Sun Two

Here is Bodhinatha in India on the last Innersearch.

At home all is well. The river of holiday guests continues unabated.

Siddhidata Kulam Sun One Garden Day

Every sun one the Siddidatha Kulam team spends all day starting, planting and amending the soil. The all organic garden feeds the monastic community 365 days a year. With much trail and error Yoginatha Swami and Sadhaka Adinatha have perfected the planting cycles of each plant in the garden. Swami utilizes a master calendar that keeps tract of each plant, how long it is grown, what time of year to plant and the best fertilizer to help the specific plant grow.

Sadhaka Nilakantha is preparing special potting soil that is used to germinate our seeds into small plants.

From a seed you see a plant in one to two weeks

Sadhaka Adinatha lovingly tends to the small greens and prepares them to be planted in the garden.

Sadhaka Adinatha inspects the very happy lettuce

Ganesha over see and blesses all the joyous Seva in the garden.

This head of cabbage is growing well.

A variety of greens are grown in the garden. Lettuce, chard, and kale to name a few.

Easan and Sundari Return to California

Easan and Sundari Katir from Santa Clara California recently approached Bodhinatha seeking blessings for some fund raising ideas they had for Iraivan Temple. Long time devotees, they have worked tirelessly since the inception of Iraivan to help raise funds and inspire the born Hindu families in the greater Bay Area to do the same.

Bodhinatha felt they could be most effective by flying over to Kauai and give personal tours for the hundreds of guests that come to Kauai Aadheenam to see Iraivan during the holiday season. They performed an invaluable service to the monks and local mission members by giving hours and hours of service by providing personal attention to our guests.

Even on retreat days Easan and Sundari would provide full tours down the San Marga path and on this day we counted fifty guests.

Spellbound by the wonderments of Iraivan.

Easan told Bodhinatha that he was able to talk to more people about Iraivan in this one week than an entire year of living in Santa Clara.

Sundari enlightened us on an important fact about Iraivan. In ancient times Kings or Raja’s would build the temples (and accrue the benefits) where Iraivan is a rare opportunity as it is being built by the people.

Today was their last day and we want to thank them for their wonderful service!

More Visitors

Shyamadeva Dandapani was on duty today hosting guests. He writes

Here are First time visitors: Virgil and Elizabeth Bastos from Brooklyn, NY and Toni and Bruce Roberts from Tulsa, OK.

The Lal family, Srirish, Rahal, Anisha Anuradha and Jaya, from Monroe, LA with Anuradha’s parents, Durga
and Sushila Agrawal from Houston, TX. Anuradha said she still has the rudrakshas she got from the trip to
Kauai when she was eleven years old.

The Lals and Agrawals listening attentively to Bodhinathaa’s answers to their questions.

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The Lals and Agrawals having darshan with Bodhinatha.

Pancha Ganapati Around The World

We bring you more photos from Pancha Ganapati celebrations. Later we will make a Maha Slide show.

Here is an actual 5 headed murthi at the home of Toshadeva and Kamala Guhan here on Kauai.

Now we go off around the world to the home of Sivaram and Devika Eswaran in Malaysia. Their shrine is all lit up.

Sivaram does arati….

Talented in the arts of song and dance … Devika singing to the Gods.

Little Arunesh opening his presents.

Now off to the America to join the Golden Gate Satsang.

Kulapati Janaka Param writes:

We had a joyous satsang and Pancha Ganapati celebration.

Here we perform the monthly homa at the home of Easvan and Devi Param. Easvan, on the left has two of his grandsons, Jeya and Bodhi assisting.

10-year-old Sandhyadevi Param gave her most accomplished singing and veena performance yet. She sang and played the Ganesha Geetam. Sandhyadevi’s paathi, Bhavani Param accompanies on the tambura.

We were blessed to have six guests from Bhutan. Five of them are pictured here in a row from Ganesh Subedi in white on the left. Ganesh was the first to come in 1999 and he has been helping the new arrivals due to the political problem over in Bhutan. The lady in the white coat led us in some bhajans – Bhutan style! It was very uplifting to have them with us. You can listen to them below:

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One of our member remembered and recited this poem from heart from the Loving Ganesha Book (see below)

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After this we had a Panchaganapati puja and watched a video of Gurudeva’s Mahasamadhi puja, followed by prasadam and a hugging send-off of our new Bhutanese friends.

All in all, a wonderful day.

Aum Namasivaya,

Janaka

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