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.
Listen to Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami's lastest talk. He continues with his commentary on the new book "The Path to Siva" Chapter 4."Religions Have Very Different Beliefs" (October 10,2016)
Hindus believe there is one Truth, we just all don't agree on the name and nature of God. To compare Hinduism with other religions, you need to ask the orthodox practioners what their beliefs are. For example, one Christian minister explained that he believes we are fallen beings, not inherently good and need to be redeemed or face eternal Hell. Hinduism believes the opposite: we are divine beings with instinctive, intellectual and intuitive natures. Everyone will eventually become a spiritual being and attain God realization. That is about as far apart as we can get in beliefs. There is really no way that the two can be compared.
Path to Siva, Chapter 4.
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Kodiswara Selvanathan from Malaysia has just finished his five-month upakurvana taskforce program at Kauai Aadheenam, so he took the opportunity to become a Vidyasishya during our early morning Siva homa in Kadavul Temple. He first took the brahmacharya vrata, then voiced the Yama-Niyama Pledge and Ten-Minute Sadhana Vigil Pledge from the Vidyasishya document. The practices given in these two pledges help provide a balanced life throughout the schooling years, especially when away from home in university.
Before leaving, Kodiswara gave a wonderful testimony to all the monks about how much he enjoyed his stay, noting that he had thought monastic life was mainly worship and meditation, when in fact most time is spent working really hard. We have word that Kodiswara has arrived home safely, and hope his time spent at the Aadheenam working with the monks will give him a solid foundation for the future.
Aum Namah Sivaya. Sivaya Namah Aum
Today our Siddhidata Kulam receive five units of Pyramid Aeroponic planters. There were gifted from Nagarajan Pillay and his family from Victoria, Canada. Our Siddhidata kulam is in the process for building a green house to grow vegetables in, utilizing various methods such as Aeroponics, hydroponics and grow bags. We were also gifted grow bags to experiment growing our vegetables in! We are excited about this and just need to few dry days to finish the greenhouse construction!
It is amazing how well vegetables grows in these Pyramids! http://www.pyramidgarden.com
The monks recently attended a day-long meeting of the Tropical Fruit Growers Association which was held on Kauai. Highlights of the day included a lecture on avocado cultivation by an expert from Japan. A quality avocado sells for $10 a piece in Tokyo! He had developed sophisticated pruning and support methods based on the guideline that the tree should be no taller than the owner. One such tree was producing 300 fruits a year. At the back of the room was a table with 75 different tropical fruits grown in Hawaii--the monastery has about 50 of them, and there were at least a dozen we had never seen before.
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