More Photos from Satguru’s Travels

Here are a few more photos of Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami's recent trip to Malaysia.

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.

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