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Sad Day ; Saint of Girinagar Leaves his body

I met Gopala Krishna Swamy in August of 2000 in Girinagar, a small region of Bangalore , INDIA. He was an embodiment of Love. I have personally seen him be involved with hundreds of acts of love and kindness constantly caring for the poor, the forlorn, and the distressed with people as well as with animals.

He was born in November 1951 and has been a Sanyasi (celibate Monk) for his entire life. He has taught me so much about love and compassion that I will forever be in his debt. I have had the fortune to work on some public works projects with him like the Medical dispensary in Girinagar (GKS Dispensary).

In August of 2000 is when I first met GopalaKrishna Swami.  In that first meeting he had the idea to build a medical dispensary for free medical service for the poorest of the poor.  I felt compelled to help with this noble mission.  This began the project to build and staff the GKS Medical dispensary. At the top of the dispensary is a 21 foot giant concrete Kirshna as a marker for this amazing building in a section of Bangalore called Girinagar.

For twenty years now the dispensary has been serving the poor in Girinagar Bangalore. 

“When Swami Gopal Krishna gives his blessings to a project like this, it is magical.  Not one rupee is wasted and the healing results for the patients are phenomenal … just ask them “

Kannan Ayyar. Original Trustee for the dispensary and Principal benefactor.

Surrounded by some of Bangalores’s poorest localities, at Girinagar lies a modern medical Dispensary giving much needed medical advice and treatments to the poorest of the poor.  The GKS dispensary has been serving the poor free of charge for almost 20 years. At its peak the center was open daily and had a professional set of doctors and nurses.  In addition the center has a blood and urine lab, as well as gynecological services.

“Food , water and good medical treatment should be provided for all people regardless of race, age, or station.  For a great healing atmosphere a medical establishment must have a feeling of love, warmth and caring”   Swami Gopal Krishna.

Gopal Krishna Swami was said to have been the incarnation of Sharada Devi, the beloved consort of Sri Rama Krishna Paramahansa who lived around Calcutta in the late 1800’s. He had that divine Mother energy. His Love and Compassion will be sorely missed.


June 11, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Trump Playbook – We’re on to you

Donald Trump because of his position has the equivalent of a multi-billion dollar PR budget.  Whatever he says is covered by all types of media – TV, Web, Paper, Magazines they all cover him 24/7.  So he uses this PR coverage to rewrite history and simply repeat whatever he believes will make him look better. Regardless of how uncorrellated this is with the truth.

The latest example if this is with his rapid change in stance from the corona virus threat being a “hoax”  which he repeated incessantly at his rallies , to its a major pandemic and I’ve always said that.  This human has no shame and no connection or attachment to the the truth in any way shape or form.

His standard operating procedure is : Deny everything.  Admit nothing. Make counter accusations.  Accuse others of what you have done and are doing. Sadly we have seen this movie again and again with DJT. He creates so much noise … he destroys the signal.

Its amazing to watch , and so brazen to pull it off — but he is a unique creature. But Donald after 3+ years, we are on to you …

March 26, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Blame it on Beto – The new “rules” in the Trump Era

Trump is a master salesman and an entertainer / comedian. His schtick is good and he plays it  like a master  He is terrible the insult dog in a suit. Whether we like it or not this has changed the way politics, particularly national politics is done in the USA.  To compete you have to stick a jab back. Unfortunately when Trump goes low his opponents can’t go high (sigh). It feels better, its the right thing morally to do but It just doesn’t work.  Candidate Bloomberg’s camp is getting this.

When I look back to 2018  midterms the race I remember is the Senate race for Texas : Ted Cruz vs Beto O’Rourke.  As the campaigns was winding down with weeks to go the race was within 1 % and too close to call. The Beto O’Rourke campaign was flush with cash (having raised something like 35 million in three months) from even out of state supporters like me.

Trump had spent the better part of 2016  BLUDGEONING Ted Cruz in the republican primary.  The barrage was endless “Lyin’ Ted this” ,” No one likes you.” ,”Your father was part of conspiracy plot”   “Your wife is ugly”. The US populace was actually starting to identify the candidate as “Lyin’ Ted”.

If Beto had drowned the Texas airwaves with just a replaying of Trump’s own character assassination there is no doubt in my mind he would have won the Senate seat.  He did not. Ted Cruz won in a squeaker and the Senate has been a scourge on democracy since then.

Democrats in big races must learn the how Donald J. Trump, the con man entertainer has changed the way people get elected.  Sad to say but its’ about appealing  to people’s baser instincts. I am still a big fan of Beto O’Rourke but will he learn how to play in the “new rules” of getting elected.

February 22, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Happy Birthday President Obama; Who are You ?

I recently got a robo-email from David Axelrod, asking me to wish our President a Happy Birthday and telling me how he hasn’t changed in 20 years, I responded back to him…
thanks for the email
i voted for barrack twice.  i do not know him BUT he HAS changed from who I thought he was, He has been in power five years but …
* the wars are still raging on
* the use of drones killing women and children around the world has gone up
  — does he really believe that an innocent US life is better than an innocent international life
* the abuse of personal freedoms in the name of “security” increase
* He has NOT at all  taken a strong enough stance against the NRA and Gun madness (almost cowardly on this front)
* Guantanimo Bay still open
If that is the Barrack Obama you know, i wish he WOULD change…..
Kannan Ayyar


From: David Axelrod <info@barackobama.com>
To: Kannan Ayyar <kayyar@yahoo.com
Sent: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 3:16 PM
Subject: Join me in wishing President Obama a happy birthday

Kannan —

I’ve known President Obama for more than 20 years — and what amazes me is, aside from his job title and the color of his hair, not a lot has changed about Barack Obama. 

He’s still as hard working and as passionate as the day I met him. And he’s laser-focused on the people he’s fighting for. 

President Obama’s birthday is coming up on Sunday, and I know he’d love to hear from you. 

Sign the card OFA is putting together — you can even leave him a personal note, if you’d like:


Thanks for what you’re doing,


A movement of millions elected President Obama. Let’s keep fighting for change. Chip in $5 or more to support Organizing for Action today.

August 1, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment


I mean Mumbai.  We met with Aunty Saroja and Uncle –  Smitha’s mother and Uncle !  They came to see us at the hotel and we had tea and biscuits then they took us to see their new flat.  It was great !  Modern and Clean with great construction.  They fed us way too many sweets !  Later PK uncle and his wife Chaya cam by for a Satsang and impromtu Bhajan session.  Kasey was the hit of the evening and let everyone know that he now likes Krishna better than Hanuman 🙂

August 12, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Darsan of Shirdi Baba

Shirdi Baba was a great soul who never harmed one living creature.  He lived as a hermit and survived by “alms” as a beggar.  Yet many around him realized the power and energy force that he possessed and conveyed.  Shirdi is where he lived at least 60 years of his life and is buried there in the samadhi mandir.  For over a 100 years since his death they have been doing pooja, chants, and bhajans in his name, multiple times a day to a marble idol of him in the Shirdi temple.

Of all the aarti’s the Kakad aarti (first of the morning) is the most auspicious.  It starts at 4:15 am.  The fact that I could even consider taking a six year old to Kakad aarti for Shirdi Sai is mind boggling.  The fact that I had such a mature conversation with him the whole time is unbelievable.  The fact that he asked me to buy flowers on the way to offer to Shirdi Sai is mind blowing.  We sat together through the ceremony – which for those who have never been –is basically dressing a doll, with love and devotion, while reciting chants and mantras.  I could feel Shirdi Sai’s energy and it was peaceful, tranquil, selfless and loving. I thanked him for Cunji-One and all my kids.

We got to walk right up to the idol and get a close look and feel the vibration.  We also went to the exact stone where Shirdi Baba sat nearly every day for 60 years when he was alive and offer pranams.  Kasey was amazing with his understanding and assimilating of everything we saw. I mentioned that in a past life he may have sat right in front of this very stone, he took padnamascar.

Him and Gramms continue to be best of friends and fighting like cats and dogs – in a good way if that makes sense.  We bought the bible for Shirdi Sai devotees — a book called Shri Sai Satcharita, and headed out of dodge.  Back to Bombay !

August 12, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Pilgrimmage to Shirdi…

Our trip to Shirdi was right out of a movie, –unfortunately it was a hitchcock flick.  It was a dark “monsooning” night, our driver was darker still and had the reddest eyes you could imagine.  His white outfit belied the uncleanliness of his whole being. It was 9pm in Bombay.

“You have to get us to Shirdi in six hours” I told him confidantly as if I knew the road and distance to Shirdi.

“Impossible Sir, eight hours maximum, monsoon is here” he spit out in broken english.

“You mean minimum right ? Any way I have to be there by 3:15 am you have six hours maximum”

“No sir 8 hours maximum maybe 9 hours.”

“Okay forget it just do your best, by the way there is a BIG tip for you if I am there before 3:30 am”

He understood that real well and off we went. OMG it was dark and rainy, the roads were just space between pot holes, some of the potholes were bigger than our car, and the highbeams—oh the highbeams coming at you nonstop.  I started to feel sorry for our driver and worried for our lives.  Luckily I fell asleep, and so did Cunji and Amma-Kuts.  Only to be awoken 3 hours later as we stopped on the side of the road in a pitch black area.

“What happened ?” I asked

“Flat tire sir ”  Oh great I thought we were doomed.

“Do you have a spare ?”

“Yes Sir”

 “Do you need any help ?” I asked praying for his answer to be no. My prayers were answered.  Our driver was inspiring, removing all the luggage, getting out the spare, replacing it and loading everything back up in record time in the pouring rain on the side of  a scarily busy highway in the pitch black of a moonless night.  We then went on our way.

He got us to Shirdi at 3:15 am.  Imagine that.  Mr. Sharma told us to wash up and get ready immediately for Darsan.

August 12, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Indian culture, Bhav, Bhav, Bhav

Kasey is learning Indian customs at a rapid clip.  One such custom is always offering a gift or receiving a gift with your right hand NOT your left.  Well most of you know that Kasey is left handed….So he wants to get everything with his left hand.  Why can’t I ? — he wanted to know !  I told him this was part of the culture and just to do it whether he’s left handed or not . Grandma tried to help. She explained what most Indians do with their left hand (if you don’t know – you don’t want to) he got real serious and said “I don’t want to do that with my left hand”. Too much information too fast :-).

Most of you know that Bhav can be a little absent minded.  I am now more convinced than ever that she has angels following her everywhere, we had two escapades (so far).  The first was at Bangalore airport, we were waiting for our flight to Mumbai and were getting a smoothie, I told A-K to take her carry on and one other since I had three other carry-ons. I went ahead with Kasey and we boarded the plane, as we sat down and buckled in i asked A-K where her two bags were, she said she only had one and I was to take the others.  OOPS.  I had to deboard the plane and run to the coffee shop.  There it was sitting on the bench with A-K’s purse peeking out.  I grabbed it and made it back on the plane in time. Nothing missing.

The second time was at Shirdi where after we had beautiful darsan A-K was in the room with Kase and I and she said “Where is my purse?”  I knew she brought it with her to Darsan but had no idea where she left it.  I had bought her a picture of Shirdi Sai and thought she put that in her bag and that was where she must have lost it.  Just when we were getting bent and thinking what to do there was a knock on the door.  It was the hotel security guard she left her purse in the lobby of the hotel.  WOW –saved and nothing missing.  I told her to be careful and that we should be lucky that the only thing we lost was the Shirdi picture I bought her.  No sooner than I said that but the same Security guard knocked on the door and said Sir we found this in the Lobby bathroom is it yours ?   Such is life with Bhav.

August 12, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Get your Pooja On …

Monday to me always means abisheikam when I am in Bangalore.  Something amazing about watching a devout soul go about his business worshipping his maker.  Kasey was down for the event, He sat way up front right in front of Gopal Baba and gave him padnamascar as he came in.  Swami was very giving with me and spent a good deal of time with me after Abisheikam.  Most importantly he set up our whole trip to Shirdi.

Shirdi is going to be a pilgrimmage– because of roads and monsoon season —it will be 5 hours from Bombay.  The head priest at the temple is a devotee of Gopal Baba.  He called him on my behalf.  He said “My son is coming you take good care” !

Then he called the hotel owner that loves him and is right behind the temple.  We will be staying there and get darsan from the inner sanctum Tuesday morning.  I was planning to leave Bhav behind since Kasey and I are flying out after that but this is a once in a lifetime experience for Amma-Kuts.  I am going to buy her a roundtrip ticket to Bombay and back so she can stay extra time with Satchu after the Shirdi Darsan.

Kasey continues to impress with his sweetness.  We were shopping for gifts for everyone. Kasey spent 30 minutes (at least ) chosing a ring for his mother.  He must have changed his mind 20 times.  Not only that he insisted on bringing the ring to Abisheikam to get it blessed by Gopal Baba. Too sweet.

Shirdi should be eventful, Swami said this is an important stop for me….

August 11, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Lakshmi Temple …

We came back from Puttaprthi to Bangalore. Kasey and I took a nice long swim at the pool of the Oberoi, our favorite spot and we have always had it to ourselves.  Kasey and I have started numbering Amma’s stories for ease of use.

I met with my dear friend Ravi, who has been my partner and brother for the last 10 years.  He has taught me more about India, the vedas, hinduism, and Indian culture as anyone on the planet. He also has a beautiful Lakshmi temple in Jayanagar that he has built and maintained for over 20 years. He is an aviation expert and has launched a huge deal servicing and maintaining all Airbus planes, he is also a Indian political king maker I got the update on the political landscape. We went for a private puja at the temple.

The temple is beautiful.  We had the priest do a private puja and homa for us.  When the priest is doing a homa for you he needs to know three things :  Your name, Your nakshatra (moon constellation), and your Gothram (family lineage).

You should all know all three of those things if you plan on going to temples in India. If you don’t   I  have it for you since I ran astrological charts on all of you. All of our lineage is that of our illustrious father – V-money – Sri Vatsa.

Amma-kuts tried to cheat and Ravi caught her.  Amma wants everyone to think she is Bharadwaj Gothram because her father was, and so was Adi Shankara by the way….On that fateful day when AK married V-money she became Sri Vatsa like all of us. You have to give the Gods the right address to deliver the blessings :-).

We went to Ravi’s house and met his kids – twin girls who are 16 (Aneeha and Aneela)  and his son who is 20 (Anurud).  They are all doing great in school, Kailee met the twin girls 10 years ago ! They have a thriving jewelry business, I bought some beautiful earrings from them that they designed and made ! Kasey got on great with them.

We did some shopping – man Bangalore has become a metropolis !  More later…

August 11, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment