Thursday, July 07, 2011


Today we visited the Hindu monastery where my airplane seat mate Satya serves as a monk. It was well hidden off the beaten path near the town of Wailua.

We had a guided tour lasting around 90 minutes given by a member of the local Hindu community who is not a part of the monastic order. We saw just a fraction of the 400 acres that comprise the monastery. It was like walking through the Garden of Eden.

Our guide debunked many of the things we thought we knew about Hinduism. He portrayed it as a fun-loving religion which deeply respects all religions.

Just as we were finishing the tour we happened to see our friend Satya, who was hard at work on publications for the monastery.

We were then allowed to meditate in the temple, which is attended 24 hours a day by one of more of the monks.

In case you wonder what we have been eating here on Kauai, here is a wonderful fish taco we made last night for dinner shared with friends. We used Hawaiian Ono and the tacos were delicious. (a Brock recipe)

We continue to see beautiful flowers everywhere. Like this luscious hibiscus.

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Blogger Pauline said...

Sounds as though you are having a wonderful time, spending each minute doing something interesting. What I remember most from my Hawaiian stay years ago is the taste of fresh pineapple. Nothing, nothing in the mainland US comes even close to that delicate sweetness!

8:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How cool that you got to see your acquaintance at the monastery!
I hope the rest of your trip is equally wonderful and that you have safe travels home.


10:52 AM  
Blogger karen said...

Hi Barbara. I haven't been to your blog for ages, (or anybody's for that matter) - so happy to discover you are having a wonderful time in Hawaii! Sounds absolutely perfect!

11:09 AM  

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