Monastery Twitter Updates for 2011-04-08

  • Bodhinatha is on his way to the Patel home for pada puja satsang and lunch. #
  • First Permian Basin Interfaith Event (video) -- Odessa American Online http://bit.ly/i008rz #
  • Seats filled for the interfaith event in Midland, the Permian Basin's first | Odessa American Online http://bit.ly/hTQARn #
  • Religious leaders discuss different views at interfaith panel in West Texas -- Mywesttexas.com http://bit.ly/h5SJHt #
  • We are on our way to Fort Davis with the Patel family to visit the McDonald Observatory tonight. #
  • The cutest room in the cutest old country hotel in the Davis Mountains in Texas, close to the Mexico border #

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Gurudeva Podcast Update

We have tested on iPhone and iPad and the RSS feed works just fine:

Go to this page on your iPhone or iPad in Safari.

http://www.himalayanacademy.com/podcasts

Then you scroll down, click the “RSS Feed” link under Gurudeva’s section. Your iPhone will switch to reader.mac.com in Safari. Book mark this page and add it to your home screen. Now you can return to this URL and listen to any of the talks posted here since January 1st. You will see the name of the talk e.g. “gr_taka-1425.mp3″ and right above. It is a small link to click, it takes a few seconds for the arrow to appear after you select a talk and it will play the audio for you. A new talk is added at the top every day.

Enjoy.

Bodhinatha Visits Phoenix

An important part of Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami's travels is seeing devotees--close sishyas and acquaintances. Here is Erasenthiran Poonjolai and his wife, mother and son.

Here are the Chandrasekharans, who always love to come and see Bodhinatha when he stays in Phoenix.

The main event was a pada puja satsang at the home of Chellappa and Banu Devi Deva, long time members of Saiva Siddhanta Church. Chellappa always does such a sweet, devotional and skilled pada puja. Vignesh Sukumaran was his helper.

The satguru's feet, decorated with beautiful yellow roses that can really only be grown to such sizes in this marvelously dry climate.

After the pada puja, Bodhinatha gave an upadesha, which all enjoyed. The topic: "Be a spiritual leader!"

Here are Shivadam and Parvati, a young couple who play the harmonium and tambura. They sang beautiful bhajans before and after the satsang.

About 25 families were invited to the satsang. Some 50 people showed up. Pretty good for a weeknight! The group in Phoenix is always so excited when Bodhinatha comes, and they shower him with affection and sit so attentively while he speaks.

Bodhinatha's message was powerful. The essence: A spiritual leader, as opposed to a religious leader, is someone who uplifts people wherever he or she goes, all throughout the day. Don't leave your Hinduism at home when you go out. Bring it with you and find ways to uplift the people around you in every circumstance, ways to make spiritual progress each day when you are out in the world. Be a spiritual leader!

A fun part of visiting Phoenix is always the outings into the desert. We went with several families to the Boyce Thompson Southwestern Arboretum in Tonto National Forest. Here is the organ pipe cactus!

This cactus, which clearly loves it so much here it is making lots of pups, was actually discovered here and named after the founder of the arboretum.

I call this one the platypus. (No idea of its real name.)

One of the large cacti that the Sonoran Desert in Arizona is famous for.

The arboretum has cacti from all around the world, arranged according to where they come from and presented in landscapes just like their native places.

Thank you for a wonderful visit to Phoenix, everyone! Aum Namah Sivaya.

Vasaant Helps at the Minimela

Vasaant has been work with the Pillaiyar Kulam this phase. Here he is at the Minimela.

Taking a break from processing inventory and things for sale, he checks out our telescope.

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

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