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Baandhavya ಬಾ೦ಧವ್ಯ Veerashaiva Samaja of North America VSNA Officers: President: Channu Kambalyal, IL Vice-President: Mamatha Hirannaiah, GA Secretary: Leena Paul, MD Treasurer: Irappa Arabhavi, NE

June 2016

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Board of Directors: Nayantara Swamy, FL Yuvaraj Patil, CA Neetha Dhananjaya, IL Sajjan Shiva, TN Shivappa Palled, NC Srishail Hadimani, WI Vijay Kumar Goud, NY-Ex-Pres. Board of Regents: Laxmi Hiremath, CA, Chair Dada Patil, CA Uma Sajjan, GA Rajiv Kumar, IL Jayashree Jagadeesh, MD Shylendra Kumar, NE Rohini Menashinakai, Toronto Local Chapter Presidents: Shivashankar Tumkur, AL Mrutunjay Hiremath, CA-Central Kallesh Kumar, CA-North Manu Swamy, CA-South Kishore Channabasavaiah, IL Suma Basant, CT Girish Budibetta, FL Sangeeta Patil, GA Savitha Shivananda, MD Sanjeev Mungaravadi, MI N. B. Patil, NE Harsha Gurukar, NY Ashwini Koratagere, NC Rashmi Naikar, OH Kevin Gangadhar, PA K. P Channabasappa, TN Vidya Kondajji, TX-North Harish Hiremath, TX-South Vijaykumar M, Toronto Anand Parakal, VA & DC Vivek Neginhal, WV

Basava Jayanthi celebtrated all over USA and Canada by VSNA Chapters!

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VIRC-Newsletter Team: Shrishail Hadimani, IL, Director Sajjan Shiva, TN Yuvaraj Patil, ON Supriya Antin Kaddargi, IL Rohini Menashinakai, Toronto Channu Kambalyal, IL Laxmi Hiremath, CA

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Congratulations to VSNA – Maryland for the Successful 39th – 2016 VSNA Convention July 1–3, 2016 Ellicott City, Maryland

Please check out highlights in this Newsletter & On http://www.vsnaconvention.com ******************

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Table of Contents Editor’s Note ........................................................................................................................................................... 4 President’s Message ................................................................................................................................................ 5 Guidelines for Submission of Articles .................................................................................................................... 6 Vachana A Week ......................................................................................................................................................7 ¨sÀªÀ¸ÁUÀgÀ zÁn¸ÀĪÀ CA©UÀ ............................................................................................................................................ 8 Central VSNA Updates........................................................................................................................................... 11 BOD 2nd Quarter Updates .................................................................................................................................. 11 BOR 2nd Quarter Updates................................................................................................................................... 12 2016 VSNA Convention Highlights & Feedback ................................................................................................ 13 Feedback from Convention ............................................................................................................................ 13 Photos from Convention.................................................................................................................................18 VSNA Local Chapters Updates ............................................................................................................................. 23 VSNA – Toronto Chapter .................................................................................................................................. 23 VSNA – Detroit Chapter ................................................................................................................................... 24 VSNA - Chicago Chapter ................................................................................................................................... 25 VSNA – Connecticut Chapter............................................................................................................................ 26 News around the World ........................................................................................................................................ 28 VSNA Fund Raising .............................................................................................................................................. 30 VSNA Convention Trust Fund .......................................................................................................................... 30 VSNA Life Membership .................................................................................................................................... 30 VSNA – Publications.............................................................................................................................................. 31

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Editor’s Note Sharanu Sharanarthi to all, Team Baandhavya proudly presents the next newsletter of the year to all sisters and brothers of VSNA! With the same spirit that Lord Basaveshwara was addressed as Anna Basavanna and he in turn humbly deemed everyone else above him, revealed to us through his esteemed vachanas,

‘ಎನಗಿಂತ ಕಿರಿಯರಿಲ್ಲ! ಶಿವಭಕ್ತರಿಗಿಂತ ಹಿರಿಯರಿಲ್ಲ’ VSNA, the strong yet humble organization keeps resonating and reaffirming the philosophy of simple but profound Lingayat philosophy on virtues of life and uniting with the Shiva. Congratulations to Maryland chapter for hosting a very grand and successful annual Convention in July with significant seers - Jagadguru Sri Shivarathri Deshikendra Swamiji, Sri Siddheshwar Swamiji and Sri Siddaganga Swamiji lighting the lamp and gracing the convention with their divine presence all the way. Please enjoy the highlights of the convention, updates from Central VSNA on the path forward, local chapter updates and pictures from across the North American continent showcasing the celebrations in the many events held. To align better with quarterly updates, we intend to cover more details of the convention in the next edition as well. As always, we look forward to your rich contributions apart from your readership and encouragement. We are grateful for the support received so far and can be reached at newsletter@vsna.org.

Regards, Supriya Antin Kaddargi

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President’s Message

Dear VSNA Members & Patrons,

VSNA is delighted to announce the successful completion of the 39th VSNA convention in the 1st week of July, 2016. In this 2nd quarter newsletter, we are presenting few highlights of the just completed convention attended by over 700 members. In the 3rd quarter we will have more highlights and feedback. During the 2nd quarter, most of us in the Central VSNA were busy focused on the preparations for the convention and supporting the Maryland chapter. Central VSNA along with the election committee worked on the election of BOD and BOR for the term 2017-2018. Awards committee finalized on the selection of awardees for the year 2016. The final list of elected members for BOD and BOR, and also the award winners announced during the convention are provided in this newsletter. The bylaws submitted by the bylaw-committee will be reviewed by the board of directors and board of regents in the 3rd quarter. More details on various activities are given in the Central VSNA updates. This newsletter contains spiritual content through Vachana descriptions and articles related to Veerashaivism. I am thankful to all contributors to this newsletter – Baandhavya, and the VIRC-Newsletter committee for scrutinizing the quality of the articles. Happy reading!!

Regards, Channu Kambalyal President, VSNA

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Guidelines for Submission of Articles The Editorial committee welcomes your articles and poems for publication in our esteemed Newsletter Baandhavya. Please adhere to the guidelines below and provide clear, concise, quality articles with facts. The Articles should reflect Veerashaiva / Lingayat philosophy, highlighting its rich religious and spiritual heritage. Submissions may include the life of Sharanas, Vachana interpretations and the philosophy. Please share contributions / achievements of the members in enriching the community around the world. 1. Articles should be original in nature and have not been published in any other format / heading in the previous editions of Baandhavya or any other VSNA publications. 2. If the articles contained any part or paragraph of previously published books / articles, appropriate reference should be provided. 3. Articles should be 1-2 pages (exceptions can be made up to 4 pages based on the subject / topic). 4. Up to 2 articles per author / issue will be considered per publication 5. Editorial committee will review the article within 5 business days and the editor-in-chief will communicate to the writer of its acceptance / revision /rejection. 6. Revised article will be considered as a new submission and due course will be followed. 7. Articles received within the prescribed due date will be considered for publication in the issue. If an article is received after the due date, it will be considered for the following issue.

VSNA Newsletter Committee newsletter@vsna.org

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Vachana A Week Sajjan Shiva & Leela Garady Authors of: Vachana A Week Blog Post

Vachana in Kannada:

Vachana in English:

ಕ್ಷೀರಸಾಗರದ ೊಳಗಿರ್ದ ಹಂಸ ಗ ಹಾಲ ಬಯಸಲ ಂಟ ?

Why would a Swan desire for milk while being in the

ಪುಷ್ಪದ ೊಳಗಿರ್ದ ತ ಂಬಿಗ ಪರಿಮಳವನರಸಲ ಂಟ ?

ocean of milk?

ತಾವು ಲಂಗದ ೊಳಗಿರ್ ದ ಬ ೀರ ಇತರ ಕಾಮ್ಾಾರ್ದದ ೊಳಗಿಪದ ಭಾರಂತರನ ೀನ ಂಬ ನಯಾ ಗ ಹ ೀಶ್ವರಾ?

Why would a bee search for fragrance while being in a flower? What can I say about such deluded people who are indulging in other desires, while being in the Linga (God), Guhesvara?

Kannada Commentary:

English Commentary:

ಕ್ಷೀರಸಾಗರದ ೊಳಗಿರ್ದ (ಹಾಲನ ಸಾಗರಲಿರ್ )ು ಹಂಸ ಗ ಹಾಲ ಬಯಸಲ ಂಟ (ಹಂಸ ಹಾಲ ಬಯಸ

Allama Prabhu comments on the state of the common

ಬಹ ದ )?

man who does not even realize that he is already in

ಪುಷ್ಪದ ೊಳಗಿರ್ದ (ಹೊವಿನ ೊಳಗ ಇರ್ ು) ತ ಂಬಿಗ ಪರಿಮಳವನರಸಲ ಂಟ (ರ್ ಂಬಿ ಮಕರಂರ್ವನ ು

where he should be. A swan swimming in the ocean of

ಅರಸಬಹ ದ )? ತಾವು ಲಂಗದ ೊಳಗಿರ್ ದ (ತಾವು ಲಂಗರ್ಲಿಯೀ ಇರ್ ುಕ ೊಂಡ )

milk is aware of what it is swimming in and does not go

ಬ ೀರ ಇತರ ಕಾಮ್ಾಾರ್ದದ ೊಳಗಿಪದ (ಬ ೀರ ಕಾಮನ ಗಳಿಗ ಈಡಾಗ ವ)

look for the milk elsewhere. A bee inside the flower

ಭಾರಂತರನ ೀನ ಂಬ ನಯಾ(ಭ್ರಮಿತರನ ು ಏನ ನುಲ) ಗ ಹ ೀಶ್ವರಾ?

knows where it is and does not seek fragrance elsewhere. We are all part of that Divine; the Divine is in

ತಮಗ ಬ ೀಕಾರ್ ರ್ರ ಬಳಿಯಲ ಿೀ ತಾವು ಇರ್ುರೊ ಅರ್ರ ಪರಿವ ಇಲಿದ ಬ ೀರ ಎನ ೀನ ೊೀ ಬಯಸ ತತ ಭ್ರಮೆಯಲಿ ಮ ಳುಗಿರ್ವರನ ು ಏನ ಂರ್ ವರ್ಣದಸಲ ಎನ ುತ್ತತದಾುರ ಅಲಿಮ ಪರಭ್ ಗಳು. ಕ್ಷೀರಸಾಗರರ್ಲಿಯೀ ವಾಸಮ್ಾಡ ವ ಹಂಸ ಯ ಹಾಲಗಾಗಿ ತಹತಹಿಸ ಬಹ ದ ? ಹಾಗ ಆಗ ವುದಿಲಿ

us and we are in Him. But, we are so indulged in this worldly affair that we are not even aware of His

ಅಲಿವ ? ಅರ್ ಹಾಲನ ಸಾಗರರ್ಲಿಯೀ ಇರ ವುರ್ರಿಂರ್ ತನಗ ಬ ಕಾದಾಗ ಅರ್ ಹಾಲನ ು

presence! We need not go anywhere in search of that

ಪಡ ಯಬಹ ರ್ . ಅಂತಹ ಹಂಸವು ಹಾಲಗಾಗಿ ಪರದಾಡ ವುರ್ ಸಾಧ್ಾವಿಲಿ. ಹೊವಿನಲಿ ಇರ್ ುಕ ೊಂಡ

eternal truth and bliss. We are inherently in it. What is

ಜ ೀನ ಹ ಳ ಪರಿಮಳವನ ು ಹ ಡ ಕಿಕ ೊಂಡ ಬ ೀರ ಹ ೊೀಗ ವುರ್ ಸಾಧ್ಾವ ? ತಾನ ಹೊವಿನಲಿಯೀ ಇದ .

needed is the awareness to shed this ignorance and join

ಮತ ತ ಪರಿಮಳ ಕೊಡ ಹೊವಿನಲಿಯೀ ಇರ ತತದ . ಅರ್ನ ು ಅಲಿಯೀ ಪಡ ಯಬಹ ರ್ . ಅರ್ನ ು ಬಿಟ್ ು ಜ ೀನ ಹ ಳ ಸ ಗಂಧ್ವನ ು ಅರಸ ತತ ಬ ೀರ ಕಡ ಗ ಏಕ ಹ ೊೀಗ ವುರ್ ?ಹಾಗ ಹ ೊೀಗ ವುರ್ ಹಾಸಾಾಸಪರ್.

the true state we belong to.

ಮ್ಾನವನಿಗ ತಾವು ಲಂಗರ್ಲಿಯೀ ಇರ್ುರೊ ಲಂಗರ್ ಸ ಖವನ ು ಅನ ಭ್ವಿಸದ ಬ ೀರ ಆಸ ಗಳ ಹಿಂದ ಹ ೊೀಗ ವುರ್ ಕೊಡ ಹಾಗ ಯೀ ಹಾಸಾಾಸಪರ್. ಕ್ಷೀರ ಸಾಗರರ್ಲಿರ ವ ಹಂಸ ಮತ ತ ಹೊವಿನಲಿರ ವ ರ್ ಂಬಿಗ ತಾನ ಇರ ವ ಸಥಳರ್ ಅರಿವು ಉಂಟಾಗ ತತದ ಆರ್ರ ಲ ೊೀಕರ್ ಸಾಮ್ಾನಾರಿಗ ಮರವ ಆವರಿಸಿಕ ೊಂಡಿರ ವುರ್ರಿಂರ್ ಲಂಗರ್ ಅರಿವು ಆಗ ತ್ತತಲ.ಿ ತಾನ ಮರವ ಯಲಿದ ುೀನ ಎಂಬ ರ್ರ ಅರಿವುಕೊಡ ಇಲಿ. ಲಂಗ ತಮಮಲಯೀ ಇರ್ುರೊ, ತಾವು ಲಂಗವ ೀ ಆಗಿರ್ುರೊ, ಅರ್ ಎಲಿ ಕಾಮನ ಗಳನ ು ಮಿೀರಿರ ವಂತಹದಾಗಿರ್ುರೊ ಅರ್ರ ಕಡ ಗ ಗಮನವ ಇಲಿದ ಇತರ ಕ್ಷ ಲಿಕ ಆಸ ಗಳ ಬ ನ ು ಹತ್ತತ ಭ್ರಮೆಯಲಿ ತ ೊಳಲಾಡ ವ ಜನರನ ು ಏನ ನುಲ ಎಂರ್ ಹ ೀಳುತಾತರ ಅಲಿಮರ .

About the authors: Dr. Sajjan Shiva is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Memphis, Tennessee, Fellow of IEEE, teacher, researcher and consultant since 1975. He is an author of 100+ articles in software engineering, cyber security and computer architecture, authored four books used by 120+ universities. Through his weekly blog http://vachanaaweek.blogspot.com he has translated and written commentaries on 200+ Vachanas so far. He has served as the chairman of the VSNA BOR, currently member of BOD, and has been a life member since 1990.

Mrs. Leela Garady is the co-author on http://vachanaaweek.blogspot.com. Leela Garady has an M.A. in Hindi from Bangalore University. She has developed new ways of teaching language to children. She has written and directed plays in Kannada and Hindi for the students at CFL.

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Central VSNA Updates BOD 2nd Quarter Updates By - Channu Kambalyal, President VSNA nd

During the 2016 2 quarter, the BOD members held 3 BOD meetings and several brainstorming sessions to discuss various tasks. Following is the progress of the tasks from the Two-Year Agenda during this quarter: 1. Official Communications:  Notifications regarding New Year Greetings, 2016 VSNA Convention Registration, Convention Newsletter and st 2016 1 Quarter Newsletter – Baandhavya were sent..  Nominations for election of various positions for 206-2017 sent.  Notifications for the 2016 VSNA youth scholarships was sent out. 2. 2016 Convention Update:  2016 Convention team of Maryland chapter is all set for hosting and actively working towards the major event. The registrations are open. Convention committee has been publishing their monthly newsletter highlighting the developments. Five invited guests have confirmed. More details on convention site – www.vsnaconvention.com. 3. Ten Year - Annual Conventions Readiness:  Central VSNA is working with Georgia chapter and North Carolina chapter leaders to mobilize the local chapter for the 2017 convention. Detroit and Chicago chapters have been invited to host conventions for years – 2018 and 2019. Plan is to follow a 10-year cycle for the convention by each major chapter. 4. Web-Site Updates:  Work on provisioning for the online registration of members is in progress. 5. VIRC - Newsletters:  The VIRC team is working on few online literatures from various sources. 6. Elections:  The Election Committee began work on nominations for various positions for 2017-2018. Nominations have been received, and are being verified before an announcement can be made in the convention. 7. Bylaw Committee:  The bylaw committee completed their review of VSNA Bylaws and submitted the latest to the President. The BOD and BOR members are reviewing the recommendations. The plan is to finalize and notifies the general members for the final voting. 8. Rejuvenate Local Chapters:  How to rejuvenate guidelines online: VSNA-Resources-How To Rejuvenate Local Chapters. 9. Life-Membership Drive: rd  2016 life-membership drive will be taken up in the 3 quarter. 10. VSNA Convention Trust Fund Drive:  We plan to have a larger convention trust fund at the time of 2016 convention. Preparations are in progress.. 11. Scholarship Notifications & Fundraising:  Notifications sent for VSNA scholarships have been sent out. Notifications for scholarship fund will be sent out in nd rd 2 quarter. Award winners will be announced in the convention and published in the 3 quarter newsletters, 12. Welcome Kit, Brochures and Guidelines Documents:  A soft copy of the welcome kit document is published online. 13. Accounting & Investment Management:  The 2015 accounts was finalized and tax filings completed. nd  The investment committee met in the 2 quarter to assess the investments of all VSNA funds. The financial reports will be presented in the convention. For latest updates on VSNA – BOD Meeting Minutes please visit VSNA.ORG->Events->BOD Meetings.

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BOR 2nd Quarter Updates By - Laxmi Hiremath, Board of Regents, Chairperson During the month of May 2016: BOR Chair suggested that a tele-conf. call should be scheduled with the by-law committee to go over the comments/clarifications from the BOR team. There was a discussion on annual membership fee reduction. All BOR members present at the meeting were in favor of NOT reducing the fee and the following were some of the key points discussed on this subject: Membership drive – VSNA and at chapters - fee collection process be revised for clarity and define the responsibilities of VSNA and the chapters. The current process is loosely defined and the central VSNA is dependent on the local chapters to collect and transfer it to central VSNA. During the month of June 2016: BOR had a lengthy discussion regarding the scope of its work, roles and responsibilities especially as they pertain to the oversight of the executive body (BOD) where such projects are to be initiated and funded. There being no significant funds available for scholarships, youth participation is dwindling. We should consider terminating the program or opening it up to deserving youth through partnerships with organizations in India. Dada Patil will take up the issue with BOD as it has been handed over to them.

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2016 VSNA Convention Highlights & Feedback Feedback from Convention

Here is some of the feedback received by the 2016 Convention Committee: ************* Hearty Congratulations Convention Committee Members! Guru Basavanna is known for his humility, generosity and compassion -- you weaved them all into action very graciously at the memorable Maryland Convention. Your enthusiasm th under the leadership of Dr. Jagadeesh illuminated like the July 4 fireworks! Pravachana by Param Poojya Sree Siddeshwar Swamiji, was very enlightening. As always, Poojya Sree Vachananda Swamiji’s yoga and linga puje were energizing and blissful. Number of Swamijis and Guest list was just about right. VSNA protocols were followed. Entertainment was geared toward Basava Tatva and Vachana Sahitya, a breath of fresh air! Youths were provided with a variety of activities and their participation was highlighted. Overall, the food was good, including the besan oondi shaped in the form of cookies! I hope that other VSNA Chapters follow in your footsteps and make every Convention as impressive as yours. Once again, my heartfelt Kudos to you! Laxmi Hiremath, California North Chapter ************* Obeisance to you all, Congratulations to you all for doing a wonderful job in arranging and conducting the convention. We enjoyed every minute of it. Thank you for everything. Just a note about my observations: It was so nice to see that the Jeopardy contestants answered the final Jeopardy question correctly. But I was disappointed that they did not get the Shatsthala question, and answered the Ashtavarana and Panchachara questions. The most important part of our philosophy and practice is the Shatsthala. Everything is in the Shatsthala. Although the individual components of Ashtavarana and Panchachara are part of our practice, separate importance is not given. In Basavanna's vachana you will not find Ashtavarana and Panchachara mentioned as they are in Shivagamas. You, the Veerashaiva educators have to emphasize Shatsthala, and not Ashtavarana and Panchachara. Again, Congratulations, and thank you for everything. Sincerely, Linga Raju, New York Chapter ************* To the Conference chair, CONGRATULATIONS to the hosts of 2016 VSNA conference, for conducting in a efficient manner particularly punctuality is greatly appreciated, I am sure the responsibilities taken by the team leaders conducted themselves well seamlessly without any draw backs, exhibiting professionalism. Sundaresh Yajaman ************* Thank you very much for giving us the stage for 5 programs and accommodating NJ and supporting us. It was well done especially stage, entertainment, sound and lighting and Ballroom. Not to forget maintaining schedule, excellent job there. Venue was very good, great company great programs and fun. Only drawback was food and beverages [honest feedback from the NJ team]

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Overall we enjoyed like crazy and came back making more friends and connected with many more wonderful Veerashaivas and can’t ask anything better than that! Thank You Mahashetty avre and Jagadeesh avre! Sharanu Sharanarthi. Gayi, New York-New Jersey Chapter ************* Dear Fellow Veerashaiva Sisters and Brothers of Maryland, We returned home yesterday. While driving 450 miles, all Malati and I were thinking about was the convention. All we came up with was one word "WOW!!!!" - "SUPERB!!!". Malati and I would like to offer our congratulations to all the members of Maryland Chapter for the magnificent convention meticulously planned, organized and conducted. The food was scrumptious and exceedingly tasteful. Once again, we say three cheers to you all Maryland Chapter's Members. With best wishes, Malati and Shekar Munavalli, NC Chapter ************* Dear Jagadeesh and Team, You all did an awesome job! The 2016 VSNA Convention was a great success in all respects. The combined opinion of our family: The topics and time was adequate. The variety of topics were relevant. The overall combination of events were balanced All the programs were of high quality The entertainment was also great. Children enjoyed visit to JSS and other programs Venue was great. Decoration very apt. Attendance was good for all events (I attended). In all a great success for 2016 Convention!! Our hearty congratulations to you and your team!!! (Hope you broke even!) With best wishes, Gitu, Tejas, Suma & Vijay Aivalli, Toronto Chapter ************* Hey Folks, Congratulations and Kudos! Fantastic convention! Somashekhar and Suma Bellary, Maryland Chapter ************* Chairman Jagadeesh and President Savitha and the team members, The convention was a great experience of satsanga and spirituality. The prompt execution of events was admirable. The venue was very accommodating. Food was plenty. The host members looked like they were on rollers, but always smiling and helpful. Indeed, we have established a higher bar for future conventions. Guruswamy Ayya, Virginia Chapter

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Dear Jagadeesh and Team: This was outstanding convention!! I am so glad that we were part of this event. I and family thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it. It was a very engaging event for all age groups. Very enthusiastic and welcoming hosts. Teamwork shined all through the event. Jagadeesh and team has raised the bar very high. Three cheers! Sharanarthi, Yuvaraj Patil, Texas-North Chapter ************* Namaskara, Would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of the organizers and volunteers for the fabulous job they performed at 2016 VSNA convention. We thoroughly enjoyed every minute of our stay. High light for us was the spiritual presentation from pujya Siddeshwara swamiji. It would be great if he could be part of every VSNA convention. Thanking you, Rama Santhappa ************* Thank you for inviting us to participate as a guest and contributor to your yearly event. It was a lot of fun. The people and venue were beautiful, and many blessings for many more years of growth in your organization and membership:-)! To your continued success, Benjjamin K. Zales Investment Advisor Representative Arch Global Advisors 3718 Northern Blvd Ste., 305 Long Island City, NY 11101 ************* Dear Dr. G. Jagadeesh and MD convention team, I am pleased to send this note saying "Great Convention of 2016". It was just beautiful. We enjoyed every bit of it. I must say that each program item went right on-time as organizers planned. Good Food, great entertainment programs and what not? The captain of the ship and his team did an excellent job. Thank you all G. Doddamani, Detroit Chapter ************* Dear Friends, It gives me an immense pleasure in thanking you all and other Shiva Sharanas for outstanding execution of the 39th annual VSNA convention. Me and my kids truly enjoyed it. It was a great occasion for all of us to listen to the gurus who had more knowledge and life experience in following Guru Basananna's teachings. A visit to JSS spiritual place was a plus for the occasion. The most important that I like about this whole event was "starting the function on time and ending on time". Food was fabulous, drama and other cultural performance by sharanas was excellent. It also gives me courage to offer any help in the future to help with organizing events like this. Please let me know how I can help to get this organization to higher level to reach out to veerashiva community.

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Sincerely, Naganna Channaveeraiah, MD, MBA, FAAFP, CPE, Florida Chapter ************* Rajiv, It was a super convention and you guys did a fantastic job. Typically, in VSNA they talk and talk and never implement anything. For the first time what was discussed in the last convention was put to action by MD (I know you and Leena are responsible for this). Every youth I spoke to had lots to say about this convention and activities. Even the kids who are below 18 never complained as they had activities to keep them busy. For the first time I didn't have to hear the word "Dad I am bored...� from my younger daughter instead I got full details on what happened in the sessions. Thank you and enjoy rest of the summer. Shylendra Kumar, New England Chapter ************* It was a wonderful experience starting the day with yoga and linga pooja till the very end of the day with excellent cultural programs. Eesha, my 7 yr old daughter, attended and loved yoga as well:) In fact, we are trying to adapt exercising early in the morning as a routine. You and Jayashree Aunty have organized the program's so well and we appreciate all your hard work. The program was a great success. Regards, Jyothi Jagadeesh and family, New Jersey Chapter ************* Dear Jagadeesh, It is so nice that you found time to write such a nice note addressing both our group and to all attendees of convention. Both you and Jayashree worked so hard to make this convention a great event. Both of you deserve highest gratitude from all of us. Regards, Kotrappa and Chandra, Maryland Chapter ************* Dear Jagadeesh and VSNA team, Sorry for not responding earlier as we were still moving and just returned to Manchester, UK. It had been a wonderful journey for us going through 39th VSNA convention held at Turf Club. We enjoyed every bit of it. Programs in general well planned and well spanned. In particular, Cultural activities and daily yoga sessions were fantastic. Speakers were excellent and contents enlightening. Quizzes were fun and educative. Food gastronomically superb and surely everyone would have put on some weight. Enjoyed Rotti, Holige, home invented Basan burfy and mini sweets, etc. Decorations and arrangements both inside and outside were pleasant and eye catching with a perfect theme. What surprised us, the sense of involvement, harmony between different committees, youngsters taking active part and untiring hospitality flown everywhere. It was like one big big joint family putting their effort to make everyone happy. It is not easy to manage such a big gathering, but we should say it was perfectly coordinated and managed. Location was superb, serene, relaxing and perfect for such a gathering. How 3 days passed no one could keep count. Overall, it had been a wonderful experience. Thanks for providing an opportunity for us to attend such a fantastic convention.

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We look forward to hear future conventions and wish everyone hearty congratulation in making this convention a great success. Convention gave us an opportunity to meet so many people; made new friends, revived many old friendships and it was a pleasure to see many elders participating. We will cherish the memories for long time. Sharnu Sharanaarthi, Dr Nataraj Gojanur & Karuna Gojanur 25 Kingsbury Drive, Wilmslow SK9 2GU, United Kigndom ************* Dear Jayashree and Jagadeesh, Sharanu what can I say! I do not know how to explain my emotions for your work in VSNA convention. Sorry for the delayed letter. I was not feeling well during convention. It took me this long to recuperate. You were amazing! Indians are not known for starting things on time. Especially Veerashaivas! Every event was ON TIME. My father would have come and personally admired your effort. You and your son and daughter did an amazingly great job. All I can say is HATS OFF. Sharanu sharanarthi Uma Ettigi and Family, Virginia Chapter *************

ವಚನಗಳಿಂದ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆಗಯ ಪರಿಹಾರ ವಿಜಯವಾಣಿ ಸುದ್ದಿಜಾಲ್ ಧಾರವಾಡ “ಅಮೇರಿಕದ ಮೇರಿಲ್ಯಾಂಡ್ ನಲ್ಲಿ ವೇರಶ ೈವ ಸಮ್ಜದ ಸಮೇಳನ” ಇಾಂದಿನ ಭಯೇತ್್ಾದನ ನಿವ್ರಣ ಸ ೇರಿದಾಂತ್ ಅನ ೇಕ ಸಮಸ ಯಗಳಿಗ ಬಸವ್ದಿ ಶರಣರ ವಚನ ಸಾಂದ ೇಶಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಪರಿಹ್ರ ಕಾಂಡುಕ ೊಳಳಬಹುದು ಎಾಂದು ಪೂನ್ದ ಭ್ರತ್ ಫೇರ್ಜ್ನ ಅಧಕ್ಷ ಹ್ಗು ವಯವಸ್ಾಪಕ ನಿದ ೇ್ಶಕ ಬ್ಬ್ ಸ್ಹ ೇಬ್ ಕಲ್ಯಣ ಅವರು ಹ ೇಳಿದರು. ಅಮೇರಿಕ ಮೇರಿಲ್ಯಾಂಡ್ ನಲ್ಲಿ ಆಯೇಜಿಸಿದದ ಉತ್ತರ ಅಮೇರಿಕ ವೇರಶ ೈವ ಸಮ್ಜದ ೩೯ನ ೇ ಸಮೇಳನ ಉದ್ಾಟಿಸಿ ಅವರು ಮ್ತ್ನ್ಡಿದರು. ಒಾಂದು ಸಾಂದಭ್ದಲ್ಲಿ ಜ್ಗತೇಕರಣ ಕಡ ಗ ವ್ಲ್ಲದದ ಜಗತ್ುತ ಇತತೇಚ ಗ ಪರತ್ ಯೇಕತ್ ಗ ಸ್ಗುತತರುವುದನುು ಕ್ಣುತತದ ದೇವ . ಭ್ರತ್ದ ಪರಜ್ಪರಭುತ್ವ ವಯವಸ ಾಯಲ್ಲಿ ಇದಿೇಗ ಒಾಂದ ೇ ಪಕ್ಷದ ಸಕ್್ರ ಆಡಳಿತ್ದ ಚುಕ್ಾಣಿ ಹಿಡಿದಿರುವುದರಿಾಂದ ಪರಗತಪಥದತ್ತ ನಡ ಯಲು ಸ್ಧಯವ್ಗಿದ ಎಾಂದರು. ಸುತ್ೊತರು ಮಠದ ಜಗದುುರು ಶಿವರ್ತರ ದ ೇಶಿಕ ೇಾಂದರ ಮಹ್ಸ್ವಮೇಜಿ ಮ್ತ್ನ್ಡಿ, ಮನುಷ್ಯ ಸಾಂಘಟಿತ್ನ್ಗಿ ಸಮ್ಜದ ಒಾಂದು ಭ್ಗವ್ಗಿ ಬದುಕುವುದನುು ಕಲ್ಲಯಬ ೇಕು, ಹೃದಯವಾಂತಕ ಬ ಳಸಿಕ ೊಾಂಡ್ಗ ಜಿೇವನದಲ್ಲಿ ಸದ್ಾವನ ಗಳು ಮೊಡಲು ಸ್ಧಯ. ಭ್ರತೇಯರು ಹೃದಯ ಶಿರೇಮಾಂತಕ ಉಳಳವರು ಉತ್ತರ ಅಮೇರಿಕದ ವೇರಶ ೈವ ಸಮ್ಜ ನಿರಾಂತ್ರವ್ಗಿ ಸಮೇಳನ ಸಮೇಳನಗಳನುು ನಡ ಸಿಕ ೊಾಂಡು ಬರುತತರುವುದನುು ಶ್ಿಘನಿೇಯ ಎಾಂದರು. ವಜಯಪುರುದ ಶಿರೇ ಸಿದ ಧೇಶವರ ಸ್ವಮೇಜಿ ಮ್ತ್ನ್ಡಿ, ನಡ , ನುಡಿ, ತ್ನು ಮನ ಹ್ಗು ಭ್ವಗಳು ಶುದಧವ್ಗಬ ೇಕು. ಭಗವಾಂತ್ನ ಅಸಿತತ್ವದಲ್ಲಿ ನಾಂಬಿಕ , ಶರದ ಧ ಅನುಭ್ವಸುವಕ , ಶರಣ್ಗತ ಮತ್ುತ ಸಮರತ್ ಗಳನುು ಸ್ಧಿಸಬ ೇಕು. ಸವಚಛ ಜಿೇವನ ನಡ ಸಬ ೇಕು. ಅತಯ್ದ ಆಸ -ಆಮಷ್ಗಳಿಗ ಒಳಗ್ಗಬ್ರದು. ದ ೊರಕಿರುವುದರಲ್ಲಿ ತ್ೃಪ್ತತ-ಸಾಂತ್ ೊೇಷ್ ಪಡ ಯಬ ೇಕು ಎಾಂದರು. ಸಮ್ಜದ ಅಧಯಕ್ಷ ಚನುು ಕಾಂಬಳ್್ಯಳ, ಲಕ್ಷ್ಮೇ ಹಿರ ೇಮಠ, ಅಭಿನವರ ಡಿಿ ಅವರು ಸಮ್ಜದ ಚಟುವಟಿಕ ಗಳನುು ವವರಿಸಿದರು. ಮೇರಿಲ್ಯಾಂಡ್ ಸಮ್ಜದ ಅಧಯಕ್ಷರ್ದ ಸವತ್ ಶಿವ್ನಾಂದ, ಡ್. ಜಿ. ಜಗದಿೇಶ್, ಸ್ನಿಕ್ ಮಹ್ಶ ಟಿಿ, ತ್್ರಕ ೇಶವರ ಸಿದಧಲ್ಲಾಂಗಯ್ಯ, ಲ್ಲೇನ್ ಪ್ಲ್, ಶಶಿಧರ ನ್ಗ ೇನಳಿಳ ಇದದರು. ***************************************

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DAY 1 - July 1, Friday: Unveiling Basaveshwara statue, Poojya Shri Siddeswara Swamiji’s talk, Vachana antakshari, Uma Ettigi’s Anubhava mantapa): https://www.flickr.com/gp/144990591@N04/F9097p

DAY 2 - July 2, Saturday: Inauguration followed by various competition sessions, Anubhava goshti, youth discussion with the chief guest Shri Baba Kalyani, Organization meeting, Youth Jeopardy, Convention Trust Fund raising and Cultural program: https://www.flickr.com/gp/144990591@N04/9HbjHb

DAY 3 - July 3, Sunday: Cultural programs- morning (drama, Swamiji speech, honoring VSNA members) and evening, General body meeting, Sharana dampathigalu, evening cultural program, MD Pallavi concert and appreciation of convention committee and bidding farewell to the attendees: https://www.flickr.com/gp/144990591@N04/1NJjTP

For Youth Activities pictures: https://www.flickr.com/gp/144990591@N04/Pz6A4b

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VSNA Local Chapters Updates VSNA – Toronto Chapter Over 50 families celebrated Basava Jayanthi with proud, joy & spirit on May 14th, Saturday 2016. The event was started with Linga Pooja, Basava & Shiva Prayer. Minute of silence was observed to pay respect to the deceased beloved family members. All members welcomed the meaningful & performance excellence of our community Kids & Parents presentations for more than 3 hours with Basava teachings, Sharanas related songs & Dances. Add to it kids proudly presented their achievements in their school projects, extra-curricular activities displays of Koodala Sangama. Our valued member Mr. shared more details on important in our everyday This presentation received our members.

Raeev Navalyal has initiated & basic things which are most lives and we are not noticing it. very positive response from all of

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VSNA Detroit Chapter held its Basava Jayanthi function on May 14 , 2016 in Troy, Michigan. This event was a huge success as it was well attended by many of Detroit Chapter’s current members and a significant amount of new members. There was a social hour prior to the start of the event in which the new members got acquainted with the rest of the Detroit Chapter. Then, the members took part in devotional songs and group prayers. This led to a Linga Pooja performed by the youth of the Detroit Chapter. After the Linga Pooja, there were many cultural activities such as skits, speeches, vachana recitals, and dances all performed by youth members. The cultural activities were concluded with a dance by guest performers from the Arya Dance Academy. Updates on the annual volunteering event at the Gleaners Food Bank th created by youth president Samarth Setru was given, which will be held on July 16 , 2016. To conclude the event, the st members of the Detroit Chapter celebrated the 51 anniversary of the sponsors of this event, Mr. and Mrs. Shankar. th

On July 16 , 2016, the Detroit Chapter participated in a volunteering event at Gleaners Community Food Bank in Pontiac, Michigan. This volunteering activity was a huge success as it brought many of the chapter’s youth members and elder members together to an event that was much different than the traditional function. The Gleaners Community Food Bank is a non-profit organization that provides food for the hungry in America. The members of the Detroit Chapter had to transfer and package food items, and together the members packaged 7688 pounds of food. The highlight of this event was that the Detroit Chapter was not just representing VSNA, but it was also helping to serve the community. The Detroit Chapter held its annual summer rd picnic on July 23 , 2016 at Stoney Creek Metropark in Shelby Township, Michigan.

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VSNA Chicago Chapter held 2 programs during the 2 quarter – Allama Prabhu Jayanthi and Basava Jayanthi. Allama Prabhu Jayanthi and Ugadi were celebrated together on Saturday, April 9, 2016. The program was sponsored by Shilpa and Shrishail Hadimani and conducted by our youth leaders Shiya Hugar and Rohan Betkerur as masters of ceremony. Shrishail Hadimani conducted Puja and also made a presentation on Shatastala. Basava Jayanthi program was held on Sunday, May 22, 2916 in Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago, Lemont, and the program was sponsored by Hema and Ashwin Sheelavanth. The key note speakers were Shivakumar Annapur and Ravi Amblee. Youth leaders - Siya Hugar and Mukhta Patil led the programs as the masters of ceremony.

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Our monthly Vachanamrutha’s are now an adapted way of life, as all families in VSCT are taking turns hosting this educational event. The Vachanamrutha teaches us many life lessons, and teaches us ways of devotion. They have been very entertaining for the children, as we have had Yoga for Kids, led by a VSCT member, to start off the Vachanamrutha. After the yoga session, we come and sit down for the prayer. Afterwards, the kids take turns reciting vachanas that they have been practicing. They also explain the meaning of it so other kids can understand the vachana too. The recent summer vacation has made Vachanamrutha special, as visiting grandparents are sharing their experiences and are also participating actively in our discussions. The summer has also made outdoor Vachanamrutha possible thanks to the nice weather. The VSCT Youth members have been trying to share their knowledge and experience with the little ones as part of knowledge Dasoha. The Vachanamrutha is a way for people to learn how to lead better lives and make the Earth a better place.

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VSNA Fund Raising VSNA Convention Trust Fund The Convention Trust Fund (CTF) drive was conducted at the convention. Over $50,000/- was pledged by the convention attendees. We are in the process of collecting the funds. Detailed list of donors will be provided in the next quarter newsletter. For those interested in contributing to the convention trust fund, we request your tax-deductible contributions to CTF. Please send your contributions to:   

Treasurer, VSNA, Irappa Arabhavi, 10 Justin Drive, Mansfield, MA 02048. Make check payable to : "VSNA" Mention "Towards VSNA Convention Trust Fund".

The names of the donors will be published online on VSNA.ORG.

Puttaveeraiah Prabhakar & Sajjan Shiva VSNA Convention Trust Fund Committee

VSNA Life Membership

One of the tasks of the 2015-2016 agenda is the VSNA Life Membership Drive. VSNA patrons are encouraged to become life-members at the Central level and to service the organization in fulfilling its mission to spread the words of Basava. You contributions would enable you to have a say in the organizational affairs and to become an active member of the organization. So far, we have a total of 285 life embers. The entire list is on VSNA.ORG under members section. We encourage you would like to become a VSNA Life-Member, please submit your filled-in membership form along with your contribution to:   

Treasurer, VSNA, Irappa Arabhavi, 10 Justin Drive, Mansfield, MA 02048. Make check payable to : "VSNA" Mention "Towards Life Membership".

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WITH BEST WISHES TO ALL VSNA MEMBERS

FROM VSNA Newsletter – Committee

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VSNA Quarterly Newsletter Baandhavya June 2016

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