Satguru Travels to Malaysia and Singapore

Nearly every year, Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami and Sannyasin Shanmuganathaswami travel to Malaysia and Singapore to visit with members, attend satsangs, visit a temple or two and to hold the Aloha Dinner event. They just left Kauai a few days ago and their travels are going smoothly.

Aum Namah Sivaya

Last stop: San Francisco!

Our very last stop on the twenty-six day adventure is the fine city of San Francisco. Before we get into the trip, we begin with our exciting landing into the city.

Portland Satsang

We had a warm welcome in Portland and Paramacharya was greeted in the traditional manner.

The Green Gardens of Portland

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.

From the Heart of Archana Pillay

Part of Paramacharya Sadasivanathaswami and Natyam Rajanatha's recently-completed whirlwind travels across the US and Canada landed them in the lovely home of the Pillay family. Located in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, the family consists of father and mother Nagarajan and Shamini along with their three children, Archana, Divyesh, and little Dishanna.

Archana is the eldest and has quite a gifted grasp on artfully using the English language. Her poem expresses her personal insights and experience while on pilgrimage at Kauai Aadheenam with her family. Enjoy her heartfelt sharings.

"As we approached the fortress
Steeped in the veils of blue,
The pungency of love
From the house built for three
Sparked droplets of briny water
From these almond-cut eyes.

"After hearts laid helpless
From the Dancer's valiant display,
And sanguine scents
From the bewildering beginnings
Roamed unbeknownst to fear,
The gelatinous path of aloe
Crept to stage right

"And it was at that end,
In the room of mosaics,
Where this hibiscus transcended
From the silky crescent's peak,
Its petals of unmarred red
Floating atop of an oasis 
In the rooster's mellow island.

"Here we stand, hands-cupped,
For a swab of sapient nectar
From nature's five-faced boon,
Whose presence farewells
Ten thousand paper stacks of woes.

"These humble palms will never
Let loose such a silhouette
Of the azure cosmic plains,
Our slumbering serpents
Tickled too sweetly
By this flower, made to
Brighten the sapphire kingdom. "

-- Archana Pillay

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