Darshans with Bodhinatha

The Puvanendran family from London were back today to meet with Bodhinatha. THe grandparents had wanted to visit here for a long time.

Later on the Shukla family from near Houston, Texas, made their first visit. The children got a copy of What is Hinduism? book signed and asked Bodhinatha many good questions.

And with their parents, Urmil and Neeta. The family are Hinduism Today benefactors, Iraivan Temple Builders, and also helped start a fund for their temple with Hindu Heritage Endowment

Tour Day, July 30th

We are standing with the tour group over by the near the flag pole. This is a new added venue we are bringing the group to because of the incredible views. Off in the distance guests can see the Ganapathi Kulam building, "the eagles nest".

Another large gathering for "Public Tour Day". This new stop gives a panoramic view of Iraivan and also a view of Rishi Valley. It is also large enough to accommodate the larger summer groups.

As part of the tour we give a few basic beliefs of Hindus, so we always let our visitors know that our monks don't proselytize. They have no intention to convert or attempt to convert anyone from another religion, belief or opinion to Hinduism. Hindus honor all religions of the world. They do however, believe in and promote education. By understanding what our friends and neighbors believe and hold sacred we can create bridges of understanding and mutual respect and hopefully a more peaceful world for our children.

John Lydgate joined us again with some guests. He is waving from the back row.

Very peaceful and appreciative group.

Local Kauai residents. The young man (16 years old) walking in the back with the orange striped shirt wanted me to have a monk come out and teach him how to meditate.

Kandan always amazes the crowd with his speed and accuracy.

Little Harlan found magic everywhere. Here he has found the Mimosa pudica (Sensitive Plant) that closes briefly when touched.

During the walk back I took what I thought was a private detour through Rishi Valley, path of the spiritual giants. A man on the tour came up behind me and told me that 3 months ago, he would have considered almost everything I said as "mumbo jumbo."

But recently he had had a "near death" experience. I could see in his face that he was reliving this experience as he could no longer talk. We walked together in silence. No more words were needed.

The Blue Jade Vine (also called a Green Jade Vine) is a spectacular vine. The vine itself has a thick woody trunk, which branches out with leaves that are a waxy light green. The vine can quickly reach lengths of up to 75 feet.

Summer brings many little ones. An open window to the divine.

They love the Koi ponds and lizard chameleons.

Dancing with Siva In Tamil

Sivakatirswami has begun work on typesetting Dancing with Siva in Tamil. This work has been on the shelf for years. Originally done by Pundit Mylvaganam in Sri Lanka the text was entered in a Tamil font that is no longer functional on our current platform. We also wanted to move forward to using unicode so that we can put our Tamil works on the internet with actual characters instead of images

Bodhinatha has been wanting to get this into the hands of the Tamil reading people for many years and now finally it is happening. As of 2009 Adobe's Indesign program which the monks use for publications, is now capable of handling Unicode.

Swami had previously converted the book to the Mylai-Sri font. With the help of the ever supportive collaborator Muthu Neduraman, one of the world's top Tamil language IT experts, (founder of Murasu Systems in Malaysia — see his company online: http://www.murasu.com/), we now have the book in unicode.

Just for this project Muthu wrote a C program to convert the book from Mylai to Unicode and also generated a Unicode compatible version of his lovely Anjal font. This is in Anjal Chittu Slant. Thank you Muthu! So, look forward to more Tamil in the future and now, being unicode, after we put it on the web, you will be able cut and paste to email.

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