision and adherence to dharma. It is the preferred way of ...

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    Passing Your Knowledge On

    The Master Course lesson of the day and the sutra are on the senior monastics accepting new monastics for training. We have a duty to pass the wisdom of our ...

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    Kauai Aadheenam's Vibration

    We have had some recent visitors to the monastery who have been praising us for the experience they have when they come here. Gurudeva's wonderful technique of passing on the ...

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    California Trip April 2002

    Bodhinatha begins by talking about his recent visit to our Church mission in Northern California and the Palaniswami Siva-Murugan Temple in Concord. At the mission satsang, he introduced a new ...

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    Our People

    A letter in Hinduism Today used the phrase "our people." Gurudeva never used this phrase. He reached out to everyone he encountered making no distinction. He also helped people broaden the ...

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    Gurudeva's Spiritual Toolbox

    Gurudeva said you can either use these tools, or hang them on the wall. The Yamas and Niyamas are two of these tools. When you get to these chapters in ...

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    Creating a Family Plan Part 1

    Nartana ritau, the season from mid-April to mid-August, is the season for planning. Gurudeva put emphasis on the three seasons, as he liked variety, and Bodhinatha tells us all about ...

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    Controlling Anger part 1

    In part one of a talk on anger, Bodhinatha speaks of the various levels of difficulty people have with this instinctive state of consciousness. Gurudeva gave some very useful suggestions ...

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    Controlling Anger part 2

    In part two of his talk on anger, Bodhinatha refers back to a trip Gurudeva made to Malaysia in June 2000. Before Gurudeva left he was thinking positively about the ...

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    Yogaswami

    He strode powerfully along the roads and fields of his island each day, and those who saw him coming would move warily to the other side, avoiding the man whose ...

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    The Guru Chronicles

    Anyone on the spiritual path knows it's rare that the illumined lives of yogis and gurus are laid before us. We have but a handful: Autobiography of a Yogi; Milarepa: ...

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    Tirumantiram

    The Tirumantiram, literally "Holy incantation," is the Nandinatha Sampradaya's oldest Tamil scripture, written ca 200 bce by Rishi Tirumular. It is the earliest of the Tirumurai, and a vast storehouse of ...

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    Words of Our Master

    Yogar Swamigal was perhaps the greatest of the mystics that lived iin recent times. He was immaculate in appearance as he was pure in thought. The silver-white hair and beard ...

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    Testament of Truth

    A rich compendium of the life, utterances and teachings of one of the 20th century's greatest Hindu mystics and saints: Siva Yogaswami. Ma Navaratnam covers his life and teaching drawing ...

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    Vows (Vegetarian) part 2 of 4

    Part 2 of 4Bodhinatha talks on vratas, or vows. There are two kinds of vratas, vows that are taken for specific periods of time, such as festivals, and permanent vows. ...

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    Vows (Parampara) part 3 of 4

    Part 3 of 4Bodhinatha continues his talk on vratas, vows, with the parampara vrata, vowing loyalty to one's lineage and not studying the teachings of other lineages. This powerful vrata ...

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    Edmonton Temple -Yogaswami

    Edmonton temple visit, liken to Alaveddy, Sri Lanka. Satguru Sivayogaswami, elders speak of, story told. Mahavakiyams-Know thyself. ...

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    News from Cinncinatti trip. Yogaswami Stories

    Bodhinatha describes his trip to Cincinnati for permanent installation of a Murthi of Muruga gifted years ago by Gurudeva to the temple there. He links the Cincinnati devotees to Sri ...

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    Darshan's Mystic Power

    Darshan, experiencing through vision, seeing and perception, the Deity's darshan, the Guru's darshan. Asian Tsunami of 2004 and A message to Toronto devotees for Sri Sivayogaswami's Maha Samadhi Festival, from ...

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    Stories of the Kailasa Parampara

    Bodhinatha presents a talk concerning the Kailasa Parampara. Gurudeva's first meeting with Yogaswami presented including that Gurudeva had a vision of Yogaswami before they met in person. Yogaswami stories about ...

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    Siva is All Pervasive Love-Yogaswami Stories

    Bodhinatha opens his talk with questions from the "Saiva Vina Vidai" and then tells a Yogaswami story- What is the one thing that God cannot do? Another Yogaswami story is then related ...

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    The Importance of Obeying One's Guru, part two

    Bodhinatha continues with part two of his talk on obeying the guru. He describes the meaning of obedience and how it involves acceptance and intelligent cooperation. He reads sections from ...

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    Yogaswami and one's relationship to the guru.

    Bodhinatha relates stories about Paramaguru Yogaswami. These stories illustrate profound truths drawn from Swami's legacy such as: God is within and without, You are He, What is the one thing ...

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    Why Bodhinatha became a Hindu

    Bodhinatha talks about the recent symposium on Hinduism at the Pittsburgh temple. Some asked Bodhinatha why he became a Hindu. In addition to a routine response, he came up with ...

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    Origin of Karma Management

    Bodhinatha tells the story of the origin of the Karma Management seminar idea. Additionally he talks about enlightenment and dispels the common misconception that it happens instantaneously. He elaborates on ...

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    Revealed Scriptures

    Bodhinatha speaks about Hinduism's revealed scriptures, the Vedas and Agamas. These are called sruti, "that which is heard." This ties into the 6th niyama, siddhanta sravana, which is literally scriptural "listening." The transferrence ...

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    Welcome to the Jivana Ritau

    Welcome to the Jivana Ritau! Why did Gurudeva give us the three ritau system? Because he liked variety, change, for everything not to just remain the same all the time. ...

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    Responsiveness

    Responsiveness is important on the spiritual path, both in the monastery and in the family home. Bodhinatha talks about feelings of rebellion when approached with a suggestion and the importance ...

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    Gurudeva Mahasamadhi Observance Sneak Peak

    We're beginning to think about the upcoming first anniversary observance of Gurudeva's mahasamadhi. Bodhinatha tells us of the phase full of activities we'll be having for the many pilgrims who ...

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    Be Firm but Kind with Children

    Cybertalk: Bodhinatha gives a wonderful upadesha based on the Living with Siva lesson of the day (178) called "Be Firm but Kind." This is one of the Positive Discipline principles. Children today must ...

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    Bodhinatha's Travels to Mauritius part 2

    Bodhinatha continues his narrative of his visit to Mauritius (part 2). At a Siva temple Bodhinatha gave a talk on God Siva as the perfect parent. At the Mardemootoo family ...

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    Enduring Happiness

    Redirecting and transmuting desire is discussed for the occasion of the 43rd anniversary of Yogaswami's Mahasamadhi. How to pass on His wisdom to youth and children to inspire them to ...

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    Honoring the Mayor of Kauai

    Bodhinatha gives news of a dinner at the Marriott Hotel which he and another monk attended in honor of our island's mayor who is about to leave office after eight ...

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    Gurudeva's Mahavakya Part 1

    Bodhinatha welcomes everyone to the first annual observances of Gurudeva's mahasamadhi with a talk on the mahavakya, or great sayings. Citing several classics from the Upanishads, Bodhinatha repeats and elucidates ...

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    Gurudeva's Mahavakya Part 2

    Bodhiantha continues in Part 2 of his talk on the mahavakya, or great sayings, of our guru parampara. This part is on Gurudeva's mahavakya, split into five groups, with a ...

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    Honoring Gurudeva at Lydgate Park

    At the Lydgate Park event honoring Gurudeva, Bodhinatha addressed the public regarding the monastery's intention to continue all the wonderful community contributions that Gurudeva set in motion when he was ...

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    The Future of Our Monastery (November 2011)

    Bodhinatha gives a general overview of his travels and the progress of the mission of Kauai Aadheenam in publicaitons and in our missions overseas ...

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    Malaysia Conference

    Bodhinatha speaks about an event he has been invited to by the Malaysia Hindu Sangam called "Hindu Renaissance Event," scheduled for January 26, 2003 in Kuala Lumpur. Hindus in Malaysia are faced ...

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    Malaysia Conference Part 2

    Bodhinatha continues his talk about unethical and ethical religious conversion and cites a number of very useful quotes from Gurudeva's recent book, How to Become a Hindu. Gurudeva encourages religious ...

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    Hindu Culture and the Temple

    Bodhinatha speaks on Hindu culture, the theme of the Jivana Ritau, and begins with Gurudeva's central thoughts on culture which are captured in the five Living with Siva sutras on ...

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    State of the Church Address, 2003

    Bodhinatha gives the Annual State of the Church Address by the Guru Mahasannidhanam of Kauai Aadheenam. He reviewed the progress of 2002 including new students and members. and presented the ...

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    How Does Moksha Ritau Apply to Family Life?

    Part 1 of 4 - Bodhinatha talks about the moksha ritau, the cool season and one-third of the year when we focus on the inside of ourselves and making improvements ...

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    Staying in Touch with Gurudeva and Facing Karma

    Bodhinatha talks about ways of staying in touch with Gurudeva, such as through our monthly guru puja and reading Gurudeva's teachings. Next he discusses the natural patterns of life's karmas ...

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    State of the Church Address 2003, Part 1

    Bodhinatha reviews last year's State of the Church message and discusses how each Church focus has been fulfilled. The three focuses were bringing in new members, printing The Master Course ...

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    State of the Church Address 2003, Part 3

    In part 3 of his State of the Church address for 2003, Bodhinatha continues with two more of the Church's focuses for the coming yearTaking the wood and sand down ...

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    State of the Church Address 2003, Part 4

    Part 4 of Bodhinatha's State of the Church Address for 2003 discusses sadhana follow-up for members, primary focuses being on the Maha Vasana Daha Tantra, the annual vasana daha tantra, ...

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    Uplifting Those Who Don't Want to Be Uplifted

    Many of our members take care of elderly parents, which can be a stressful situation if the parent is in a negative state of mind and refuses to budge from ...

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    Strengthening Hinduism in Your Community

    Bodhinatha delivers a wonderful talk which he will be giving at the Hindu Renaissance 2, the second rally on Hindu Rennaisance organized by the Malaysian Hindu Sangam. Gurudeva encouraged Hindus ...

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    Malaysia-Singapore Visit Report Part 3

    Bodhinatha continues his report on his visit to Malaysia and Singapore (part 3). Bodhinatha attended a large Hindu Renaissance event, where he noticed how abstract and complicated Hinduism can be ...

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    Malaysia-Singapore Visit Report Part 4

    Bodhinatha continues his report on his visit to Malaysia and Singapore (part 4). Bodhinatha enjoyed satsang in Klang, which experienced an overflow of devotees. Iraivan Day was a grand success, ...

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    Darshan Goes Both Ways

    Reading from Gurudeva's upadesha on darshan, Bodhinatha delves into Gurudeva's special insights on the spiritual darshan of the guru. The concept of darshan goes beyond the devotee's seeing of the ...

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    Don't Get Stuck in the Mud

    One reaction many face in life is the feeling of being unworthy and wanting to give up in our spiritual efforts. This feeling of despair can make a person feel ...

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    Our True Soul Identity

    The first mandala from Dancing with Siva speaks on Self-realization, "Know Thy Self," a core teaching of our Guru Parampara and many Hindu traditions that are monistic in some form. Bodhinatha reads ...

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    How to See God Everywhere

    Bodhinatha continues his exploration of sloka 1 from Dancing with Siva with sentences 2 and 3 - "We came from God, live in God, and are evolving into oneness with God. We are in Truth, the truth we seek." God is our life, the Life of our life, and an important ...

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    Positive Attitudes for Positive Spiritual Progress

    Bodhinatha reads sloka 2 of Dancing with Siva - "Where am I going? What is my path?" The Hindu spiritual path can be described in three simple ways - becoming a better person, learning from our experiences, ...

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    Gurudeva's Description of the Self

    Siva exists in three perfectionsas the personal God, as omnipresent consciousness and as the transcendent Self. One of the many unique teachings Gurudeva gave us was a very accurate description ...

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    The Importance of Knowing Thy Self

    Finding our spiritual identity, "Knowing Thy Self," is not a concept at the forefront of the world's mind. With knowledge so readily available, people fill themselves up with knowledge about so many ...

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    Mahasivaratri, 2003, Part 1, Meditation

    Mahasivaratri, Part 1 of 3Meditation and Mahasivaratri. Bodhinatha remarks how special Gurudeva's talk was which we played tonight, then goes on to give a wonderful upadesha about how the inner ...

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    Mahasivaratri, 2003, Part 2

    Mahasivaratri, Part 2 of 3, Yogaswami as an Example of Saiva Siddhanta. Bodhinatha acknowledges the presence of some special guests from Canada who were close to Yogaswami, Gurudeva's guru, and ...

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    Mahasivaratri, 2003, Part 3

    Mahasivaratri, Part 3 of 3, Being Still. Bodhinatha elucidates some wonderful quotes from Yogaswami on the theme of "summa iru," which means "be still" in Tamil, one of Yogaswami's mahavakyas, or great ...

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    Affirmation Part 2 -- Remolding the Subconscious

    Part 2 of 3 Remolding the Subconscious through Affirmation. This is a two-part process. The first is vasana daha tantra, writing down the past and burning it. The second part ...

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    Affirmation Part 3-- Family affirmation. Sharing Life Decisions with God, Gods and Guru

    Affirmation Part 3 of 3. Gurudeva developed an affirmation for his married devotees and just finished editing it just a few weeks before his mahasamadhi. Bodhinatha shares this affirmation with ...

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    Saiva Siddhanta, a Path of Knowing Thyself

    Bodhinatha is getting ready for his trip to Toronto, Canada. His talk is titled "Saiva Siddhanta A Path of Knowing Thyself". In summarySaiva Siddhanta focuses on both devotion to God and meditation. Siva Yogaswami was ...

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    Yama 5 - Kshama, Patience

    Yama number 5 - kshama, patience. The youth group in Malaysia is focusing on the yamas and niyamas as the basics for successful temple worship. There are many opportunities to ...

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    Toronto Trip Summary

    Bodhinatha had a wonderful trip to Toronto. Everyone was very devotional, especially at the pada pujas. One letter from a president of one of the societies spoke on Bodhinatha, Gurudeva ...

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    Niyama 2 - Santosha, Contentment

    Bodhinatha speaks on santosha, contentment. This niyama is about being content and happy on the inside of ourselves no matter what happens on the outside. Unfulfilled desires keep us from ...

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    Putting Gurudeva's Teachings to the Best Use, Part 4

    Bodhinatha continues his Gurudeva mahasamadhi observances class with this part on the importance of The Master Course Trilogy in helping us establish our foundation of philosophical understanding (Dancing with Siva) ...

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    Niyama 6 - Siddhanta Shravana

    The niyama of siddhanta shravana involves studying and listening to learned people, our primary scriptures, the Vedas, and other holy texts. This guides us to become more spiritual people. But ...

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    The Role of the Guru

    Choose a sect of Hinduism and a guru and dedicate yourself to him. The need for a guru is preeminent in Saiva Siddhanta. A guru focuses on our weakest areas, ...

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    Improving Our Behavior with the Help of the Guru - Part 1

    Part 1 of 7 - Bodhinatha gives a class during Guru Purnima on the role of the guru. The guru has five major tasks, to provide encouragement to keep striving, ...

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    Improving Our Behavior with the Help of the Guru - Part 2

    Part 2 of 7 - Continuing Bodhinatha's first Guru Purnima class on the role of the guru, focusing on the guru's major task of helping us improve our behavior by ...

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    Improving Our Behavior with the Help of the Guru - Part 3

    Part 3 of 7 - Continuing Bodhinatha's first Guru Purnima class on the role of the guru, Bodhinatha says that worship and meditation are important in spiritual life, but a ...

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    Improving Our Behavior with the Help of the Guru Part 4

    Part 4 of 7 - Continuing Bodhinatha's first Guru Purnima class on the role of the guru and his task of helping us improve our behavior, we look at rung ...

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    Improving Our Behavior with the Help of the Guru Part 5

    Part 5 of 7 - Continuing Bodhinatha's first Guru Purnima class on the role of the guru and his task of helping us improve our behavior, Bodhinatha tells us that ...

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    Improving Our Behavior with the Help of the Guru Part 6

    Part 6 of 7 - Continuing Bodhinatha's first Guru Purnima class on the role of the guru and his task of helping us improve our behavior, Bodhinatha talks about the ...

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    Improving Our Behavior with the Help of the Guru Part 7

    Part 7 of 7 - Continuing Bodhinatha's first Guru Purnima class on the role of the guru and his task of helping us improve our behavior, Bodhinatha explains that part ...

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    Becoming a More Spiritual Person Part 1

    Part 1 of 3 - Bodhinatha gives a second class during Guru Purnima on the role of the guru. Beginning with a glorious quote from Gurudeva about the spirit of ...

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    Becoming a More Spiritual Person Part 2

    Part 2 of 3 - Bodhinatha continues his second class during Guru Purnima, talking about becoming a more spiritual person and how we can do that through learning from our ...

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    Becoming a More Spiritual Person Part 3

    Part 3 of 3 - Bodhinatha continues his second class during Guru Purnima, talking more about not making the same mistake twice. Using the yamas and niyamas as a reference ...

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    Niyama 7 - Mati, Cognition

    Bodhinatha speaks about the niyama mati, cognition. He urges seekers to develop a spiritual will and intellect with their guru's guidance. Part of mati involves cultivating and awakening our intuition, ...

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    Niyama 8 - Vrata, Vows

    Bodhinatha speaks on the eighth niyama, vrata, the practice of taking vows to ourselves, to the inner worlds and to family and community. Vows are a sacred trust. There are ...

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    Niyama 9 - Japa, Recitation

    Bodhinatha speaks on the niyama of japa, the many dimensions of the sacred science of chanting a mantra, a holy syllable, word or sentence again and again. Often japa is ...

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    Yama 1 - Ahimsa

    Bodhinatha speaks on the first yama, ahimsa, which is noninjury in thought, word and deed. The law of karma decrees that it is wise not to harm or hurt others, ...

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    Resolving Difficulties with Others

    Gurudeva sanctioned the prayaschitta of walking prostrations for pilgrims and members who come to Kauai Aadheenam. The Jivana Ritau is a study of Living with Siva, and of the sutras ...

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    Putting Gurudeva's Teachings to the Best Use, Part 1

    Bodhinatha holds a class during Gurudeva's mahasamadhi observances about Gurudeva continues to live on in all of our lives since his mahasamadhi. Part 1 is about how Gurudeva influences us ...

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    Putting Gurudeva's Teachings to the Best Use, Part 2

    Bodhinatha continues his Gurudeva mahasamadhi observances class with this part on how Gurudeva continues to influence us by his teachings. All who continue to put into practice the teachings he ...

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    Putting Gurudeva's Teachings to the Best Use, Part 3

    Bodhinatha continues his Gurudeva mahasamadhi observances class with this part on ashtanga yoga, which is the teaching of our Nandinatha Sampradaya's Kailasa Parampara. When you go to study yoga somewhere ...

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    Putting Gurudeva's Teachings to the Best Use, Part 5

    Bodhinatha continues his Gurudeva mahasamadhi observances class with this part on how to explain the purpose of Hinduism to non-HindusHinduism teaches us how to become a better person, improve our ...

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    Who Are the Devas?

    Religion is the working together of the beings in the three worlds. The first way we actually experience something of a divine nature, the power and energy in a temple, ...

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    God is Love; Putting This Into Practice

    The deepest perception of Love: Love is the ultimate Truth. Our Affirmation of Faith: "God Siva is Immanent Love and Transcendent Reality." You are also that Love, you are also God Siva. There's only one Being and ...

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    Harnessing Reaction; Live in the Box of Dharma

    Responding and handling karma when feeling mistreated. The goal: insight into our self, get into a more refined cycle of life. Harness instinctive and intellectual reaction and forgive, karma's totally ...

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    Breath is a Key to Meditation

    Realize the bi-directional inter-relatedness of the mind and the breathing. Practice! Regulate your breathing, it stills down the mind in a very natural way. Still down the mind, it regulates ...

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    Nine Ways to Merge with Siva; the Nature of Liberation

    The celebration of Mahasivaratri is to have a deeper experience of God. Realization, liberation and merger. Nine progressive ways to merge with Siva. Parasiva, the eighth: becoming and being timeless, ...

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    Sadhana Path of Change

    Follow Gurudeva's teachings in a serious way; take up a daily vigil, sandhya vandana, worshiping at the change of days (sunrise and sunset). It takes time to change and master ...

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    Keys and Benefits of Meditation

    Meditation: Transmute the physical and emotional forces. Quiet the intellect, slow down thinking. Tune into the spiritual energy of the spine, experience intuition, answers attach to the end of each ...

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    Bhakti, Devotion, the Key to Meditation

    It's easier to meditate after puja. If you try and practice meditation without devotional practice you can build up the ego and spiritual pride. External and internal worship. Give up ...

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    Staying in Tune with Superconsciousness

    By having a strong habit of a daily religious practice we don't lose contact with with superconscious by the demands of the external. Saying and believing, "I'm all right right now," influences the flow ...

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    The Mission of the Mission - Our Monastic Order

    Bodhinatha comments on lesson 331 from Living with Siva in which Gurudeva describes the spiritual inner work of his monastic order and the general guideline for how they live and ...

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    Yoga: Restraint of Mental Activity

    Yoga is not about the body, it's about nirodhah, restraint of mental activity. When we sit to meditate we transmute force out of the physical into the mental, raising our ...

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    Patanjali: Practice to Achieve Samadhi

    Bodhinatha continues with his commentary on Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. We learn to control the mind through practice, detachment, the achievement of steadiness. Progress toward samadhi depends upon interest, priority and ...

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    The Difference in Practice of Theism and Monism

    During a puja we're in Theism, to receive the blessings of the Deity. After a puja we can go within our self in meditation, giving up the idea of an ...

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    Eight Features of the Natha Sampradaya

    We have to discover that part of us that is the Self. One of the important benefits of temple worship is it softens the ego. Recognize and love a Being ...

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    Sadhana of Creating Positive Plans

    Gurudeva announces the start of Guru Jayanthi, going on to better and best. He gives the sadhana of creating positive plans for every month, and how not to block them ...

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    Eight Features of Natha Sampradaya (Version 2)

    Don't put the search for the innermost divine Self in the future tense. You are Brahman. We're already identical with Siva. Kundalini is a slow awakening. Shum meditation gives you ...

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    Four Places In Which to See God

    Where and how to look for Divinity. Four places to see God: In great teachers, in other people, in the temple, inside yourself. The seed of divinity is in all ...

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    Sleep and Dreams: The Continuity Of Consciousness

    Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami reads this chapter from his book Merging with Siva ...

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    Sleep and Dreams: Shared Dreams; Inner Darkness

    Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami reads this chapter from his book Merging with Siva ...

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    The Guru Parampara

    Today Gurudeva talks about how his predecessors, his guru parampara, was driven by "soul force," as are all people with a mission in life. Get the teachings from Dancing with Siva ...

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    Choose One Lineage and Follow it

    Today there is a new feature on Gurudeva's daily upadesha. He recently began having his monks translate the upadesh into their native language. These show here as separate buttons, so ...

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    Meditation

    Today Gurudeva answers a question about on belonging to different Hindu organizations and the same time. He explains the value of following a single parampara, tradition. He explains more about ...

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    Spirit of the Kailasa Parampara

    Gurudeva talks on the spirit of the Parampara covering various topics: Spirit of the Guru passed on; Purpose of guru, spirit of sampradaya handed down; Nandinatha Sutras, knowledge of parampara; ...

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    Twelve Beliefs of Saivism

    Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami defines the purpose of Saiva Siddhanta Church which is dedicated , working hand-in-hand with the Gods and Devas, to disseminate Saivism to the world. He guides us ...

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    The Great Story of Awareness

    Master Course recording. Chapter 1. Gurudeva defines who is a mystic and what awareness is. Gurudeva elaborates on 5 states of mind, Self Realization, darshan. Dedication: This course is dedicated ...

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    The Making of a Master

    Master Course Recording. Chapter 2, Gurudeva describes his catalysts and the systematic process of unfoldment. Yogaswami. Initiation. Study Guide: Cultivate the great art of doing nothing. Before listening to Master, ...

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    The Two Paths

    Master Course Recording. Chapter 11. Odic and actinic forces. Move awareness into simshumbisi, sushumna. Difference and similarities between man and woman. Ida and pingala. Sannyasin ideals. Attitude toward family life. ...

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    The Language of Meditation

    Master Course Recording. Chapter 12. Religion is the result of evolution. Are you a Hindu soul? Saivite lifestyle, Saivite thinking. Tirukural. Summa. Kanif. Become a natye. Meditation as a fine ...

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    The River of Life

    Master Course Recording. Chapter 4. Light of spine like Christmas tree. Kundalini shakti. Life as a sacred river. Lean on own spine. Move and detach awareness. Areas of mind. Become ...

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    How Gurudeva Became a Hindu

    Timed perfectly with the finishing of Gurudeva's new book, "How I Became A Hindu," Gurudeva tells tellingly of how he became a Hindu, of his early training in the US, of his travel to ...

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    Native American Gurus

    A young cyber devotee asks Gurudeva's perspective on whether a Hindu could be guided by a Native American spiritual guide. ...

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    Playing with Fire

    Gurudeva advises and e-devotee who was initiated into Kundalini Yoga to adhere closely to the guidance and teachings of his initiating guru. Gurudeva explains that it would be improper for ...

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    Meditation

    Today Gurudeva answers a question about on belonging to different Hindu organizations and the same time. He explains the value of following a single parampara, tradition. He explains more about ...

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    2001, 75th Jayanthi Talk, Part 4

    A guru, a Satguru is like a knife. He is like a pen. He is like a pencil. ...

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    2001, 75th Jayanthi Talk, Part 4

    A guru, a Satguru is like a knife. He is like a pen. He is like a pencil. ...

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    Genetic Engineering, Can one have two Gurus?, How do we get to the astral plane?

    The first question comes from Holland where a cyber devotee wishes to know Hinduism Today's view on genetic engineering. Gurudeva says that a lot of in depth study and research ...

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    Sacred leaves for pada puja; Should one have a Guru who is alive?

    A cyber cadet in Malaysia wonders if it is ok to use sacred leaves for a pada puja. Gurudeva says that it is fine and that he is creating a ...

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    Sacred leaves for pada puja , Should one have a Guru who is alive?, Is everything that happens good?

    A cyber cadet in Malaysia wonders if it is ok to use sacred leaves for a pada puja. Gurudeva says that it is fine and that he is creating a ...

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    Qualities of a Guru; Heaven and Hell

    A cyber devotee asks how does one tell the qualities of a guru. Gurudeva says that those who surround the guru are a reflection of his inner qualitites. The duty ...

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    A Destiny with Suicide; Whose Nada do I hear?

    A cyber cadet in Chennai asks if it is in our destiny to commit suicide then what should we do. Gurudeva says that the concept of destiny has nothing to ...

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    Arthur Pacheco interviews Gurudeva Part 1

    Today's cybertalk is a radio interview with Gurudeva conducted by Arthur Pacheco of station K-108 in Honolulu. This interview is in many parts and in the first part today Arthur ...

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    Arthur Pacheco interviews Gurudeva Part 2

    Today's cybertalk is a radio interview with Gurudeva conducted by Arthur Pacheco. Arthur Pacheco conducts a weekly radio show in Honolulu, Hawaii and is also a trans-medium. This interview is ...

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    Arthur Pacheco interviews Gurudeva Part 3

    Today's cybertalk is a radio interview with Gurudeva conducted by Arthur Pacheco. Arthur Pacheco conducts a weekly radio show in Honolulu, Hawaii and is also a trance-medium. This interview is ...

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    Arthur Pacheco interviews Gurudeva Part 4

    Today's cybertalk is a radio interview with Gurudeva conducted by Arthur Pacheco. Arthur Pacheco conducts a weekly radio show in Honolulu, Hawaii and is also a trans-medium. This interview is ...

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    Arthur Pacheco interviews Gurudeva Part 5

    Today's cybertalk is part five of a radio interview with Gurudeva conducted by Arthur Pacheco. Arthur Pacheco conducts a weekly radio show in Honolulu, Hawaii and is also a trans-medium. ...

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    Arthur Pacheco interviews Gurudeva Part 6

    Today's cybertalk is part six of a radio interview with Gurudeva conducted by Arthur Pacheco. Arthur Pacheco conducts a weekly radio show in Honolulu, Hawaii and is also a trans-medium. ...

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    Arthur Pacheco interviews Gurudeva Part 8

    Today's cybertalk is part eight of a radio interview with Gurudeva conducted by Arthur Pacheco. Arthur Pacheco conducts a weekly radio show in Honolulu, Hawaii and is also a trans-medium. ...

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    Arthur Pacheco interviews Gurudeva Part 9

    Today's cybertalk is a radio interview with Gurudeva conducted by Arthur Pacheco. Arthur Pacheco conducts a weekly radio show in Honolulu, Hawaii and is also a trans-medium. This interview is ...

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    Arthur Pacheco interviews Gurudeva Part 10

    Today's cybertalk is part ten of a radio interview with Gurudeva conducted by Arthur Pacheco. Arthur Pacheco conducts a weekly radio show in Honolulu, Hawaii and is also a trans-medium. ...

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    Disciple's best gift to a Guru

    A cyberspace devotee asks what is the best gift a disciple can give his guru. Gurudeva says intelligent corporation is the best way to serve one's guru and by being ...

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    Performance of Japa; Pranayama

    A cyberspace devotee in Singapore wants to know why the middle finger is used to move the beads when performing japa. Gurudeva says that the index finger is not used ...

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    Gurudeva Interviewed by Loni Petranek, Part 1

    This is a radio interview conducted by Loni Petranek with Gurudeva. The interview gives an overview of Gurudeva's worldwide mission. In the first part today Loni introduces Gurudeva to her ...

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    Gurudeva Interviewed by Loni Petranek, Part II

    This is Part II of a radio interview conducted by Loni Petranek with Gurudeva. The interview gives an overview of Gurudeva's worldwide mission. Today Loni asks Gurudeva to tell a ...

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    Gurudeva Interviewed by Loni Petranek Part III

    This is a radio interview conducted by Loni Petranek with Gurudeva. The interview gives an overview of Gurudeva's worldwide mission. In the third part today Gurudeva shares with Loni and ...

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    Gurudeva Interviewed by Loni Petranek, Part IV

    This is a radio interview conducted by Loni Petranek with Gurudeva. The interview gives an overview of Gurudeva's worldwide mission. In the fourth part today Loni asks Gurudeva to share ...

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    Escaping the External World; Why the cow knocked Satguru Sivayogaswami?

    Cyberspace devotee wonders if the reading of religious books and the listening to religious music is an escape from the world. Gurudeva says it is an escape from the external ...

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    Escaping the External World; Why the cow knocked Satguru Sivayogaswami?

    Cyberspace devotee wonders if the reading of religious books and the listening to religious music is an escape from the world. Gurudeva says it is an escape from the external ...

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    Making the Right Choice

    Mohana Das from Malaysia asks if one passes on is he born into the same lineage. Gurudeva says that this is usually the case for if not it would be ...

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    Kauai's love for Gurudeva

    Gurudeva taught us the importance of giving to the community in which we live, and Bodhinatha discusses various activities that the monastery is involved in with the local island community. ...

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    See God by Guru's Grace

    In Hinduism believing in God is only the first step. Hindus want to move beyond just believing to experiencing the Divine for themselves. Through the power of the guru's grace, ...

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    The Many Benefits of Temple Worship

    The most important teaching of Gurudeva: "Siva's followers strive for God Realization as the first and foremost goal of life." Gurudeva's mystic and psychic abilities. Gurudeva is the only teacher in modern time to stress temple worship. How the temple works and the ...

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    Find Your Divinity Within, Do Sadhana and Service

    We don't have to do anything to become God. Religion gives us an age-old, well proven structure to move forward. Daily vigil is the discipline, practice and the maturing of ...

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    Classical Definition of Yoga

    The Yoga Pada of Gurudeva related to Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. The goal is to restrain the vrittis. Awareness, I am, the essential nature. Svarupa and vritti sarupa. Restraint through consistent, ...

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    Conduct, thoughts, life-cycles

    When we think about someone, we're sending a thought form to that person. Start with: "I need to be sending positive thoughts to others." Negative habits, based on recurring cycles, can be avoided by sustaining sadhana. Spiritual practices ...

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    The Guru Chronicles Audio Book - Introduction

    This is an excerpt (the introduction) from The Guru Chronicles Audio Book. The complete audio book is available on an 8GB USB thumb drive that contains The Guru Chronicles Audio ...

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    Darshan: Seeing and Being Seen

    Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami reads from chapter 303 of Sivaya Subramuniyaswami's book, Merging with Siva, discussing the mystical mechanics of darshan, meaning "vision, seeing or perception." ...

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    Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyswami Ashtottara

    Click here to get the PDF and all other links to our Sanskrit chants. ...

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    The Guru Chronicles - Tamil

    Translated by Ram Prasad Lakshmana Rao, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. Anyone on the spiritual path knows it's rare that the illumined lives of yogis and gurus are laid before us. ...