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Bodhinatha in Guyana

We have received some photos from Bodhinatha’s visit to Guyana in August. Here Bodhinatha and Shanmuganathaswami meet the president of Guyana, Mr. Bharrat Jagdeo, who deeply impressed the swamis. “He told us his country needs more philosophy,” Bodhinatha related. “Imagine, a politician asking for more philosophy!”

An article on page 7 of the Guyana Times reports on the visit the following day.

The previous day, the Times had published a picture and report of the two swamis’ arrival.

His Holiness Shivarathri Deshikendra Mahaswamiji

A few photos from Swami’s visit yesterday. Here he meets with the publications team.

We share with him some of our publications and Swami shows the publication that details his institution in Karntaka. It is huge! He is head of 1200 mathas throughout the state. Each one is headed by a Veerashaiva Sannyasin. So each generation they recruit and train 1,200 monks to keep their religion moving forward, and this in one state.

Swamiji visited with each of the kulam members. Acharya Kumarnathaswami show him the recent production of a book we are making for Gurudeva’s Tenth Maha Samadhi.

Trenching for New Electrical Lines

Another leg of the trench for electrical lines was made today, pass all the way through the road in the back of the monastery terminating with a box that will be ready to receive incoming power from a future solar installation on the northwest end of the property.

Pradeep is part engineer, part heavy equipment operation, part artist. He trained the team to day in the craft of heating these long PVC pipes to enable manual curvature. As always his work is amazingly precise.

Here we are in front of the machine and wood working shops both of which have equipment that can draw a lot of electricity. Now, when we turn on the combination saw, instead of breakers tripping and lights going dim, they will power up with no sign of overload.

After filling in the trench with dirt, it is important to recompact so that it does not settle over time and we do not leave empty spaces underground that will fill up with water. Pradee is training our team on the use of the “thumper.”

This machine weighs more than you do and has a mind of it’s own. have to learn out to let him bounce and move and gently guide the direction and force being applied on the earth below. If you run it too fast on soft earth it will bury itself and you are in big trouble. It’s an interesting process. Unlike most machines where you have a lot of control, with this one you have to “become one with the thumper…don’t fight him… guide with gentle shifts of your weight and direction.”

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