Bodhinatha In Saturday and Sunday in Malaysia

On Saturday Bodhinatha had darshan meetings with devotees all morning and then gave his “Hindu Tools for Success” presentation at the Kalamandapam of the Scott Road Murugan Temple. There were over 300 attentive participants in the program. Our devotees had tables set up with books and literature and reported that distribution was brisk.

On Sunday he met with devotees again in the morning and also the Council on Missions of the Malaysia Mission.

In the afternoon the Hindu Heritage Endowment Estate Planning Seminar was held at the his hotel. All available seventy seats were filled. Two professionals gave the main presentation on wills and on the employee provident fund, the Malaysian equivalent of social security as well as some general thoughts on prudent family financial management. The presentation was extremely well received. Coordinator of the event, Kulapati Guhan Sivalingam felt the program went very well and hopes more such seminars in Malaysia in the future.

Autumn Visitors

Guests pose in front of Dakshinamurthy which is in direct line with the sanctum of the Iraivan Temple.

Our visitors from California were in awe as they toured the very beautiful and sacred Iraivan Temple. It is the only temple of its kind in the Western hemisphere, all hand-carved from white granite, and manifesting completely and in every detail according to the Vasthu Shastras.

The East Gopuram Lion Pillars where visitors love to roll the granite ball around in the lion’s mouth.

The sacred rudraksha trees are now in full bloom with beautiful delicate white flowers that are loved by the bees who are producing marvelous rudraksha flower honey which the monks are harvesting from their bee colonies.

Trustees of the Shiva Vishnu Temple in Washington, DC, Dr. Chaitanya Ravi and his wife Dr. Rajani Ravi are here visiting for the first time. Both remarked about the peace and serenity and absolute beauty of the Aadheenam temples and grounds, and found it “difficult to leave such a rare and truly beautiful place.”

Think Globally, Eat Locally

The questions facing humanity and the millions of other species we share the Earth with are many. The monks are working on a Hindu Manifesto on Global Warming for the upcoming Parliament of the Worlds' Religions in Australia, which Bodhinatha will attend and give a Keynote talk. We are also working locally with a group called the Kauai Agricultural Initiative, who are working to strengthen agriculture on our island. They have sent us ten reasons to eat locally, which we want to share today. Of course, the monks do eat locally, if you call having the garden, the fruit orchards and the cows 1,000 feet away local. We encourage everyone to do what they can to follow this simple but powerful principle. Remember, for millions of years every person on the planet was a localvore!

10 Reasons to Eat Local Food 1. Eating local means more for the local economy. According to a study by the New Economics Foundation in London, a dollar spent locally generates twice as much income for the local economy. When businesses are not owned locally, money leaves the community at every transaction. 2. Locally grown produce is fresher. While produce that is purchased in the supermarket or a big-box store has been in transit or cold-stored for days or weeks, produce that you purchase at your local farmer's market has often been picked within 24 hours of your purchase. This freshness not only affects the taste of your food, but the nutritional value which declines with time. 3. Local food just plain tastes better. Ever tried a tomato that was picked within 24 hours? 'Nuff said. 4. Locally grown fruits and vegetables have longer to ripen. Because the produce will be handled less, locally grown fruit does not have to be "rugged" or to stand up to the rigors of shipping. This means that you are going to be getting peaches so ripe that they fall apart as you eat them, figs that would have been smashed to bits if they were sold using traditional methods, and melons that were allowed to ripen until the last possible minute on the vine.

5. Eating local is better for air quality and pollution than eating organic. In a March 2005 study by the journal Food Policy, it was found that the miles that organic food often travels to our plate creates environmental damage that outweighs the benefit of buying organic. 6. Buying local food keeps us in touch with the seasons. By eating with the seasons, we are eating foods when they are at their peak taste, are the most abundant, and the least expensive. 7. Buying locally grown food is fodder for a wonderful story. Whether it's the farmer who brings local apples to market or the baker who makes local bread, knowing part of the story about your food is such a powerful part of enjoying a meal. 8. Eating local protects us from bio-terrorism. Food with less distance to travel from farm to plate has less susceptibility to harmful contamination.

9. Local food translates to more variety. When a farmer is producing food that will not travel a long distance, will have a shorter shelf life, and does not have a high-yield demand, the farmer is free to try small crops of various fruits and vegetables that would probably never make it to a large supermarket. Supermarkets are interested in selling "Name brand" fruit: Romaine Lettuce, Red Delicious Apples, Russet Potatoes. Local producers often play with their crops from year to year, trying out Little Gem Lettuce, Senshu Apples, and Chieftain Potatoes. 10. Supporting local providers supports responsible land development. When you buy local, you give those with local open space -- farms and pastures -- an economic reason to stay open and undeveloped.

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