Monastery Twitter Updates for 2011-09-02

  • Kauai's Hindu Monastery website design project makes Jeffrey Zeldman's blog http://www.zeldman.com/ #
  • A first. Today China's largest yoga group emailed to request permission to translate Hinduism today articles. #

  • They just completed a massive gathering & are seeking background for the yogis of China. We said, "Yes." #
  • Short video of monthly Gurudeva pada puja yesterday at the monastery http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfxSc-v_YUM #

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Darshan with Bodhinatha

Rishi Thondunathan is here on pilgrimage. Today he gave updates to Bodhinatha about various service projects he’s engaged with.

Sashi and Gayathri Subramanian with kids Maitreyi and Meru are back on pilgrimage from California. They have visited multiple times and enjoy basking in Kadavul Temple darshan.

Electric Service Wall Built in Five Hours

Today we are fortunate to have two master masons on site. Gordy Wilson and Gilbert have both worked on the Iraivan temple temple roof. Today they are building the CMU block wall for the new electrical service that will be installed soon. Here Gilbert is laying down the first course.

Gordy is mixing mortar. They are both taking the time to mentor the Siddhidata Kulam team and Brahmachari Mayuran who is serving in the SK for several weeks. Getting the cement mixed properly is a important key. The “mud” must be just the right thickness.

Here Gilbert shows how the mortar is applied to the end of the blocks.

The base course is mission critical. It sets the level for the whole wall.

A line is stretched to set the elevation for the rest of the blocks on the base course.

Dry mortar for the job.

Both men are experts at this work and it moves forward swiftly with the monks helping.

Four courses completed…

Yoginathaswami comes to check on the work.

The tenth course is almost done… Mayuran is working on joints.

Sadhaka Tejadevanatha being trained…this wall will be used to hold the new service panels and meter.

Twelve courses completed in five hours! Congratulations to the team and special thanks to Gilbert and Gordy for their contribution and patience in sharing the skills and experience with our monks!

Mauritius Pumpkin Lives On – Episode 1

Years after we received some pumpkins seeds from Mauritius, we continue to collect seeds from the giant fruits. The seeds are true cultivars, meaning that their DNA is passed on from one generation to the next, unlike modern hybrid sees. Each year we take seeds from the healthiest pumpkins and dry them and replant.

The Siddhidata kulam likes to start their seeds in small pots in the nursery. When the seedlings are strong the are ready to go into their own small pots. These are strong enough to go straight out to the garden.

A plot that was roto-tilled and covered in very deep mulch has plants placed at six or seven fee apart. They are growing really well.

Over the next few months the vines will cover the area completely, flower and fruit fruit. Stay tuned for Mauritius Pumpkin, Episode 2….

Gurudeva Pada Puja (video)

We bring you a short iPhone video with highlights of our monthly puja to Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami’s sandals at his shrine in Kadavul Temple at Kauai’s Hindu Monastery on the monthly occurrence of his mahasamadhi nakshatra, Chitra, September 1, 2011. Only two months to go before the grand tenth annual observances of Gurudeva’s Mahasamadhi!

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