Sun Three

Sun Three brought the Pillaiyar Kulam news. Shanmuganathaswami has been focused on the many details involved in finishing our new Minimela information center for guests. Muruganathaswami continues in his normal work where he carries a big load in managing all the internet orders and communications relating to sales of our publications. Yogi Jothinatha has been working closing with many people on their advertising in Hinduism Today and Yogi Jivanandanatha has been dealing with the annual Hindu Heritage Endowment grant distributions to fund recipients all over the world, mostly in India and Sri Lanka.

Scaffolding for the Gold Leaf Project

Today began the month-long process of gold leafing the five towers of the temple.

A team of four flew in from Honolulu to begin the first step, which is to install scaffolding for the leafing experts.

They brought a truckload of materials and began putting it all together.

They are a spirited team.

It will take them a few days to assembled the hundreds of pieces.

Each tower will be accessible when they are done.

One step closer to completion.

They rented a giant extensible forklift to reach the towers safely.

Praise for Hinduism Today Video From Brasil

Andre Garzia from Brasil has been a long time software collaborator, working with the monk on our web site, may of the wonderful things you see here have his brilliant working behind them. Here he offers some thoughts about what he sees coming out of the end of this delivery channel that he works so hard to help us keep moving forward:

Aloha to the Swamis from Brasil!

I’ve just watched the video summary for the apr/may/jun 09 issue of Hinduism Today and I must say both as a film school graduate and as someone who has studied journalism that the video is astounding (I’ve learned this word just to put it here). I think the new media initiatives and techniques been used in our current multimedia productions are state of the art. Just by watching the video I feel very good and proud of being able to help a little with all our work.

The video quality is pristine. I always knew that you all made one of the most professional magazines and books I’ve ever saw (and after 9 years in the media school, I’ve seen plenty of them), now, I believe we’re reaching the same quality of work with the videos. They are not only technically beautiful but their content is amazing, powerful and we can simply see truth in it. I’ve also just watched the latest video on TAKA (nice work with the camera focus!!!). I can repeat myself saying, it’s an amazing resource.

This is not unexpected and after seeing the new videos, I am smiling from ear to ear because in these last five years [that he has been working on our projects] I’ve come to understand that when you put real devotion and real love in your labour, you can accomplish the most amazing things.

Please congratulate everyone there!!!

Om shanti,

Andre

Divine in Nature

Visitor, Cosibella Cristenas writes:

I met you in your beautiful gardens a few weeks ago while I was photographing the exquisite flowers and foliage you have planted. Here is the image I created using a photo of the statue in the pool outside the temple. I am creating a website to promote my images called “Divine In Nature” …soon to be completed.
Thank you for the beauty you have created for so many to enjoy. I always feel so close to God when I visit the temple.

With love and gratitude,

Cosibella Cristenas

May Activities at Spiritual Park-Mauritius

Siva Dakshina radiant at the Spiritual Park of Mauritius…. We bring you a few photos about activities at the Park this month. Winter has shyly crawled in and cool sea breeze blowing over the place makes it very soothing for the visitor to have walk around the property, specially early morning.

A new series of seminars for trainee catalysts has just started at Saiva Dharmasala for teaching of Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami's "Saivite Hindu Religion" series meant for the youth.

Some of the participants who attended the workshop. The Catalyst Course is made up of ten units of three hours session each. They will go through Book One to Six and also study "Parenting with Love". At the end of the course the participants will take a test and this group will have theirs in February 2010.

A group discussion on one of the topics on Unit One. The next session will be held on June 20 at 13.00 Hrs.

The main entrance at the Park has now a new look. Large lava rocks have been placed all over the ground inside the gate…

At the far end of the property the land has newly been cleared and leveled by a JCB to provide more parking space for visitors who come by thousands on our regular Sunday Ganesha Homa. The next step recommended by Bodhinatha, would be to cover the ground with stones to avoid mud clogging into the wheels on rainy days.

The few Amalaki trees at the Park are fully laden with Amla fruits this month. In the body of knowledge of Ayurvedic medicine with the hundreds of botanicals and herbal remedies derived from fruits with high dietary fiber this amalaki fruit is targeted for potential immune function support, a digestive aid, enhancer of metabolic processes, potentially promotes skin and hair health rejuvenation, and also for anti-inflammatory reasons.

Our small Japanese garden at the back of the Ganesha Mandapam is being upgraded with new plants. New plants donated by devotees are being planted all over this place.

Another new parking lot behind the Mini Mela Gift Shop has been cleared too for our Church sishyas…

Brahmachari Vel doing an arati at the small Ganesha Shrine at the main entrance. It is Sunday karma Yoga day and visitors are not yet at the Park. It's early morning.

A group of karma Yogis is first to come ….

They work on the parking behind the Mini Mela, raking the ground ….

Kulapati Amba Valaytan, our monthly Karma Yoga coordinator is happy to have a nice team working on the property. His priority this month has been upgrading the two parking lots of the Spiritual Park.

Archives are now available through 2001. Light colored days have no posts. 1998-2001 coming later.

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