Bodhinatha in Texas

Bodhinatha sends this report on events yesterday as he and Senthilnathaswami are wrapping up on on their way home.

“Saturday we flew from Midland back to Houston . In the afternoon we had darshan sessions for three families, including Gaurav and Ripla Malhotra who flew down from Chicago.

Evening was the Krishna Janmashtami event in one of the large rooms of the downtown convention center. It started with 6 Pm parade from the entrance up on the stage to a small altar followed by Agamic Vishnu puja conducted by a priest from Meenakshi Temple. Then started the children’s and youth events. During the presentation by the older youth, I was interviewed privatlye by a local newspaper. Back at the gathering a famous Hindi singer performed. After his presentation I gave a short talk and we helped give out some awards. Then there was a Jai Jagadisha Hare style arati.

Cultural activities continued on into the night. We had a booth there with our literature. The young men volunteers manning the booth said there was a lot of interest. We met many devotees throughout the event who had been to Kauai.

Attendance estimates are 6,000 minimum.”

Houston Arati

Houston Bhajans

New Natchintanai Book

After our mention yesterday, we received a lot of queries about the new Natchintanai book. We are not taking any pre-orders. You will just need to stay tuned for the announcement when we have it stocked at our Minimela shop site. If we sell out immediately (which appears likely) don’t worry, we will reprint right away.

From the back cover:

“The profound tradition of Saivism migrated to Sri Lanka centuries ago. It was transmitted in recent times through a lineage of siddhars of the highest order. The late 19th and early 20th century master, Siva Yogaswami of Colombuthurai, left a rich heritage of songs known as Natchintanai (“Good Thoughts”) that contain the essence of Siva worship and Saiva philosophy. This selection of 73 of those songs is meant to serve as an introduction and learning tool for those who would integrate this veritable fountain of divine wisdom into the hearts and lives.”

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