Today was the monthly Ardra abhishekam and a number of devotees attended the puja from different places. Afterwards a group met Bodhinatha. Mr and Mrs. Chellappa (far left in photo) are from England, originally from Sri Lanka. His brother is Chandran Wigneswaran of Sydney, whose family organized Bodhinatha's visit there in February.
Prakash Babu, president of Peoria, Illinois temple and his wife came too. Prakash operated the "cherry picker" bucket that lifted Bodhinatha up to the top of the temple tower during the kumbhabhishekam in 2005.
And finally several from Detroit, Michigan. They recalled Bodhinatha attending the Ganesha Temple kumbhabhishekam in Phoenix Arizona because their sister lives there.
Religion needs to be of the present. Mankind is evolving spiritually; mass consciousness is rising. When we go to the temple, in the right spirit, contributing devotion and prana, being open to the blessings of the Deity; it purifies the mind. The Hindu religion focuses on the mind; purifies it; controls it, subdues the ego, makes us more humble.