mahamandaleshwar
Namaste:

I welcome you with great love and great respect. I have become the first Caucasian Sannyasa raised to the status and position of Mahamandaleshwar Paramahamsa Swarupananada Vishwa Guru Maharaj Swamiji on Guru Purnima 2007 in an orthodox Homa performed by orthodox Sivite Priests at a regional orthodox Hindu Temple in Malibu, California (see certificate) My revealed task at the Parliament of World Religions and through various local and international inter religious dialogs has been to update the view of Sanatana Dharma without losing the richness of the Vedas, etc. Being of the Giri Sivite order, my mission is largely confined to the Sivite branch of our tradition.

We have already undertaken to update the American Sivite Sannyasa clothing because a Caucasian Swami looks ridiculous in traditional Sannyasa vestments and blocks the real message of consilience and dialog in the service of an all encompassing Dharma.

I would appreciate your input on what you think should be a focus of American Hinduism and American Sannyasa.

Blessings and Bliss
Mahamandaleshwar Parmahamsa Swarupananda Vishwa Guru Maharaj Swami-ji
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JayaramV
Dear Swamiji,

I am happy to know about your background and your recent elevation to the status of Mahamandaleshwar. I believe the inspiration and what needs to be done has to come to you directly from Siva Himself and I am sure it is already being revealed to you. That being said, I believe one of the areas of focus may be the problems and issues that are peculiar to American Hindus,

1. In raising children,
2. Familiarizing them with the dharma and the value system without subjecting them to undue stress and identity crisis,
3. Preserving and continuing the family traditions, the tradition of marriage and family values in the present environment.
4. Making the religious literature, temple and priestly services easily available to the practicing Hindus without the need to import them from India,
5. Creating awareness and sense of belongingness and brotherhood among the diverse groups through social and religious activities and so on.

Hindu in the USA constitute about 1% of the population and like any other minority in any country, they are subject to certain disabilities. For example, in several parts of the country, Hindus cannot celebrate Diwali with fire crackers because the respective state laws do not pernmit. This privileage is available for people only on July 4th.So some initiative is required on the part of influential people to change this mindset and the rules.


Sincerely,


Jayaram V
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mahamandaleshwar
Jayaram V, I welcome you with great love and great respect. Your posting touched my heart. I've already set this very important information for discussion with the Swamis under my supervision; and at the various religious dialog groups I attend, this will be read.

Thank you for your posting.

Blessings and Bliss,

Mahamandaleshwar Paramahamsa Swarupananda
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JayaramV
Thanks for your kind reply.

Sincerely,


Jayaram V
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cenaculum
Dear Jayaram V,

I am intrigued with some of the things you have said, in particular, ..."4. Making the religious literature, temple and priestly services easily available to the practicing Hindus without the need to import them from India..."

Elsewhere, on another thread in this forum, you addressed the issue of how one becomes a lay Hindu, which was much appreciated. Now might you tell us what steps one takes if one would like to go further, beyond the state of the laity, to help alleviate situations as you described in 4. above?

I was until recently an Eastern Orthodox bishop (Christian) but have given it up for a spiritual path that has more meaning for me. Although it is perfectly acceptable to return to the state of a layman for me, as always, there exists the need (in every tradition) for those willing to step forward to be teachers. Although this might be a little premature for me, for future consideration, might you outline what is required to achieve what Mahamandaleshwar Parmahamsa Swarupananda Vishwa Guru Maharaj Swami-ji has achieved, for those of us who do not know the steps? Are there limitations for householders?

Any and all information would be greatly appreciated.
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