Campers and teachers gather for a group photo in front of the Sri Venkateswara temple in Pittsburgh
Campers and teachers gather for a group photo in front of the Sri Venkateswara temple in Pittsburgh.
SV Temple Camp, Slippery Rock, PA
SV Temple Hindu Camp, Slippery Rock, PA
SV Temple Hindu Camp, Slippery Rock, PA
Friends, friends, friends!

SV Temple Hindu Camp, Slippery Rock, PA
Raghava and his little sister, Nidhi
SV Temple Hindu Camp, Slippery Rock, PA
SV Temple Hindu Camp, Slippery Rock, PA
Farewells on the last day.
SV Temple Hindu Camp, Slippery Rock, PA
Question and answer session outdoors with the campers.
SV Temple Hindu Camp, Slippery Rock, PA
Classes every morning from 9am to noon. We covered the basic beliefs of Hinduism and looked at its practical applicability in every day life.
SV Temple Hindu Camp, Slippery Rock, PA
We love iPhones!
SV Temple Hindu Camp, Slippery Rock, PA
Having fun on camp fire evening.
SV Temple Hindu Camp, Slippery Rock, PA

 
Head stand during the morning hatha yoga session that begins at 6:45am
Head stand during the morning hatha yoga session that begins at 6:45am.
Those who come every year to camp can get into the poses very well.
Those who come every year to camp can get into the poses very well.
The group is divided into two - boys and girls. Easan and Dandapani take turns teaching each group, alternating every day. After hatha yoga is our morning meditation session.
The group is divided into two – boys and girls. Easan and Dandapani take turns teaching each group, alternating every day. After hatha yoga is our morning meditation session.
Classes on Hinduism from 9am to noon. The group is divided into 3 age groups and they rotate among the teachers.
Classes on Hinduism from 9am to noon. The group is divided into 3 age groups and they rotate among the teachers.
Happy campers!
Happy campers!
In the afternoon campers make clay Ganeshas for the upcoming Ganesha Chaturthi festival.
In the afternoon campers make clay Ganeshas for the upcoming Ganesha Chaturthi festival.
Smaller groups were formed and each entertained all the campers with performances.
Smaller groups were formed and each entertained all the campers with performances.

 

We’ve been using the book “Dancing with Siva” as our class text book. It was written by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami and published by his Himalayan Academy located at Kauai’s Hindu Monastery in Hawaii, USA.

In today’s class I talked about ahimsa (noninjury). It is defined in our text book as “the first and foremost ethical principle of every Hindu. It is gentleness and nonviolence, whether physical, mental or emotional. It is abstaining from causing hurt or harm to all beings.” We looked at how this ancient timeless teaching can be applied in our modern day life.

One of the places that it can be practiced is in the Hindu home. Parents always raise their children with love, wisdom and understanding. They never, ever, physically, mentally, emotionally or verbally abuse their children. Such acts are the height of cowardliness. Parents must always take the approach of positively and constructively disciplining their children using techniques such as natural consequences and more to lovingly guide their children to be mature and insightful young adults.

The campers have been very inspiring. It is so nice to see a group of young Hindus that are encouraging and supportive. The older campers look after the younger ones with such loving care. Carrying their bags when they are tired, encouraging them, teaching them how to sing, play games and more.

Hinduism is a solution orientated religion. Hindus look at problems only as opportunities for creative solutions. These young boys and girls exemplify this. Hinduism has a bright future thanks to them.

The campers ask insightful questions on Hinduism and its applicability in every day life.
The campers ask insightful questions on Hinduism and its applicability in every day life.
Easan covers Hindu Festivals using material provided by Hinduism Today
Easan covers Hindu Festivals using material provided by Hinduism Today.

 

I was sharing yesterday with a friend some of the photos I had taken at the Kumbha Mela in Haridwar, India, earlier this year and felt inspired to share a few of them on the blog.

Over 5 million people gathered on the main bathing day in on the banks of the sacred Ganges river in Haridwar for the spectacularly colorful and sacred Kumbha Mela festival
Over 5 million people gathered on the main bathing day in on the banks of the sacred Ganges river in Haridwar for the spectacularly colorful and sacred 2010 Kumbha Mela festival.
Ganga Aarti at Har Ki Pauri ghat during the 2010 Haridwar Kumbha Mela
Ganga Aarti at Har Ki Pauri ghat during the 2010 Haridwar Kumbha Mela
One of the many sadhus that have come for this auspicious bathing festival.
One of the many sadhus that have come for this auspicious bathing festival.
 
Two buses were hired and we all barely squeezed in them for our excursions to temples in the Pittsburg area.

Two buses were hired and we all barely squeezed in there for our excursions to temple in the Pittsburgh area.
Everyone is dressed in beautiful Indian outfits and looking very elegant.

Everyone is dressed in beautiful Indian outfits and looking very elegant.
One of the temples we visited is the beautiful Hindu-Jain temple

One of the temples we visited is the beautiful Hindu-Jain temple
Everyone is happy to be at camp and to spend so much time with their friends.

Everyone is happy to be at camp and to spend so much time with their friends.
Hindu camp
They gather in one of the temple hallways to sing bhajans. They practice every night and sound really good.

They gather in one of the temple hallways to sing bhajans. They practice every night and sound really good.
Hindu Youth camp in Slippery Rock, PA
It is so nice to see the older campers take such good care of the younger ones. They are gentle in guiding them, encouraging and supportive.

It is so nice to see the older campers take such good care of the younger ones. They are gentle in guiding them, encouraging and supportive. They have really put the teachings they have learned in this camp into practice.
 

Join our 16-day spiritual adventure in Nepal and North India. From the majestic Himalayas to sub-tropical jungles, ancient villages to bustling Asian cities, our spiritual adventure will enthrall you with a kaleidoscope of experiences that will capture your heart. We will venture into the depths of us in classes covering the essential tools of yoga as we explore the ancient Hindu teachings and its practical application in today’s world.

Meditation Retreat in the Himalayas of Nepal and North India

 
6:45am yoga and meditation.
6:45am yoga and meditation. Our die hard yogis are there with sleepy eyes.
For the young ones that have been coming every year to camp they are very familiar with most of the poses and can do them well.
For the young ones that have been coming every year to camp they are very familiar with most of the poses and can do them well.
Savasana or the corpse pose if the favorite among the kids as you can image at this time in the morning.
Savasana or the corpse pose is the favorite among the kids as you can image at this time in the morning.
Meditation for youth Hindu
Our yoga session ends with a 15-minute meditation. The campers are taken on a guided meditation.
After yoga it's breakfast time then off to class from 9am to noon.
After yoga it’s breakfast time then off to class from 9am to noon.
The classes are divided into 3 age groups. 8 to 11 years, 12 to 14 years and 15 to 18 years old. These young ones have more questions after class.
The classes are divided into 3 age groups. 8 to 11 years, 12 to 14 years and 15 to 18 years old. These young ones have more questions after class.
My classes are focused on the basic philosophy of Hinduism and how to apply it in every day life.
My classes are focused on the basic philosophy of Hinduism and how to apply it in every day life.

We learned in class today that Hindus believe in one God, that God is everywhere, the belief in karma and reincarnation, and ahimsa (non-violence).

These campers are a very bright group with insightful questions such as “If Hindus believe in ahimsa then why are we told stories of Gods fighting with one another or conducting act of violence?”