Over the past few years, Markley Boyer (who will be one of our guides on the upcoming spiritual and culinary adventure to South India), along with Kauai’s Hindu Monastery has helped to set up an ambitious project to digitize palm leaf manuscripts in the collection of the French Institute in Pondicherry. The Institute owns a priceless collection of around 8000 palm leaf bundles that was assembled in the mid-20th century but that was beginning to deteriorate beyond saving. Palm leaf bundles have been used for thousands of years to record sacred texts. Traditionally, the manuscripts needed to be recopied roughly every 100 years, since the natural palm leaves begin to dry out and are attacked by insects.
The bundles at the French Institute were beginning to decay to the point of being unreadable. A few years ago Kauai’s Hindu Monastery began to collaborate with the Institute to preserve them. Markley Boyer helped to build software and hardware systems to digitize the palm leafs with a simple digital camera and copy stand built from PVC plumbing supplies and plastic street lamps! The system has been used to take about 775,000 photos over the last 2 1/2 years and archive them as PDFs that will soon be available online for scholars, preserving this priceless knowledge.
Diwali or Deepavali is the Hindu Festival of Lights and it celebrates the victory of light over darkness. It is a day of Hindu solidarity. Hindus all over the world celebrate this festival and it is a joyous time for families. Families and friends get together, gifts are exchanged, new clothes ar...Read More
Tamil Nadu, the land of the Tamils, was dominated by the Dravidian culture for 2500 years. The cuisine is distinctly different from that of the north, and is based primarily on rice rather than wheat and an abundant use of coconut. With a largely vegetarian population like much of India, Tamil Na...Read More
Madurai’s Meenakshi Temple in South India, Hinduism’s grandest citadel to the goddess, is a sacred place of pilgrimage for Hindus the world over and one of the most famous temples in India. This temple, centuries old and hand carved out of granite, covers an area of 16.5 acres. In Mad...Read More
An invitation to join Jasmine Grace on a Vedic Adventure in South India from Nov 29 to Dec 10, 2017. “On my upcoming fifth trip to India, I feel it is a deep honor to guide beautiful beings through the soul-stirring and beautiful land of India. In true Dandapani style, this is no ordinary yoga&he...Read More