From Chicago

Yesterday, our traveling monks visited the Chicago Lemont Temple. The main event of the day was the graduation ceremony of the over 300 students of the temple classes. Groups of children did singing and dance performances. Bodhinatha gave a short talk to everyone. In another building, Bodhinatha then gave a 45 minute lecture to a small but interested group.

They then visited the Willis tower (was the Sears tower) with a group of about 15. There they had an amazing view of the city. Following that, the group had dinner at a Thai restaurant with more than 20 people.

A Rare and Welcome Visitor

Last week Swami Nityananda, disciple of Swami Muktananda of Ganeshpuri renown, visited the monastery with 40 or so of his followers and yoga students and had some wonderful conversation with Sadasivanathaswami. Swami knows Kauai well and has been visiting regularly over the decades since Baba's passing. In this photo they are exiting Iraivan temple.

What was not known at the time is that one among the visitors was Dana Wilkinson, the twin brother of our own Acharya Kumaranathaswami. Dana and his wife Jackie served on the staff of the spiritual retreat that Swami Nityananda was holding on Kauai. That's Dana with a brown shawl on his shoulder and Jackie in front with the blue dress and scarf.

After the above temple tour, Dana and Jackie found their way to our carpentry shop, there to greet Acharya, who was not expecting them and who had not seen Dana for 41 years! It was a rare and unexpected brotherly confluence. Both had grown up, found the spiritual path and entered Saivite lineages. Acharya showed Dana the wood shop and took them on a tour of the Media Studio. We thank Jackie for the photos.

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