Satguru Visit The Bengaluru Carving Site

A note from Thurai about the progress the of the wall stones:

The top layer of stones is called the Kapothaga Vari, which comprise all of the stones that form the upper layer below the pot and above the wall.

The base layer is called the Kanda Vari and comprises of the pillars and the wall sections in between them. There are a total of 35 wall panels with those borders. The other will just be plain ones.

For the count, totally there are 50 red pots. The Kapothaga Vari course consists and 50 bigger stones which sit above the pillar and  49 linear sections sitting on the wall. The Kanda Vari consists of 49 wall sections that include the 35 bordered and 14 plain ones and the 50 Pillar sections. The total count of stones are 248.

So far we have completed about 60% of the pillars which have the intricate carving on them and about 60% of the Kapothaga vari stones which sit on the pillar. Other than that we have just completed two wall panels and are working on the balance, 33 pieces. The linear Kapotaga Vari pieces are about 70% complete. The pots we have just started and completed 3 pieces.

Please note that the percentages of work are estimates only based on a rough count of stones completed and nearing completion soon. Also the percentage may be inaccurate as some wall panels are long and some are small. The range from 8-11.5 feet in length.

Satguru Visit to Mauritius, Day Two

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Satguru in Mauritius – Day 1

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Travels in California

Sadhaka Jayanatha sends a final note from the road before flying back to Kauai:

In the morning following the Interfaith event, the Patels drove Acharya and I to the airport. Texas hospitality did seem to exist in abundance, even the TSA officers were very relaxed and friendly. Instead of funny looks about our unique travel attire, we received pleasant comments, such as: "What comfortable looking clothes you've got there." We watched the red sunrise over the flat horizon while our slightly late plane was prepared for its flight to a larger airport. We then walked along the tarmac and boarded our flight. A quick transfer to a bigger plane in our next location and we were off to San Jose, California!

We touched down midday and got into our rental car. We drove to our hotel, which is an Embassy Suites, minutes from the area's Hindu cultural center. It is a hotel structured with four walls of rooms enclosing a large open center, with a garden area, restaurant and koi pond in the middle, so that when people are down there enjoying the hotel's happy-hour after 5pm (seems to be bit of a party hotel), everyone else in the hotel can enjoy their noisy and inebriated incoherence. We had a free afternoon, with which we got a few food items and then found a place to walk. A thin strip of "park" stretched several blocks close to our hotel. It has a walking path and interestingly about 80% of the people you see there are indian in full kurtas and saris.

The next morning we took another walk on our pathway, and then were picked up by Easvan Param from the hotel to attend a satsang at his home in Walnut Creek. It was a nice peaceful place with a beautiful garden. Acharya presented his Textbook keynote and we talked a bit about the interfaith event, all followed by a wonderful lunch. After returning to our hotel, we readied for the HAF dinner that evening at the aforementioned Hindu cultural center.

We were picked up and upon arrival Acharya was interviewed by two TV channels and one radio channel. He was basically questioned about the information he was about to give in his presentation. The night then began with HAF setting their fundraising goal, followed by several important presentations about what HAF was doing. It also included other talks, such Acharya's presentation of the textbook issue, which apparently really spoke to some people. We then spent a few hours talking to those who approached us with greetings or further questions.

The next day we visited the Local BAPS Swaminarayan center. It was previously a very large warehouse-like building which BAPS had successfully turned into a thriving and well-kept center. There they had classrooms, kitchens, halls, a store, residences for their pujari and for their Sadhus, as well as a central shrine area. It was the 8th annual celebration of the center's opening, so several other Sadhus flew in. That including Chaitanyamurti Swami who had visited the Aadheenam a few years ago, and who gave us a warm welcome. On arrival we had a tour and a meeting with Pujya Doctor Swamiji who is one of the most senior members of their order. After the main events and a talk by Doctor Swami, Acharya gave his presentation to a small group there. More photos from BAPS coming soon.

Aum Namah Sivaya!

The Fifth annual Interfaith Event held at the First Baptist Church.

Jayanatha gives his report on the ground: "Our trip has been busy so far. We landed in LA at 9:30pm and waited until 10:20pm for the bus service to our nearby hotel. There we checked in and slept for a few hours, waking up at 3:00am to catch our next flight to Denver. Flying east, we soon reached the sunrise. The cloud layer was thick below us and above the only visible sights through the upper atmosphere were the moon and Venus (?). Then a breathtaking sunrise. After landing at the Denver airport we made our way to our next gate. The closer we got, the smaller the airport became. The ceiling lowered, the walls closed in and the cowboy hat density increased. We were in the right place! We boarded a tiny plane which flew us a sleep-deprived, semi-conscious hour southeast to Midland, Texas. We then checked into our hotel and fell fast asleep for three hours before waking up to go to the Interfaith event. It went well and people really liked Acharya's well-prepared material."

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