Yesterday morning, the Innersearch staff left Lihue airport on Kauai to begin our long journey to Mauritius. We had a short flight to Honolulu, an eight hour flight to Japan with a several hour layover, followed by a seven hour flight to Singapore. Now the staff will fly for an hour to Malaysia and will continue on with a final eight hour flight to Mauritius.
At this moment our staff is waiting in the Singapore airport to board our flight to Malaysia. So far everything has been going very smoothly. The team enjoyed their time in the Japanese airport, being served by automatic beverage machines and treated very courteously by the Japanese security. By the time we boarded our next fight, our internal clocks were reading, "somewhere close to midnight," while outside the plane, Tokyo's cloudy skies were bright. The Staff of the Singapore airport has been very helpful and our stay at the airport's hotel was deeply appreciated. At this point we've all done a fairly good job of (at least partially) correcting our jet lag.
Not long now and we'll be in Mauritius, to begin preparations for the 2014 Innersearch to officially begin in just a few days.
Aum Namah Sivaya
Acharya Arumuganathaswami and the Ganapati Kulam have been working with our long-time friend Dr. Shiva Bajai for over a decade on books for Hindu education. This collective initiative to produce the book, the "History of Hindu India," has been Himalayan Academy's/Hinduism Today's response to the problem of negative portrayal of Hinduism and India in school text books. While school boards and courts and publishers wrangle over making changes, we went ahead and produced the content that really should be in those books. After the printed lessons and book by that title were so well received, the initiative took on a new development when a video was proposed and the Uberoi Foundation agree to fund this effort. We are proud to announce today the official release of The History of Hindu India (Part One) on YouTube. Versions with sub-titles in other languages will be coming on line in the weeks ahead. Special mentioned goes first, of course, to Shivaji, who is Professor Emeritus of History, California State University Northridge as he was instrumental in guiding the content development. We also thank video producer Sushma Khadepaun for her infinite patience and long hours she put in both here and in India to get this done on a shoestring budget. Kudos also to narrator Raj Narayan for his collaboration and drive to produce the best audio track we could. This video is intended to provide an authentic presentation of the history of India and Hinduism for use in American 6th grade social study classes, as well as Hindu temple study groups and general presentations on the Hindu religion and history. The documentary is based on the first chapter of the textbook, The History of Hindu India, published in 2011. For more information and for class lesson plans based on the book visit http://www.hinduismtoday.com/education/. Funded by the Uberoi Foundation, Institute for Curriculum Advancement. May be freely distributed for educational purposes. Directed and Produced by Sushma Khadepaun; Produced and Narrated by Roger (Raj) Narayan