amaste, Vanakkam and Aloha
We are happy to announce the release of a series of videos by Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami offering his insights into various subjects from Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami's Trilogy series and related Master Course subjects.
Bringing the Parampara’s Wisdom Into Your Home
Over the last century-plus, the gurus of our lineage have been asked most of the possible questions about both spiritual and worldly life. True, once in a while a devotee has surprised them with something new, but, generally speaking, our questions have been asked—and answered—before. In his new series of short video presentation, Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami brings you the parampara’s collective wisdom to 13 common areas of concern and inquiry. The videos also serve as an introduction to the teachings of Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, as found in his Master Course trilogy: Dancing with Siva, Living with Siva and Merging with Siva. The presentations range from 12 to 20 minutes, with one in-depth, 45-minute one called Karma Yoga. All easy enough to digest in a single sitting. They are graphically rich and therefore particularly appealing to the current generation of Hindus. Click here to see them all at our Himalayan Academy web site.
What We Want to Know
Possibly the most common question Bodhinatha gets—and Gurudeva and Yogaswami before him—is, “How do I find time for spiritual practice?” “Everyday happenings offer abundant opportunities to evolve,” is his response in the talk, The World is an Ashram. First, he explains, are those opportunities to respond in a spiritual manner. For example, if someone mistreats us, we can practice forgiveness and respond with kindness. Likewise, we can find a spiritual response to facing our own mistakes, accomplishing difficult projects, even gossip and backbiting. On the proactive side, we can in ordinary life see God in everyone, as Yogaswami recommends below, rather than saying, “This man is a robber. That man over there a drunkard.” We can seek out opportunities to serve others, to show appreciation and offer hospitality. Bodhinatha concludes, “Having a great day needs to mean more than getting a bonus at work or an A on a school test. If should include the spiritual progress you made that day through effectively facing life’s challenges and the way in which you helped and uplifted other.”
Book mark this link to view all talks. Or click on any one below.
- When Kids Embrace Hinduism: For best results in passing on your faith, present concepts as life-enhancing tools rather than life-restricting rules.
- Karma Yoga: An in-depth look at the Hindu path of selfless service.
- Advancing Through Life's Four Stages: Applying the wisdom of ashrama dharma lends dignity and increasing purpose to every decade of life, but requires some new thinking.
- Affirmations: We mold our lives constantly by what we think and say. With positive affirmation, you can harness this creative force to improve your life.
- Letting Go Of Past And Future: A peaceful and effective life is waiting for those who undertake the not-so-easy work required to live in the eternal now.
- The World Is An Ashram: Life is demanding and you have no time for spiritual pursuits? Everyday happenings offer abundant opportunities to evolve.
- Practice Makes Perfect: Five core disciplines for bringing our inner perfection into our intellectual, emotional and instinctive nature.
- My Friend Lord Ganesha: Deepening our devotion and making our relationship with the Lord of Obstacles more practical and profound.
- Be A Spiritual Leader: Uplift the spirit of everyone you meet by expressing kindness, gratitude, appreciation and encouragement.
- Improving Our Character: If we start at the beginning and work systematically, we can replace undesirable qualities with their opposites.
- Behold the Sacred Lotus Flower: Progressing from our instinctive to intellectual to spiritual nature, our soul unfolds to resplendence like a beautiful lotus.
- Which Yoga Should I Follow: Exploring four popular approaches to four spiritual regimens: karma yoga, bhakti yoga, raja yoga and jnana yoga.
- Effort: Gurudeva’s talk on effort in the introduction to each of the Master Course trilogy books plus a story on his own use of willpower from The Guru Chronicles.
Many blessings to you and your loved ones.
The Monks of Kauai's Hindu Monastery