Pilgrims Meet With Bodhinatha

Mr. and Mrs. Gidwani have come for a visit from Washington D.C. This is their 50th wedding anniversary. They met with Bodhinatha who blessed their anniversary with a shawl.

Sgt. Maj. Chaturbhuj N. Gidwani, now 72, had a 25-year military career in the US Army Reserve. An avid supporter of Hinduism Today, Gidwani began as a private at the unusually advanced age of 35. Enduring boot camp training with a platoon of teenagers, Gidwani quickly found a nitch providing needed guidance to the youngsters and earned the nickname “grandpa.” A refugee from India’s violent 1947 partition and now a staunch follower of Gandhian philosophy, he says, “I believe my military contributions helped resolve conflicts without bloodshed.” His career-long desire to see a Hindu chaplain in the US armed forces has yet to be realized, but he and others have successfully convinced the Department of Defense of the need (see “Call for Military Chaplains,” March, ’98 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, Monday, July 12th.

Bodhinatha meets with Dr. Vijay, his wife Jayanthi and her parents. Bodhinatha met them all at the kumbhabhishekam of the Maha Ganapati Temple of Arizona.

Hindu Festivals Initiative

Hinduism Today subscribers have by now seen our April Festivals Feature issue. This initiative continues to grow as more and more people are ordering the 32-page reprint of this feature article. (Click here to order copies for distribution in your community.)

What you see here to the left is not the Festivals issue reprint, but the cover of a new DVD folder masterminded by Sadhaka Satyanatha in the Ganapati Kulam. This folder contains a DVD with hi-resolution, press-ready PDFs for newspapers and magazines. This has been designed to explain the project directly to editors of mainstream publications, clarifying issues such as copyright, festival dates and, most important, why America’s editors should be taking a closer look at their Hindu community. Thanks to the support of some generous donors, soon religion editors of newspapers all across the country will receive this media kit. You can download a pdf of this folder (21MB), and the contents of the DVD it encases can be found here.

If you want to get on board the Hindu Festival Media Initiative in your community, click here to read about it. Take a copy of the April issue and go meet the editors of your local mainstream newspapers well in advance of the next major festival (see the calendar in the April Issue). The content is rich, colorful, accurate and ready to “drag and drop” into the publication.

If you do find an editor who is interested, have that editor contact Hinduism Today directly by emailing [email protected]

Indian Restaurants Opening on Kauai

Surprise! in the past few months two, count them… TWO new Indian restaurants have opened on Kauai.

We want to thank the sponsors of today’s lunch which we ordered from the new Shivalik in Kapaa.

Our member say it is a clean classy Indian restaurant and we can confirm the food is excellent. This is good news for all the many Hindu pilgrims coming to Kauai.

A Visit to Kauai's New Shivalik Restaurant

A little later in the afternoon the entire Wailua Mission, students, silipis, and friends of the Monastery were invited to a free "all you can eat" lunch buffet. It's the island's newest (and second) Indian restaurant, after all these years. Naresh Chand, the owner of "Shivalik," greets Wailua Mission members and freinds at the door of his new restaurant in Kapaa. Naresh and his partner graciously insisted on serving their first "official meal" to the Monks of Kauai's Hindu Monastery. This food was packed and delivered fresh and hot to the monastery as an auspicious first step and arrived at the monastery at precisely 1:08 pm.!

The restaurant is immaculate and beautiful. They will officially open this Sunday to the public, having already brought a priest over for the opening blessing on the 7th. of July. But today it's only our members and students. Running an "all you can eat lunch buffet" as well as their regular menu for dinner, this restaurant will undoubtedly do very well on Kauai, where people have waited for years for Indian cuisine.

A wonderful vegetarian lunch with vegetable pakora, mango chutney, green chili chutney, rice, mixed vegetable curry, spinach and potato curry, garbanzo bean in onion sauce and roasted cumin and fenugreek and paratha. For desert, a kheer rice pudding!

Thank you, Naresh, and your more than friendly and efficient staff! A great spirit of aloha. Infinite blessings flow out to you as you embark on this new enterprise.

Magic of Rainbows

The other morning we had a light shower moving from west to east just past Iraivan temple. When this happens when the sun is in the east we sometimes get incredible rainbows that seem so close you could almost reach out and touch them.


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