Bodhinatha is back home and we began a new phase today. The temple was filled with pilgrims. Bodhinatha gave a wonderful upadesha.
The way our panchangam fell into the lines of the Gregorian calendar we actually had two tours this week. None last week were scheduled and it poured down rain every day. Nice to know the devas are in charge! Wonderfully respectful and open group. So quiet, with many very insightful questions.
While in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, Bodhinatha gave his 2012 temple presentation at numerous temples, including the new Hindu Temple of Greater Fort Worth, which meets currently in a room in a strip mall until their new temple is built, and the Karya Siddhi Hanuman Temple in Frisco. The Fort Worth temple committee were our hosts. The Karya Siddhi Hanuman Temple is under the auspices of Sri Ganapati Saccchidananda Swami of Mysore, though it was actually the local Gujarati Samaj that invited Bodhinatha to speak to their group and had arranged for the lecture to take place at the Hanuman temple. There are so many temples and groups in the D/FW area, it's quite amazing!
Also in Dallas is the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir. Bodhinatha is frequently invited to speak at BAPS mandirs worldwide, owing to a sense of brotherhood between our two monastic orders. One of the sadhus of their North America headquarters didn't miss the chance to invite Bodhinatha to speak to their Dallas congregation. Their grihastha men gave us the grand tour of their impressive new 80,000 square foot facility in Irving, right next to the DFW airport. Along with a mandir and satsang hall, there are extensive classrooms, full residences for priests and visiting sadhus, dining facilities and even a full size basketball court, 11 buildings in all, all combined under one roof. They have plans to build a traditional stone mandir in the next few years, like the one the fellowship has in Houston. Bodhinatha was warmly received and enjoyed the visit.
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