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Faith Sharing Series: Saivism
January 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Śaivism is the precursor of the many-faceted religion now termed Hinduism. Scholars trace the roots of Śiva worship back more than 8,000 years to the advanced Indus Valley civilization. Śaivism’s grandeur and beauty are found in a practical culture, an enlightened view of humans’ place in the universe and a profound system of temple mysticism and siddha yoga.
Join us in welcoming Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami. Born in Berkeley, California, on October 15, 1942, Bodhinatha began studying Vedanta and meditation in 1960, soon developing a deep interest in monastic life. He met Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, affectionately known as Gurudeva, in 1964 and joined his monastery in 1965. In March, 1972, he received sannyas diksha in a powerful ceremony at which a number of monastics were initiated by Gurudeva at his Sri Subramuniya Ashram in Alaveddy, Sri Lanka. At the time of Gurudeva’s transition, maha samadhi, in 2001 he was installed as Guru Mahasannidhanam of Kauai Aadheenam and the 163rd preceptor of the Kailasa Parampara. Bodhinatha is the current spiritual head of Saiva Siddhanta Church and Himalayan Academy and chairman of Hindu Heritage Endowment. As publisher of Hinduism Today magazine, he carries forward Gurudeva’s vision to inform, strengthen and connect Hindus around the world. He travels frequently to be with and initiate members, to give lectures to Hindu groups, attend temple festivals and events and to oversee the mission in other nations.