Bodhinatha’s Singapore Adventures

Bodhinatha and Shanmuganathaswami arrived safely in Singapore on May 23 after 24 hours of travel. Their multi-purpose visit to Asia is focusing on meeting with members, students and business associates. Here they are reviewing a memorandum of understanding for printing Hinduism Today in India.

The afternoon adventures included visiting the 340m-long Marina Bay Sands SkyPark, a "ship" set on three 55 story towers on top of the world's largest public cantilevered platform, which overhangs the north tower by 67m. Unreliable sources told us its secondary purpose is to act as a life-boat when the giant waves come to Singapore during the end-of-the-world disaster in late 2012.

The Marina Bay Sands is located next to the Singapore Flyer. Bodhinatha, Shanmuganathaswami and the Singapore devotees rode this, the world's largest, most gigantic ferris wheel last year…

The photos above were taken aboard the "Duck Tours," a small fleet of amphibious boats which tour the streets of Singapore as well as the Marina Bay. The Singapore Mission members and students, who, you may guess, live in Singapore, had never been on the "Duck Tours" or visited the Marina Bay Sands SkyPark. They always look forward to these outings with Bodhinatha where they can be close to the Satguru for a few hours. From left to right, Dohadeva, Raman, Suselah, Nagavathy, Sivakumar, Easan, Shanmuganathaswami, Satguru Bodhinatha, Krishna, Sakuntalai, Sudha, Gopinath, Thivaashenee, Kasturi, Amar, Lavanya, Shanta Devi and Vasaant.

On top of the SkyPark, Bodhinatha surveys the spectacular, panoramic view of Singapore.

These are two opera houses being built below. They are designed to look like giant turtles basking in the sun on the beach.

Shanmuganathaswami meets up with his milking apprentice, Vasaant, who recently returned to Singapore after five weeks of task force at the monastery. No cows up here. But look! There are turtles below.

The night view is breath-taking with the beautiful lights of the city below. Mother Nature was also giving a lightning and thunder show off in the distance to show her happiness and appreciation in having Bodhinatha visiting Singapore. Coming up… the Malaysia adventures.

Anjali Sundaram’s Vegetarian Vrata ceremony

Anjali Sundaram read her vegetarian vrata vow at the Shiva Murugan Temple in Concord on Thursday. The GGM ladies were happy to witness the event and we all got together at Savitri Palani's residence for lunch. Asha Alahan came up with a great gift for Anjali. It was a box filled with spices and a curry leaf plant that was blessed at the temple. Congratulations, Anjali.

Bodhinatha in Malaysia – Ekadanta Kulam News

Bodhinatha is sending brief reports from Malaysia. These past few days he has been meeting daily with key people during the day and having darshan meetings each evening with families. Tonite he has the big seminar and book release at the Kandasamy temple in Kuala Lumpur.

At home Saravananathaswami gave his report at lunch and forwards this list of his activities:

* processing incoming Master Course Self-Evaluation Study worksheets and discussing progress with students
* new paper mail processing
* researching some samskara specifics to answer students’ questions
* troubleshooting old projector some more before sending to Malaysia
* teaching some sishyas how to use new website--posting large photos, adding PDF file attachments, etc.
* more teaching of sishyas how to switch to PayPal for submitting tithing and donations
* adding Bodhinatha’s latest posted talk to private SSCxxx website and Master Course students Facebook group
* testing video Skype and Facetime for Mac in preparation for a satsang call
* show some pilgrims around on the grounds.
* logging more payments for California and Malaysia retreat
* speaking with satsang group on phone
* sending out Guru Purnima rededications to sishyas
* going through the follow up list in dbase
* adding news and tweaks to new private Saiva Siddhanta Church website .
* communications with people about pilgrimage and entering that info in visitor calendar.
* scanning 100′s of paper documents to make them available in digital form and to keep in our archives.

Satellite Image of Aadheenam Land

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An amazingly detailed satellite photo of Kauai Aadheenam, including San Marga, given to us by Venkatesan, a local civil engineer who is helping Yoginathaswami with plans for our various construction projects.

Click here for an enlarged version.

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

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