Paramacharya Sadasivanathaswami and Sannyasin Senthilnathaswami stopped for a couple of days in Chicago to visit with devotees there. An outing to the Museum of Science and Industry was enjoyed, focusing on many exhibits ranging from genetics to transportation and energy technology to weather patterns.
Panshula and Jill Ganeshan hosted a satsang at their home in Orland Park. Paramacharya gave a wonderful talk, and the History of Hindu India movie was shown. This 23-minute video is making inroads into the Hindu community across America and the academic community around the world, dispelling common myths and misconceptions about Hinduism and educating youth and adults about the glorious history and true grandeur of the faith. A preliminary version of our Innersearch Mauritius compilation video was also shown, jerking tears from one Innersearcher in the room and reminding others of the magnificent, loving, challenging, educational, exciting and life transforming experiences that Innersearch offers. Many were the attendees asking when and where the next program will be. Siva is keeping it a secret even from us right now, as no solid plans have been made. All we know is that it will be two to three years from now, but who knows where? All we can say is that based on the success of the most recent program, just last month in Mauritius, it's a very good idea to start saving up.
At the end of the satsang, in response to a refrain we had been hearing throughout our trip--"Swami, the monks are so busy and have so much important work to do, I won't want to bother Bodhinatha and the monks by writing in for guidance about my small, insignificant issues in life"--Paramacharya gave a strong and rousing bit of encouragement to all present: The monks are not busy. Sure, we are engaged in lots of projects, but we wouldn't be doing it without all of you. You and your lives are just as important as anything we are doing at the monastery and around the world. All is Siva, it truly is, and we are one family. Write to us, share what is going on in your life. Keep us informed. Request guidance. This is what we are really here for. A guru parampara is not made of projects; it is made of people, and you are those people. Don't hesitate.
There you have it!
Aum Namah Sivaya
Of the few larger projects left to be done in the Media Studio, the washroom has been the main focus over the last few weeks. Acharya Kumarnathaswami and our hired master-carpenter Jeff, have been working hard to instal the room's vinyl and finish the stone and grout work. The large mirror has also been installed and the ceiling has received its moulding and been painted with a final coat. All that is left is to finish the grout, install the fixtures, and hang the door. Progress is also being made in the entry hall way and elsewhere.
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