Our journey is coming to an end and the second to last stop brings us to Portland, Oregon, or as the locals say "Orgen." It was a short but delightful sojourn in one of America's fastest growing cities, driven in part by the IT companies who are centered there, and the migration of millennials to this food-aware haven.We are greeted lovingly at the airport and after a little rest are off to a special outing in America's second largest city park. The satsang at the Regade home was a special one, with great questions from the group, talks of SBNR, a story by Paramacharya that brought laughs and lofty thoughts to all present and quiet blessings afterwards. Follow the slideshow for the details.
After months of toiling and research, Acharya Arumuganathaswami was ready to test out his recently-crafted barrell washer. Our method of cleaning the freshly harvested fruit heretofore was entirely manual. While effective, it isn't entirely the most efficient. Automating some of that process will aid in the overall production.
Enjoy this pano shot of the gardens of Iraivan Temple. This is the view on the temple's east side where we find not only plants but the continuing of Rishi Valley's stream into the off-camera Wailua River. It isn't, however, only plants who find themselves in residence here. Many, many creatures have deemed this area a suitable home. Herons, egrets, koi, tilapia, frogs, toads, myna birds, dragon flies, chickens, doves, snails, and more all live in the area that you see here. It's their home just as much as it is ours and we're grateful for their presence as a reminder that Siva as Vishveshwara, the Lord of Everything.
This past retreat, father and son duo Nagarajan and Divyesh Pillai joined some of our monks on a noni harvest. Acharya Arumuganathaswami along with Natyams Nandinatha, Rajanatha, and Jayanatha made up a full group of six and managed to pick just over 1,800 pounds (820 kg) of the magical medicinal fruit. This fruit will eventually become noni juice and serve as the highly beneficial organic elixir sold by the monastery.
We share with our CyberCadets a collection of images taken yesterday just outside the Media Studio in which the very words you're reading were written this morning. The garden there is all arids, planted to contrast with the lush tropical foliage that is everywhere else. They're of various plants, such as orchids, agave, euphorbias and cacti, all of which grow in and around a shallow deposit of black gravel surrounded by Kauai Blue Rock. Requiring little to survive yet able to thrive, these plants hold a monasticism about themselves. Of course, not all desert plants can take the 95 inches of rain at the Aadheenam, but the ones you see here have made the necessary accommodations to enjoy the island. Enjoy this wild array of Siva's beautiful, diverse, peculiar emanation.
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