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Dancing with Siva headed for Trinidad's Schools

At the second function that Bodhinatha and Shanmuganathaswami attended at the Hari Mandir in Tuna Puna, August 22nd, Trinidad’s minister of education, Dr. Tim Gopeesingh, was present. He attended the entire function. After listening to Bodhinatha’s talk, his turn came to speak. The camera catches the moment when he tells Bodhinatha that he will see to it that Gurudeva’s Dancing With Siva will be placed into all of Trinidad’s public schools. This was the fulfillment of a long-time dream and project of the hosts of this event: Pandit Narendra and Ashwinee Ragoonanan. The moment was extremely auspicious and you see in this photo the instant it happened. Jai!

After the talk, Bodhinatha presents a hard cover copy of Dancing With Siva to the Minister.

Tour Day

Guests crowd under the Banyan Mandapam to hear a short introduction to the illustrious Kailasa Parampara before setting out to see Iraivan.

It appears like the monks have a hundred full time gardeners!

A stop under a canopy of tropical shade guests hear a little about old souls and young souls, karma, all pervasive divine energy, and the core edict of Hindus; Ahimsa.

In less than an hour we are already getting close -- riding on the sacred energy flow of Kauai Aadheenam.

Oh wonder of wonders!

Ajit and Sanhya Kulkarni and Pushpa and Ashok Nalamwar were among the happy souls who joined us today.

This couple from New Mexico read an article about the monks three years ago in the Albuquerque Times and stashed it in their travel folder. When they arrived on Kauai this was their first stop.

Kodimaram Form Placement

Stepping back in time we have a series we did not run of the kodimaram form being placed into the hole in Nandi Mandapam foundation. It had been built several weeks ago by Arumugaswami and Sadhaka Satyanatha. Here it is being picked up by our forklift

It is eight feet tall, showing how deep the is the opening.

Moving into place

The stone at bottom is placed directly in the earth. This opening passes through the foundation and then the silpis dug also through the compacted gravel, finally to reach Mother Earth where they place the stone. This form will sit right on top of the stone.

The top must be level with the foundation.

Quickly the tent is moved back in place before the next shower passes by.

A few days later the space all around outside the form was filled with slightly over seven yards of concrete.

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

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