The Ganapati Kulam had breakfast with long-time devotees to the monastery, Sunder and Rupinder Arora from Ottawa, Canada. This morning’s meeting was on their 33rd wedding anniversary. Sunder and Rupinder have been visiting the monastery every year since 2001!
The group had an insightful time discussing current projects, and also had the chance to talk about Sunder’s book, Ushering in Heaven. Here is an excerpt from Chapter 3, Awareness:
“I am often asked, “Is technology bad? Should we go back to the simplified life of the past?” In the final analysis, technology is neither good nor bad. It is like music; its quality depends on the player. You can either create a symphony or noise. This same technology in the hands of an awakening person can help speed up his or her spiritual growth.”
The book is available on Amazon
[Words from the lexicons of all our books]
Two days back the monastery was in a local newspaper, our Garden Island, with a stress on our work in the community in agriculture and water management. Today we received this sweet note from our ex-mayor Maryanna Kusaka. You may remember that she danced a hula with Gurudeva at his birthday party in 1998. She took him through some hula steps, then he reciprocated, showing her some manipuri dance forms. It was a sweet moment for our island residences to witness. The photo above is the mayor at a ceremony when the monastery adopted a policeman as community service. Here is her note from today:
Congratulations to your community! Great spread in the paper and so well-deserved of some acknowledgement. It is hard to grasp the amount of work you all have accomplished in just the few short years you all have been here all in your very humble and quiet way. We all love sharing the joy and pride you must feel when you realize how impactful your efforts have been. You really share the true meaning of Aloha when you share unconditionally for sure. I thank you on behalf of our island community -- please give my best to Bodinathaswami. I am sure he is very busy these days as all of you are with all your many projects.
My genuine aloha,
As many of us know, our monks like to vary their culinary endeavors. While most of the week they enjoy food made in a simplified South Indian style, on their weekend nights they make a variety of world cuisines. Once a month artisan pizzas are made in the wood fired oven.
Right before the whirlwind of spiritual activity hits the monastery, there is a sort-of calm that sweeps in. If you aren't looking you will miss it, move too fast you won't even know it came, it lasts an eternity but it's gone in an instant.
We rarely do these type of posts, but they are often the most desired. The farniente, or "do nothing", of the monastery doesn't happen much on the outside but we caught a glimpse for those who have begged the monk-papparazi--you know who you are.
Archives are now available through 2001. Light colored days have no posts. 1998-2001 coming later.