Sun Two

Another very active day at the Aadheenam. The Pillaiyar Kulam reported on their work. They are completely dismantling on of our storage containers that was previously used to contain literature which has moved to the new Minimela building. Yogi Jothinatha also issued the Hinduism Today Production Fund newsletter today.

If you did not see it yesterday, now a new upadesha by Bodhinatha was posted yesterday. See the right side bar. We will post another one tomorrow.


Monastery Twitter Updates for 2009-10-13

Yes, the monastery is on Twitter now! Visit our Twitter page and follow us for some more real-time, immediate updates about what is happening at the monastery. Stay tuned.

  • It has been a delightfully rainy couple of days on Kauai. The monastery land is fully saturated with Siva’s divine blessings! #
  • The Ganapati Kulam is hard at work on the Jan/Feb/Mar 2010 issue of @HinduismToday. #
  • Parliament of World’s Religions just invited the Hinduism Today editors to be part of a Media & Religion Panel in Australia in December. #
  • We plan to speak in Melbourne on the evolution of Hinduism in US media, the school textbook issue and more. #
  • We took delivery of 60 large boulders for landscaping & waterfall building. Anyone know of more on kauai? #

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Sharing Seeds to Feed the World

For the past few years a small group of dedicated souls on Kauai has been holding Plant and Seed Exchanges with a goal of educating island people in how to grow their own foods, and sharing the best vegetables for the tropics. This year they invited Palaniswami to give a one-hour Keynote address at the event.

It was held at the Kauapea Farms, owned by Gary and Jillian Seals, shown here.

About 250 people joined in the festive day. Dozens of tables were put up under a greenhouse and several tents, and on them many hundreds of seeds. Everyone could come to a table, see a green bean or squash seed they wanted for their garden, and take it away, all for free!

The monastery table was the most popular of all!

The monks greeted everyone, answering many questions about the plants and seeds we brought to the exchange, and enjoying the camaraderie.

The monks had carefully put seeds into small envelope, hundred of envelopes, each marked with the contents. And they also made the green signs you see here, to explain each plant, give its history, value and photos.

For hours, the table was a non-stop gift-giving, which monks of course love to do.

After the exchange, everyone (well, many) came to a small wooden barn for Palaniswami's talk about the adventures of monks in nature and the sacredness of the Iraivan gardens. Here Senthilnathaswami works to get the projector up and runnning.

Swami took them on an extensive tour of the gardens and grounds, including the Annapurna veggie garden which feeds the monks with fresh, organic produce each day.

He told of the giant trees that are planted near Iraivan Temple, trees that will live 2-4,000 years.

Then into the botanical gardens with their mounds and deities. Many came to the monastery the following day, to see with their own eyes the marvels they saw in that little barn.

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