Umapathi and Geetha Cattamanchi are members of the Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago which Gurudeva helped start when he gave that community a granite Ganesha in the late 1970's or early 1980's. Umapathi remembers meeting Gurudeva at that time. They are longtime subscribers to Hinduism Today. They also belong to a Shirdi Sai Baba temple and use What is Hinduism, Ganesha Puja and our other pamphlets in their children's class.
Mohan and Shanthi Thiagarajah are from Edmonton, Canada, members of the Mahaganapati temple there. It is their first visit to Kauai and they love the temples and grounds here. Mohan said "I really felt the peaceful shakti in Kadavul Temple this morning." They explain that the Mahaganapati temple in Edmonton is becoming more popular as more Indian immigrants come to work in Canada. They used to have around 50-60 people on Sunday, now a couple hundred.
Mr. Satyamoorthy and his wife Parameswary met Bodhinatha in 2007 in Toronto at the Thirumurugan Temple. Satyamoorthy translated Bodhinatha't talk into Tamil for the audience. It is their first visit to Kauai. They are wonderful souls that we hope to see back here soon!
END OF PHASE
Today is the last day of our phase.
This edition of TAKA will remain posted
over our coming two-day retreat,
until Dvitiya Tithi, Sun One, Wednesday, February 25th.
Bodhinatha continues with his weekly series of commentaries on The Path to Siva. In this past Sun One talk, he elucidates the four key beliefs in Hinduism, the three pillars of Sanatana Dharma and Gurudeva's three stages of faith. Primary to Hinduism is the key belief that God is within each of us. To have a well-rounded understanding and experience of Hinduism, to make spiritual progress, adhyatma vikasha, we need scripture, humility, temple worship, devotion. To fully experience God we need the guru to give the spark for meditation and deeper wisdom.