End of Phase

Today ends a short phase. The Ganapati kulam shared their news today, Paramacharya Palaniswami and Sannyasin Senthilnathaswami returned last night from attending Adobe Max in Los Angeles and shared news of there adventure. The other members of the team have been very much focused on finishing the next issue of Hinduism Today.

Today is the last day of our phase.
This edition of TAKA will remain posted
over our coming two-day retreat,
until Dasami Tithi, Sun One, Monday, October 12th.


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Tour Day October 8th

Each guest arriving for the Public Tour has an opportunity to begin the journey with Lord Ganesha’s blessing before entering the property . . .

“We are all growing towards God, and experience is the path. Through experience we mature out of fear into fearlessness, out of anger into love, out of conflict into peace, out of darkness into light and union in God. Aum”
– Gurudeva

“He who sparkles in your eyes, who lights the heavens and hides in the souls of all creatures is God, your Self.”
– Siva Yogaswami

We often wonder what stories the silpis will tell their families when the they return home. Telling their children and grandchildren that in a land far away a magical Siva temple is being built the way it was done in India in ancient days. That Hinduism is very great and spreading to distant shores. That people from the Americas and all over the world travel to see it, and pray at this sacred place.

The guests hear many tales of the dedicated life of service and sadhana the monks perform every day of their life. But it is a rare occaision when one actually comes walking by!

Pilgrims to Kauai's Hindu Monastery

On the recommendation of devotee, Shakti Mahadevan, this very devout meditation group of ladies arrived for the very beautiful and powerful morning puja in Kadavul Temple, followed by a tour of the Iraivan Temple. All are from Washington State and Oregon. Linda Melhoff (purple shawl) remembers meeting Gurudeva in 2001. She felt especially blessed when Gurudeva came and talked with her in the temple at that time. Before her departure today Linda stated that after her visit here she felt "completely fulfilled spiritually."

Dr. Kamlesh Thaker and his wife, Chhays Thaker, R.N. pose at the monasterie's famous "Lookout." Dr. Thaker is a cardiologist specializing in the Intensive Care Unit, while his wife, Chhays, is an ICU nurse both serving at the same facility in Houston, TX. They were especially blessed to receive the darshan of Sat Guru Bodhinatha Veylanswami this morning following the puja in Kadavul Temple.

Dr. Viren Jhaveri and Dr. Shamila Jhaveri pose with Aakash (13) and Ansh (6) following a tour of the Iraivan Temple and gardens. This lovely family is from Westbury, NY (originally Mumbai). Shamila felt the peaceful energy here and wants to return to this spiritual paradise again soon.

Monks Return from Los Angeles Conference

Each year Adobe has a major conference for developers and high-end users. This year Palaniswami and Senthilnathaswami went to LA for the October 5-7 event. More than 5,000 were there from all over the world, all greeted here by Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen. The swamis learned new ways to bring Gurudeva's legacy of teachings to the Internet, new tools and ways of using the familiar Adobe tools. In this theater on the first day they saw about 15 minutes of the animated film, Avatar, a sci-fi bit of Adobe-driven humans-versus-alien wizardly directed by Titanic director James Cameron.

On the day after the conference ended, the swamis met with Madhuri Shekar who works as a digital Media Intern at Sony Pictures, and is also, we are proud to say, the Digital Dharma Editor of Hinduism Today magazine.

Next we met with Prasanna and Nalini Kodapadi. They are Master Course students recently married and deeply in love with Gurudeva's writings.

Prasanna works for a film company and Nalini is an accomplished singer immersing herself in Carnatic singing. These were wonderful meetings and a sweet break from the technical days of learning.

Our First Film Is Being Made in India

Gurudeva's legacy of authentic Hindu resources is astonishing. He worked with the monks for years on the Insight Sections in each issue of Hinduism Today. After decades of such work, there emerged the book, "What Is Hinduism?"

In 46 chapters it outlines the philosophical, cultural and religious dimensions of Hinduism. Two years back we asked, "Wouldn't it be wonderful if the book was all in film, on the screen, maybe to be distributed by PBS or the History Channel?"

So, we set about to do just that, and found the Ajay and Anasuya Shetty family in New Delhi to undertake the ask. Anasuya's father and mother are the theater and film couple that took India by storm in the 80s when he produced the Ramayana tales on Indian TV. It captivated the entire nation. Now they are all working together on our first episode, a 22-minute film on The Nature of God.

Today they sent some stills from Delhi. That's Ajay at the camera, setting up the narrator of the story. She is Geeta Chandran, the most famous Bharatnatyam dancer in all of India.

Geeta will be the voice that takes us through the film as we discover the profound vision that Hinduism has for the divine. Next year, we will have the film to show you.

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