Drilling into Granite

As our CyberCadets know, the Iraivan Temple Builders' Memorial is proceeding this summer. Above is the latest work, three pieces that arrived from Loveland, Colorado. In the captions we tell the happenings of the last few days.

Off to the Islands

The three bronzes that make up the next masterwork from the hand of Holly Young and the studio of Bobby and Kathy Page are crated up and will head today for Kauai. Several months in the making, this remarkable three-part diorama is truly amazing. Bobby sent these photos from Colorado this morning so we can all celebrate their journey to Kauai Aadheenam.

Graced by Gardens

Enjoy this on-your-own paced slideshow with inspirational quotes

Fresh Fruit; Happy Monks

One of the Siddidhata Kulam's most joyous seva is supplying food for the monastery. Once or twice a week we drive around the property picking a wide variety of tropical fruits that were planted years ago by forward thinking monastics.

This week our harvest produced bananas, black sapote, mame sapote, lychees, chiku, Haitian star apple, avocados and egg fruit.

Plants Aplenty

Yesterday the monastery received a gift of rare hybrid plants. These specimens are from David Fell, owner of Fantastic Gardens located in Waimanalu on the island of Oahu. We have traded plants with David for about 20 years, and he has visited the monastery with his wife, Sandy.

David made his offer of free plants, and invited the monks to "come and get it." But that proved not feasible, so we turned to Adi Srikantha who is living for a few months on the Big Island. Adi agreed to jump in and make the gift possible, which was a complicated affair. Adi worked out all of the details of the 20-foot refrigerated container that was needed. Then he flew to Oahu for several days, arranged the agricultural inspections, loaded the container and arranged for delivery of the container to the monastery from the port.

The plants are all mature, colorful, special hybrids that David created over the last 25 years. Thank you, David. Siva's Sacred Garden welcomes these new arrivals.

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