We return to that yesteryear (OK yesterweek) in Melbourne, Australia, to the magical time. Here Bodhinatha is being introduced by our host Dr. Sunder, who was instrumental in bringing the Hawaii team to the Parliament.
The ultra-modern Melbourne Convention Center is massive, open, high-tech and brand new.
Hinduism was represented richly. Here the president of a Hare Krishna college in Spain speaks.
Dada Vasvani, 92, gave one of the most moving talks of the week, calling on the human race to Stop All Killing. If you did not see his video on YouTube, it's worth 11 minutes to hear his amazing appeal. It's here: http://bit.ly/6eIhqc
Buddhists move gracefully to their next panel.
Catholics and Jews in informal dialog.
Back to opening night, with the entire Melbourne Philharmonic and Chorus on stage, with an aboriginal front and center.
There was Indian dance,
and Sikh chanting
and Zoroastrian offerings.
In the halls two Chinese dragons are locked in mock combat.
He spoke not a word of English, but this Chinese Buddhist was among the brightest lights.
Muslims at the Hare Krishna booth.
The Sikh's had by far the most amazing display. You can walk through this giant exhibition, rooms within rooms of Sikh history, philosophy and photos. Hindus need to create a traveling unit like this for global communication.
The blessings of Lord Murugan awaken wisdom which resides in his chakra. "Pray to Lord Murugan to unravel the great mysteries of the universe." When we get emotional we lose touch with our wisdom. Murugan inspires penance to soften karmas and purify the mind, chitta-shuddhi. If you do kavadi in the right spirit, to get the full blessing, have in mind specific misdeeds, apologize to the deity, learn from it, promise to do your best. Visions are still happening. Feeling the energy of the deity is stronger during festivals such as Skanda Shashti.