End of Phase

This short 4-day phase concluded with a report from the Ganapati Kulam. Much work is in progress on future video projects, as you have seen. Paramacharya Palaniswami has been busy coordinating development of many different video and art projects. Acharya Kumarswami continues to work on the creation of various of our publications. Acharya Arumugaswami has been hard at work on the fifth and final History of India, bring us up to the present time. The editing team is working on editing the Yamas and Niyamas stories. Sivakatirswami completed building the web pages and server side processing for the new Digital Dharma Drive fund raising web site which had previously been designed in Indesign by Sadhaka Satyanatha. Senthilnathaswami also prepared all the banners that fly over all our web sites and help tweaked the final design and doing video work with Bodhinatha in preparation for turning Bodhinatha’s Keynotes into videos. We met our goal to launch the new campaign on October 1st. And now, with that all done the whole kulam is focusing on 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 Dvitiya Tithi, Sun One, Friday, October 8th.

Hinduism Today: Modern Method Match-Making

Our Hinduism Today, October/November/December 2010 edition, Educational Insight this time explores a new trend in matchmaking. The two models that once clashed--arranged marriage and do-as-you-please dating--are merging into something that can be called “arranged dating.” Parents meet and approve a daughter’s suitor, and then the couple embarks on the Western dating path, with all its implications and hazards. Plus we take a look at online resources for finding a life partner.

Hand Made Molding for our Kitchen

Sadhaka Adinatha is doing a bit of renovation in the monastery kitchen. In the process he needed 10 linear feet of crown molding to match the original. That brown piece is a sample from the construction done in 1929, presumably. Acharya Kumarswami volunteered to create the needed pieces.

The wood choice was Ylang-Ylang, an Asian variety of super straight grain. It’s also quite soft, so it makes for easy planing. This lumber is part of a fairly large quantity milled from an 80-foot tall tree that we had to take down 3 years ago, as it was too close to Kadavul Temple, fearing it might cause serious damage if it every fell, such as in a big storm. Two chamfers made with the table saw, and the rebate here with a japanese rebate plane. All set for curves.

Acharya cuts a groove to guide the hollowing plane for the cove. The groove also serves as a depth marker. This is a 50-year-old Japanese plane that he restored along with four others of different sizes to make a set.

Then the groove is broadened out with hollowing planes, starting with a narrow one. This plane is part of a set of 18 hollows and rounds made in England in the 1870s.

Then the convex part, with rounding planes. What fun!

The hollow is complete.

Here a Japanese plane enters to help with the rounding.

Suddenly a host of plane are all getting into the project, even the miniature planes.

The profile is complete, now requiring just a bit of sanding.

Finally we cut the 35 and 55 degree angles on the back of the molding, to match the original. That’s Sadhaka Adinatha there in the background admiring the end product, ready for painting and installation in the kitchen!

Archives are now available through 2001. Light colored days have no posts. 1998-2001 coming later.

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