The traveling monks attended a homa put on by the Pillay family of Victoria, B.C., Canada. The officiating priest was Chandrasekara Gurukkal, originally from Vellore and now in Toronto, who was at the monastery ten years ago. He and Kandasamy Gurukkal performed the mahasamadhi rites for Gurudeva in Kadavul temple, and also the namakarana samskara for Yogi Rajanatha! That post is here.
After the homa we had the pleasure of being part of a small concert. Performing was the world renowned flutist Shashank Subramanyam.
The last stop in Colorado was to visit the quiet and scenic Shambala Retreat Center, some 9,000 feet high into the Rocky Mountains. This 600-acre facility is home to pine and aspen forests, providing a safe and supportive container for the teaching of paths of personal health, deepened awareness and transformation. There are approximately 50 people on staff living on site and keeping up with daily chores such as cooking, ground maintenance, construction and cleaning.
The center has over 150 programs per year and welcomes all people with inspiration, interest and curiosity about understanding the nature of self and society. Please visit links that currently don't work inside the captions:
Cache la Poudre river
The traveling monks spent two days at the feet of Dakshinamurti, housed at the famous Arsha Vidya Gurukulam. We wanted to visit and pay our respects to Dayananda Saraswati. The second day of our visit was his second mahasamadhi celebrations.
Arsha Vidya Gurukulam (Under the auspices of Arsha Vidya Pitham) is an institute for the traditional study of Advaita Vedanta, Sanskrit, yoga, Ayurveda, astrology, and other classical Indian disciplines--founded by Pujya Dayananda Saraswati. Home to several resident monks, the center's 14 acres has housing for retreat getaways, advanced seminars and long programs ranging from one to three years.
Please visit their website, linked above, for all their details.
We had the fortune to have two meetings before leaving The Big Apple