Saturday, December 9, 2023

Right this moment at Kauai’s Hindu Monastery

Gurudeva gave us the Shum phrase nimu to explain “a devotee, a peaceable individual.” Nimu can be an African Gray parrot, just lately gifted to the monastery and welcomed by all of the monks. That is maybe the neatest parrot of all of them, the one which speaks meaningfully and contextually. Take a look at this YouTube video to see how good they’re:

Our Nimu is simply 3-4 months previous, nonetheless a fledgling, a child (he hatched across the similar time Iraivan Temple was consecrated). He lives within the Media Studio, and can quickly have a bigger aviary as properly. He attends all the morning conferences of the Ganapati Kulam and we discover him an lovable member of the crew.

Three days in the past, he mentioned his first phrase: “Nimu!” Nevertheless, You possibly can think about our fear when only a few hours later, he was on Tillainathaswami’s shoulder taking his common stroll between our buildings when he was startled by an electrical car. Nimu has trimmed flight feathers (a regulation for giant birds in Hawaii), however off he flew! Proper, he was not alleged to fly; he was a child who has by no means flown, and his flight feathers would not absolutely regrow for an additional 12 months, however fly he did. Off he went lots of of toes into the wilderness. A ten-monk search crew (full with a drone) failed to seek out him, and we thought him misplaced. This can be very uncommon for a child chicken unfamiliar with an space to have the ability to navigate properly sufficient to return, and even survive in any respect.

The following day, after prayers within the temple and a particular outreach to Detaza (the deva who can discover something), a small miracle occurred when a clumsy-looking, chubby chicken was seen passing overhead. Upon calling his identify, he would squeak again. We did this time and again till we discovered him, up some 100 toes in a tree. Since he would not actually know how you can fly but, he would not know how you can descend. All he may do is go from tree to tree, making an attempt to get just a little decrease every time. After a number of coaxing, he gained the braveness to fly to a decrease tree, a palm tree, one other decrease tree, one other palm tree, after which lastly dropped into Tillainathaswami’s arms (see video of this second).

Traumatized by an evening alone within the rain and darkness, and tremendously hungry, he gulped down his grain/seed slurry, getting half of it inside and half of it on his feathered physique. So a heat bathe ensued, and plenty of “welcome again” with just a little occasion for the monks to have a good time his return. This morning, Nimu was again on the morning assembly, seeming to understand it greater than ever. We actually appreciated him greater than ever.

The second Nimu makes it again after a day of being misplaced:

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