Recent Guests

Mr and Mrs. Soma Rajah are visiting for the first time from Birmingham, England, on their way to attend her cousin's (Ravi Nadarajah for those who know the family) daughter's wedding. They both hail from Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Her family members were named after Satguru Yogaswami and her family home was just about a mile from his hut. They are founder-trustees of Shri Venkateswara Balaji Temple near Birmingham, known as the "largest Hindu temple of South Indian architecture in Europe."

New Stones for Iraivan Temple Begin to Arrive

After reaching the Kauai docks several days ago, the containers from India have finally been unloaded and are being trucked up to the temple. So far we've received two truck loads and are expecting more. When the containers arrived on Kauai Yoginathaswami and Nirvani Adinatha went to inspect their contents. Included are Stones for the Nandi Mandapam, the statues of the Satgurus, Hanuman, the three elephants which will adorn the stairs leading up to the temple, and lots more.

Twitter Update: Our traveling swamis drove through the Alps from G…

Our traveling swamis drove through the Alps from Geneva to Bern today, lunching at a high altitude spot BOQvdBlCUAAqfuh

Swamis Perform iDevice-only Travel Experiment, Part 3

Et maintenant, la troisième episode de l'expériment: We are roughly half-way through the trip today, driving through the Swiss Alps from Geneva to Bern after a highly successful time in Italy (which you will read about soon, we promise)... But "hey," you ask, "what about that Hinduism Today article this modern itinerant pilgrim needs to edit?" True, there isn't an iOS version of Adobe InDesign—yet—so that will have to wait until the intrepid sannyasin returns home. Besides, between the events, interviews, temple visits, the travels from one to the other, and the rare, momentary bouts of rest and relaxation, there is hardly the time to focus on such an elephantine task. Some things are better left at home. What about downloading photos from the camera, processing them and writing captions for the monastery blog? Okay, so maybe some will call this cheating, but we won't: the monk who had the crazy idea is joined by a monk who did bring a MacBook Pro. For a task like downloading, sorting, processing and mass uploading of large numbers of photos and captions for the slideshow posts you see on this blog, one computer is enough for our traveling troupe. But we are thinking of the ways even this job could be done on an iPad. We brought a cable to connect the digital SLR camera to the iPad to download the occasional tweetable photo, but with a larger capacity iPad (this is only the 16GB model), all the photos could be held. iOS apps are available for organizing photos, too, and Apple's upcoming iOS 7 update will make such tasks even easier.


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