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.

The Journey Continues

Siddhanathaswami writes us from his travels in California with Shanmuganathaswami:


We missed Kauai's jungles, so we took a scenic drive and stopped at the cliffs south of San Francisco. It was a beautiful day, sunny yet in mid 60s and cool. These photos show a bit of green, but as soon as you go inland everything is dry beyond belief. They are in a 3-year drought after all.

We then flew to LA and met up with Mayuran Muttulingam. He took us on a tour of SpaceX. They don't allow photos inside, just like Kadavul. SpaceX builds rockets to put satellites in space and resupply the international space station. They are close to being able to reuse some parts after a launch, so that they don't have to build everything from scratch each time. Over the next 24 months they plan to have 50 launches. That means building two rockets a month!!!

The huge building had rockets being built at all stages. When they are assembled they are about 140 feet tall. It was a super high tech machine shop.

Today we are visiting Mayuran's home and going with them on an outing.

Aum Shanti

Monk’s Travels

Today, Shanmuganathaswami and Siddhanathaswami are in California to attend a 4D workshop and to visit with devotees. 4D is the platform that the Pillayar Kulam uses to manage their servers and much more. Shanmuganathaswami writes us from the road:

Jai Bodhinatha Jayanthi!

After an eventful red eye flight (I think our plane may have been hit by lightning!), we beat rush hour and made it to our hotel by 6am. For lunch, three 4D staff members took us to a Thai restaurant down the street from their office. Check out the name of the restaurant they choose!

Then we went back to their office for an intensive workshop on 4D's web software called Wakanda. It was fantastic! Exactly what we needed. Xiang (pronounced "Shawn") was a great teacher. In the evening we met with Sudheer and his friend about app development for the panchangam.

The other photo is from our hotel parking lot. The moon was just a sliver as the sun set.


More Photos from the Road

Above are more photos from Acharya Arumuganathaswami's and Sadhaka Jayanatha's recent trip to the Mainland. As was mentioned before, the two traveled to Florida for the Uberoi conference and a variety of other events taking place in Tampa, Orlando, Ocala and Gainesville. They next flew to Sacramento, CA for the Instructional Quality Commission meeting, for which they gave testimony and suggested edits to the current draft narrative of 6th grade social studies in an attempt to improve the teaching of Hinduism in public schools. They've since returned to Kauai Aadheenam and are readying for their attendance of the next IQC meeting.

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