Twitter Updates for 2012-04-01


  • A giant spike emerges from the agave by Dakshinamurthi. It will grow 10' tall & 6" wide in the weeks ahead. #

  • A neighbor gifted some full-grown palms to our gardens. We dug and moved 6 to the new visions display area. #
  • Watch the video of the Second #Interfaith Dialogue of the Permian Basin 2012 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGT_PE3-lXI&hd=1 #

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Yogaswami Mahasamadhi Puja Richmond Hill, Toronto


On the March 31st morning we went to the Richmond Hill temple for a specially organized Siva Yogaswami's Mahasamadhi puja. The puja was organized by Mrs. Jayanthi Nikhilananthan, her sisters, family and friends. They are the nieces of Ma Navarathnam who wrote various books on Yogaswami. We had about 150 people gathered for the event.

Darshan Meetings in Toronto

Dr. Pon. Sivaji (left) came to Kauai couple months back and really loved the temples and the Aadhenam. He came to see Bodhinatha with his close friends Jay and Jayanthi.

Dr. Lambodharan is actively teaching the young generation of Hindus in Canada to get to know their roots. He was seeking Bodhinatha's blessing.

Siva Markandu with extended family. They are the tireless team spearheading the sales of our various publications. The kids had a few tough questions for Bodhinatha.

Gearing Up Education in Jaffna

As you may be aware, we have been providing financial assistance to 34 war-affected students from Vanni in the College of Education of Jaffna.

The College of Education is a teachers training college with eight campuses in Sri Lanka. Students enroll in this college for three years of study. During the first two years, they live on the campuses and attend lectures and during the last year they are sent to schools to undergo an internship. Four of the students who received this financial assistance have completed their studies and two of them have already been appointed to positions as teachers in a school. The remainder are performing their internships in public schools.

 

Our sincere thanks go to Manitha Neyam Trust and their donors for supporting 19 students. We also extend our gratitude to a small group of kindhearted souls from Canada who came forward to help nine students. Their act of kindness is giving hope to these students who --by the end of this year -- will be graduating and becoming teachers.

Last month, I met with all of them in Kopay. These students went through a lot of suffering, but they are determined to pursue a higher education so that they can contribute to their communities by taking up one of the noblest professions on earth - TEACHING.

In Peace,
Rishi Thondunathan
PS: I am enclosing some photos I took with the students.


Video of Second Interfaith Dialogue of the Permian Basin

Here it is: the long-awaited videocast of the Second Interfaith Dialogue of the Permian Basin, held on February 28, 2012, at the First Baptist Church of Midland, Texas. Emcee: Russell Meyers, CEO, Midland Memorial Hospital Speaking for First Baptist Church: Dr. Randel Everett Speaking for Temple Beth El, Odessa: Rabbi Holly Levin Cohn Speaking for Kauai's Hindu Monastery: Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami Speaking for St. Stephens Catholic Church, Midland: Monsignor James Bridges Speaking for Masjid Al-Qur'an and Masjid Al-Islam, Houston: Imam Wazir Ali This year's panelists each spoke on the perspective of their faith on questions regarding the singular non-negotiable truth of their faith, the role of women in their faith, the practices that members of their faith perform in the home, their personal view on capital punishment and how their faith values diversity and looks at the idea that the whole world is one family.

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