By now we thought everyone was back to work or school, but tour day was as busy as ever: 100+ guests
Inspired words from a pilgrim who attended the 2019 Mahasamadhi celebrations. Aum Namah Sivaya
Aum Namah Sivaya
Today the Ganapati Kulam enjoyed a visit from Sivakumar and Lavanya Saravan who are on pilgrimage here from Singapore. While here, their son Easan will be serving as a taskfrocer.
It was about 1977 when Gurudeva went to India and met Mr. Lakshmanan Nellaiappan. At that time he was working for The Tamil Nadu Handicrafts Development Corporation, aka "Poombuhar". Through Poombuhar, (established on 1973 http://tnpoompuhar.org ) all the artists and craftsmen in Tamil Nadu were supported and found a venue for theirs creations to reach the world.
Gurudeva, besides working for the Hindu Renaissance through his books and Hinduism Today, felt it was important to bring the art of the Hindu tradition, to the west. So it was that the first statues of Tiruvalluvar and Tirumular that are now outside the courtyard where the have meals, were first commissioned and through Nellaiappan help and guiding hand, were brought to Hawaii/America.
Since then he has worked tirelessly for the mission for over 40 years! When our previoius Indian Liason Officer, Mr. Murthi, passed away, Nellaiappan become the official Indian Liason Officer for Saiva Siddhanta Church and Himalayan Academy.
During that time he has helped with countless projects from getting robes shipped for the monks, helping arrange the India programs for Innersearch, sending products for http://Minlmela.com, facilitating communications with craftsmen... the list of what Nellaiappan has accomplished goes on and on.
Paramacharya hosted some special guests yesterday morning, from Russia and Greenland, LA and elsewhere. This first photo is of Ole, a native of Greenland, who says his lineage is akin to the Inuit. It was his 60th birthday and he was happy to spend it in a sacred space.
We learned there are no trees in all of Greenland (though it is fully 50% the size of the United States) as it is 85% covered with ice. Well, there are some trees planted in recent years by botanists, but precious few. The group is doing work to protect the Arctic, including a recent release of their documentary starring Mikhail Gorbachov whom Gurudeva met in 1990 at the Global Form for Human Survival. All enjoyed the story of "the Aum in the Kremlin," and Gurudeva's insight that this helped break up the old Soviet Union, just months later.
Today Devagharan, Krishnakumari and Devina Nair, from Euless, Texas, visited the Pillaiyar Kulam and met with Shanmuganathaswami. Swami introduced them to Gurudeva back in 1999. They are on pilgrimage and visiting Kadavul Temple daily while enjoying the island in the afternoons. Devina (left) plans to go to university in August and study to be a doctor. She was home schooled until the age of 16, then attended high school via the local university. Krishnakumari and Devagharan are originally from Malaysia. Krishnakumari is researching how to make Ganesha “Teddy Bears” for Hindu kids.
A compilation video of our Innersearch 2019 Sri Lanka travel-study program. Fifty participants traveled with Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami and four of his monks to Negombo, Jaffna and Trincomalee. They had classes with Satguru, went on adventuresome outings, worshiped at powerful temples and visited holy shrines related to the Kailasa lineage.
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