Top to bottom: Bodhinatha places prayers to the devas in the homa; at an interfaith discussion, attended by 300 in Midland, Texas, the Rt. Rev. Sam B. Hulsey regales Bodhinatha and Dr. Randel Everett with stories from his five-decade ministry; the Tushar Mehta family from Seattle, on fifth visit but first time having darshan with Satguru; Bodhinatha meets with Brother David and his fellow travelers; the Ganapati Kulam installs a rosewood cabinet created in Pakistan to hold 1,008 Sivalingams from the Ganges River; Sambandan and Thanaletchmi Umamaheswaran greet the cows during the last days of their month-long pilgrimage before returning home to Singapore; youth from Kawaikini Charter School pose in front of Dakshinamurti.
Iraivan Temple News
Our Iraivan Temple carving site outside of Bengaluru, once far from the city, is now surrounded by the expanding suburbs. Apartments have been built right on the other side of the worksite walls. The new neighbors are unhappy with the noise from the carving equipment. To assuage their discomfort, our team is building an 18-foot-tall wall of steel and concrete. Plus, we have planted a hedge of Bheema Bamboo, one of the fastest growing in the world, to further muffle the noise. Here on Kauai the monastery has received more large boulders for the ongoing temple landscaping project. Each boulder is so large that only one at a time can be trucked up to the monastery. The lowboy trailer had to be specially fitted with a 3/4” steel plate for the boulder to sit on. The plan is to use the boulders to create a ridge on the north side of the temple to mimic Mount Waialeale’s majesty. Some of the boulders will also be interspersed among the garden’s plants, making for fun experience as pilgrims are dwarfed by their massive presence. Our landscape designer, Martin Mosko, visited for a week from his home in Colorado to consult with the swamis about the garden design.
Spring Break brought more pilgrims than usual, many eager to have darshan with Bodhinatha. He was happy to meet them all. Bodhinatha spent a great deal of time preparing study guide material for the upcoming travel-study program to Mauritius with 50 devotees in July. He recorded the video of his quarterly Publisher’s Desk article in Hinduism Today entitled “Hinduism, the Original Humanism.” It’s a critical examination of secular humanism and Hindu humanism for youth immersed in the academic atheism of college life. See the video or read the article (in English, Spanish, Hindi, Tamil and Gujarati) at hinduismtoday.com . Bodhinatha spoke to the Rotary Club of Hanalei Bay, offering a light-hearted, 25-minute talk about the various ways the monastery gives to the local community.
Media Studio Progress
A two-man team from ARC Pacific flew over from Honolulu to install wall murals throughout the Media Studio. It took them two days to fill the building’s walls with art showing our paramparai, all drawn from the S. Rajam collection. In the woodshop, the nine mango desk tops, the entryway doors and two large ventilation windows were completed.
Publications and Other Activities
Another 3,000 copies of Gurudeva’s Lemurian Scrolls are now being printed. We are happy to announce the release of the German edition of Gurudeva’s Toolbox, translated by Professor Devarajan Sankaran. PDF, Kindle, Nook, ePub and Web viewing versions are available on our himalayanacademy.com website. Thanks to our Digital Dharma Donors for their support which sponsors these productions.
A class from the Kawaikini Charter School visited the monastery. The school’s curriculum is all taught in the Hawaiian language until 5th grade, after which it continues with an hour of Hawaiian each day. The children had a tour out to see Iraivan Temple. On the way they offered a beautiful Hawaiian chant. Brother David Steindle-Rast, a senior Catholic monk of the Benedictine Order, originally from Austria, also visited during March. He and his small group were given a tour of the grounds, after which they met with Satguru Bodhinatha and swamis. Brother David actively promotes the practice of gratefulness and was involved (along with Gurudeva) in past interfaith Global Forums in Oxford and Moscow. Three journalists visited in March: Char Ravelo, publisher of Hawaii’s Inspiration Magazine, came to visit with seven friends; Tiffany Hill flew from Honolulu to do an article for Hawaii Magazine on the monastery; and Pamela Varma Brown, a freelance writer and neighbor, sat with the monks to capture the history of the monastery for her new book, Kauai Stories.
Bodhinatha's Newest Teachings Online
Satguru Bodhinatha is now turning his 15-minute Keynote presentations into movies which can be used for our personal benefit or shared at a satsang of friends. See them here . Thanks to a vibrant team of transcribers we can hear Bodhinatha's recent talks and read the transcriptions here . Read the transcriptions on line. Click here for all of Bodhinatha's talks.
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Visiting the Temple Purifies the Mind, Grants Humility
(March 25, 2014)
Top to bottom: Monks gather in front of the Murugan shrine during Sun One homa; Nirvani Nilakanthanatha has become a bowl turner. He poses with a Monkeypod slab; one of his creations, a bowl with a fitted lid, all turned on our monastery lathe.
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