Rudra Homa at Murugan Temple in Kajang

Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami and Sannyasin Shanmuganathaswami are currently traveling in Malaysia. They recently attended a morning Rudra homa at a Murugan Temple in Kajang. The homa was a fundraising event for Iraivan Temple. Some 500 sponsorships were offered. It was attended by about 1,000 people. There were eight priests chanting Rudram and about three assistant priests. The nakshatra was Ardra and the vibration was high. Satguru attended the last part of the event and then gave vibhuti for an hour and a half. Satguru said that "many of our members attending, commented that they had never attended a Rudra homa before. There is already interest in doing this again next year."

Satguru gave and evening book presentation at Scott Road Murugan Kalamandapam and gave a Keynote presentation "Eight Gems of Wisdom from the Tirukural." A number of Weaver's Wisdom and other books were sold and signed. 

November California Trip Part 2

Recently Acharya Arumuganathaswami and Natyam Jayanatha have returned from their short trip to California. Above are some photos from their journey. The two flew into San Jose, CA, late at night and drove on empty highways to the state's capital of Sacramento. Their goal is to keep tabs on the developing California textbook narrative draft process. See here for details as to what this process is all about.

Basically we are doing our small part to ensure that the presentation of Hinduism in public school textbooks is fair and accurate as opposed to the current, slightly slanderous content. Our monks checked into a hotel down the street from the Department of Education, and next attended the Instructional Quality Commission (IQC) meeting, in which comments can be submitted and vocalized in regards to the IQC's current work on the draft narrative.

After two days of meetings, with our monks giving public testimony, the task was done until the next meeting. Before returning to Kauai, the monks had an evening meeting with local members of the Hindu Education Foundation. The HEF had been very helpful in this process by encouraging their children to testify at the meeting about their experiences in the classroom when studying world religions in 6th grade. The monks also took an opportunity to take a short hike through the Bay Area's (currently dry) hills. Then back to Kauai they went!

IQC Meeting in California

Acharya Arumuganathaswami and Natyam Jayanatha are in Sacramento, California again on a short mission to attend a meeting with the International Quality Commission Board of Education. The education board is reviewing the edits that Himalayan Academy is proposing for the Hindu section in California textbooks. swami-at-meeting

Permian Basin 2015 Interfaith Dialogue

On September 10, 2015 religious leaders from five different traditions gathered in Midland, Texas for the fifth annual Permian Basin Interfaith Event. There the panelists answered each others questions and discussed contemporary issues.

Monk’s Travels

Sannyasin Shanmuganathaswami and Sannyasin Siddhanathaswami have recently returned form their short trip to California. Here is Siddhanathaswami's last message he's sent from the road:

Aum Namah Sivaya,

Yesterday was a busy day. We went up to Santa Monica for coffee with an IT professional, Sekuo Page. He runs a company that services a full range of tech areas from support and consultation to web server maintenance. He recently changed how he runs his business and was explaining the economics theory behind it (he's an economics major). It was an important contact for our tech area future. 

Next we drove by Venice Beach which looks like it has a popular bike/walking path along the beach. Then we drove up around the SRLF Lake Shrine. Looks like a really peaceful spot, but it was closed when we passed by. Then we made our way up through part of Malibu and turned inland toward the Malibu Temple. It was a beautiful drive with desert cliffs and canyons all around. At the temple, we walked around a bit and went inside the Vishnu part of the temple for some Darshan. It had a wonderful vibration. The Siva Temple building was closed while we were there. Then we drove back the long way to our hotel through Studio City, Hollywood and Beverly Hills. There are a ton of people in the LA area!

Today we went to a retail display store to look for hardware to purchase to upgrade the displays in the Minimela. Tons of great options! It's amazing how much easier it is to make decisions when you are seeing it in person versus just looking at photos!

Then we stopped at Om Imports and purchased some items for the Minimela. They have a container coming of large Ganeshas that just left India and will send photos when it arrives.

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