Darshan with Bodhinatha

Nagendra Arakali and family from Denver with his wife’s parents from Bangalore. They are devotees of the Sringiri Mutt and Sringiri Shankaracharya in India.

Swami Nirmalananda Saraswati visiting from from Svaroopa Vidya Ashram near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She took her brahmachariya vows under Swami Muktananda and later received sannyasa from Swami Shankarananda (another swami initiated by Swami Muktananda)

Farm Equipment Repair and Renovation Never Ends

Johnathan Anderson revs up our newly modified 7-foot finish mower. With the addition of an extra gear box, the mower has been offset two feet from the right side of the tractor, allowing us to mow under the noni trees without the tractor hitting the trees. This is part of a “mow and blow” system of mulching where the grass growing between the rows is regularly mowed and the cut grass lands in the tree row. We realize it’s not pretty to look at, but will definitely do its job!

Side view of the mower. The original gear box was turned 90%, a new gear box added so the power take off shaft (yellow) could be properly connected with the new offset.

Bee Swarm Looks for New Home

For many years we had bees living in the roof and walls of the Guru Peetam. Up there on the left. It took us all of two days to take apart the walls and open up the roof to remove them years ago.

Well, it is summer time and the hot roof must be generating the sweet fragrance of the honey and wax that was in there years ago.

Bees have an uncanny sense for finding the location of a previous residence and they have decided to move in.

The monks are doing their best to discourage them. We love bees, and in the Hawaiian culture and beehive in your residence is considered very auspicious.

But having them in such close proximity is a safety issue where some monks and visitors may be allergic to bee stings.

But, nature will have her way and it seems the new young queen has already entered and this means the bees will be very determined to stay put.

Sandhadevi's Ritu Kala Ceremony

Sandhydevi’s coming of age ceremony, called “Ritu Kalam” was celebrated in California recently.

She is the daughter of Jothi and Deepa Param. Her parents studied at Kalakshetra in India and Jothi is a trained carnatic singer. Sandhyadevi here is listening to her appa singing Maha Ganapatim

Paathi (her grandmother, Bhavani Param) giving her blessings.

Her mother Deepa and Grandmother Bhavani doing aarti to the new “goddess.”

Sandhyadevi and her akka, Yatrika Ajaya

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