Rudiren Carpanen Pillay, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University Of KwaZulu-Natal Durban, South Africa, is here on task force for nine days- He will be receiving his Samaya Diksha before he goes home.
Wonderful day here, full of remarkably useful meetings. We met with filmmaker Vasant Nath, whose short films have been winning awards here and abroad. Then another filmmaker, Anant Krishnan came, eager to lend his burgeoning cinematic skills to Gurudeva's work (he reads everything we produce). Anant is a fine storyteller and will be doing a small script for us soon. The Indra Sharma family came, Charan, Veena, Pratik and his uncle. They brought food for the traveling monks, and lots of love and welcoming. It was as though all of India were saying welcome home. The entire family is deeply immersed in art, which you would expect from seeing the masterpieces their father Indra did of Gurudeva back in the late 1990s. Young Pratik is being sought out by Audi and others in the auto industry, who love his creative depictions of automobiles, a love of his.
Veena is working on a piece showing Pradosha Siva and several of Gurudeva's visions, and she brought the canvas for us to explore together. Charan's magical canvas of Sadasiva recently sent as a gift to the monastery is destined to appear on the next cover of Hinduism Today, after the Bali issue, that is.
More Meetings in Mumbai
Later in the afternoon, we had a long and fruitful meeting with Prof. Prashant Dave (driving all the way from Ahmenabad to see us) who has been working for over a year with Dr. Rameshbai Trivedi on the Gujarati translation of Dancing with Siva. He brought with him a philosopher and scholar who will join the team to work next on Merging with Siva. There was a great sharing of their inspirations, of the history of Saivism in Gujarat (where there is today a strong Pasupati mutt and a number of ancient temples). We gifted them both with special rudraksha malas made on Kauai. They have a profound sense of the place of Gurudeva's teachings, and of the need to share his wisdom with all who speak Gujarati.
As the sun began to sink in the smoggy sky, Deepal Daas arrived. He is a thirty-something film animator working for TATA, one of India's (and the world's) most adept animation studios. He has offered to help us create a short video for the web, a simple but meaningful overview of who we are and what we do.
Off at dawn to Bengaluru and then a three-hour drive to Suttur Mutt in Mysore. Stay tuned for the further adventures of Sadasivanathaswami and Sadhaka Satyanatha.
Some news from our nursery department with recent plant acquisitions and improvements. These new plants will be planted in the ground shortly and allowed to grow into large clumps for sale.
And on the practical side, we created a prototype of a nursery bench to solve two problems: both metal and wood benches rot out in a few years in Hawaii, and we have 1,500 feet of used 4" PVC pipe with no other use.... Having the pots up on the benches is both better for the plant and easier on the gardener who doesn't have to stoop to care for them.
Religion needs to be of the present. Mankind is evolving spiritually; mass consciousness is rising. When we go to the temple, in the right spirit, contributing devotion and prana, being open to the blessings of the Deity; it purifies the mind. The Hindu religion focuses on the mind; purifies it; controls it, subdues the ego, makes us more humble.