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Safe Travels Sivarathna!

Today was Sivarathna's last full day with the monks before leaving the Aadheenam, having finished his taskforce. As is often the tradition, he gave a going away speech during lunch, expressing his heartfelt appreciation for all he's learned during his stay, an inner and outer education which he will carry forward for the rest of his life. He also wrote a short poem, which references his experiences in each of the four kulams, as well as other unique moments.

Poem for the monks by Sivarathna: Little I knew...

From far far away I came,

On a journey that would not be the same,

To be with the monks and serve at the feet of my Satguru

Little I knew of a wonderful world I just stepped into. 


With Siva's guidance, I built and rebuilt my character 

Always something new to learn from the temple prayer

Working selflessly everyday to serve on an unrelenting routine

Little I knew cooking and chopping would make me so keen


The adventure of life is to grow and learn,

So starting the day with cows and numbers was my turn,

Being surrounded by tech savvy, I had to give my everything,

Little I knew it would be laser etching and world record pricing. 


I long searched to live in harmony with nature, 

All it took was some digging, some weeding and hard labor.

Not afraid to get down and dirty, and lift things sometimes extreme. 

Little I knew, I would be serving with such a team. 


How does hinduism meet the future I wondered,

It takes a small group of visionaries that are really inspired.

Here I was being trained by computer wizards in this microcosm.

Little I knew, work from a small cave could reach all Hindus of the macrocosm.


Your guidance and blessings to me are of infinite worth, 

Endless is my gratitude for having me here where it's heaven on earth.

I reached for the sky, looking down mountains and the magnificent blue,

Little I knew, it would be on helicopter with my Satguru.

Aum Namah Sivaya.



Sadhana: The Path of Change

Above is Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami's Sun One talk from three days ago. He advises us to 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 our character, soften the ego and purify the subconscious. Welcome correction from a living guru and take up the spiritual path, the path of change. The challenges of daily sadhana slowly lifts up the energy from the instinctive and intellectual mind into higher realms of experience.
Click here to view the full transcript.

An Unforgettable Stay at Kauai Aadheenam

Sivarathna Manick, who has been at the Aadheenam on our Taskforce program since October, will be leaving in a few days to return home. Today we followed him around the Aadheenam's sacred gardens with a camera, capturing his experiences at the many special spots in our sacred gardens and elsewhere. While here Sivarathna has worked in all of the monastic kulams gaining skills, disciplines and insight, which he will carry with him back into the world.

"You will know Him, if you keep quiet. All your suffering and your disease are for good. You must sweat and fall ill. Don't try to fly because others do. Work and be friendly. Observe and you will understand. Love is God. Truth is God. You cannot see God with your eyes; you must experience God. God is all things; God is everywhere." Siva Yogaswami

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