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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.

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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.”

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Book mark this link to view all talks. Or click on any one below.

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Many blessings to you and your loved ones.


Aum shanti,
The Monks of Kauai's Hindu Monastery