End of Phase; Ganapati Kulam Report

Today is the last day of this phase. The Ganapati Kulam reported on their activities. They are busy with developing various publications and media. Here is a short list of projects in progress:

   * Palaniswami, Kumarswami and Senthilnathaswami continue work on the Paramapara book. Paramacharya Palaniswami has also been putting time in regularly to bring you all some of the lovely stories as a new TAKA feature.
   * Acharya Arumugaswami has been solely focused on getting the next Hindu History Lesson No. 3 ready for publication in the October issue of Hinduism Today.
   * Sivakatirswami is working on the Global Dharma pages of the next issue of Hinduism Today (Pages 6-7-8) and pushing forward some of our applications that provide access to Gurudeva’s and Bodhinatha’s talks. He also handles the daily incoming stream of posts, photos and input for this daily TAKA.
   * Senthilnathaswami has been focused on video work: recording Bodhinatha’s piece for the quarterly video.
   * Sadhaka Satyanatha is working hard on several feature stories for the next issue of Hinduism Today. One is on Chidambaram and the other is on the Hindu of the Year. Stay tuned for another great issue.

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, Thursday, July 16th.

Patels Visit New Minimela; Visitors from Asia

Mrunal, Padmaja, and Pooja Patel, who pilgrimaged here for the Guru Purnima festivities for several days, pose with Shanmuganathaswami outside the Northern entrance to the new building which will house the new Mini Mela, a library, two bathrooms with shower stalls and visitors area. It is a beautiful building painted a lovely peaceful shade of green, all solar powered, and surrounded by flowering trees and gardens.

Shanmuganathaswami took them all upstairs to view the interior of the second floor and see the view from the balcony.

Another busy day with visitors from Malaysia, Japan, and the Mainland here to enjoy the sanctity, peace and beauty of the Kauai Aadheenam. Behind them is the Iraivan Temple, where Chidambaram Stapathi and the silpis continue laying the remaining 880 rose granite floor stones. Work also continues up on the roof, where the copper edges are being permanently sealed into place. On the far left (standing) is Ammalvo Padarisamy and her husband Suppiah Angupatha from Malaysia, and their daughter Sugitha Suppiah and her husband, Raj Anand Nadarajah, with their two children Akila and Ishvar all from Fremont, CA. Also present is another visiting Hindu family from the Mainland, as well as eight happy visitors from Japan all thoroughly enjoying their very first visit to a Hindu Temple.

A Place That Is A Work of Art

Seeing the Aadheenam through the eyes of Sadhaka Nandinatha, a talented photographer with an artistic touch.

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    July Ganesha Homa- Spiritual Park

    Our monthly July Ganesha Homa at the Spiritual Park… here the huge homa pit through which are sent thousands of letters into the inner worlds requesting help from the "devas" or angels beings under the guidance of Lord Ganapati.

    As usual every single space accommodates devotees inside the Mandapam.

    Outside the huge crowd is a common feature now…

    Offerings …..

    Devotees seated inside the tent outside…

    Worship at the Narmada lingum has become a 'must' or devotees attending Homa.

    Devotees coming up the newly built steps….

    Others patiently queuing up at the small Ganesha shrine with their trays of offerings….

    Our Sishyas are always busy at this shrine breaking hundreds of coconuts….

    Devotees everywhere ….

    From left in front, Kulamatas Kulagan, Sornambal and Kavita

    Brah Vel Mahalingum giving a testimony about his travel for six months Task Force to Kauai Aadheenam.

    Another testimony from Mr. Kumar who happily obtained a upward positive change in his job.

    Kulapati Manon reading one of the Guru's teachings on the "role of women".

    Some devotees going down the new water front…

    A little rush of new buyers at the Himalayan Academy sales Booth outside ….

    A couple from Mumbai, India. They are coming to the Spiritual Park for the second time and said it is such a peaceful place for worship. They went home with their new copy of Dancing With Siva.

    The ceremony over, members, HA students and other volunteers stay behind to help cleaning up the whole place…

    Foil Stickers for Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka is in the air today. Our HPI editors received this note from Vellore, India: VELLORE: Matt MacCalla, International Programme Officer, Direct Relief International (DRI), Santa Barbara, California, the U.S., will provide medicines and equipment worth Rs.50 crore (US$2.5 million) for the rehabilitation of Sri Lankan Tamils affected by the war. According to Sri Sakthi Amma, head of Sri Narayani Peedam, Thirumalaikkodi, Mr.MacCalla had acceded to his request to make the gift. The agency would donate medicines, life-saving drugs and medical equipment. Sakthi Amma said that he had sought permission from Sri Lankan government to visit the island nation and directly distribute medicines to the affected Tamils.

    Then a box arrived with this foil sticker, which the monks designed a few weeks back. It is the monastery's gift to the Sivathondan Nilayam on KKS Road in Jaffna. They needed it for putting on vibuthi bags which they give to all visitors, and they had admired the Kadavul vibuthi bags.

    There are 5,000 of them on long rolls.

    The foil stickers will be hand-carried in August to Sri Lanka and given ceremonially to the institution which Yogaswami himself founded.

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