May 17, 2014 Live from the road

St. Louis, MO

Reported by Antara-Prabhat Kalajian, Arpan DeAngelo

Our deepest gratitude to the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows that kindly hosted us for two nights, in our journey around North America

This morning we met under the famous St. Louis arch, or Gateway to the West. Following in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark, the name reminds us of our own journey westward.

Standing directly below the arch, we were captured by a sense of wonder for this magnificent sculpture of human achievement, causing us to reflect on our own lofty aspirations for world peace.

Yoga Under the Arch would have normally been under way at this time, but was cancelled when the instructor found himself delayed in traffic.

Fortunately, our runners were there to give a ceremony for all those eager health and fitness participants who did show up! :)

Peace Yoga

Below ground, we visited the Museum of Westward Expansion, a museum dedicated to Lewis and Clark's journey.

The Louisiana Purchase expanded the US from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains

This is a mechanical man, speaking of his experiences.

A replica of the tram that brings visitors at the top of the Arch...

...where you get a breathtaking view of the city.

620 ft high

The Spirit of St Louis was the first plane to achieve the first transatlantic crossing. Here is displayed the original sister plane of the one used in that famous flight.

Inside the Thomas Jefferson Museum

Nripal Eric Peterson delighted the audience with his stirring and inspiring presentation on the contributions of Thomas Jefferson to the life and ideals of American freedom.

Our team introduced themselves and gave a short presentation.

Our International team introduced our countries.

Eric Petersen gave an inspiring talk and answered some insightful questions afterwards.

After the presentation, Mr. Peterson signed his book in the museum gift store.

We were very happy to make a second visit to the Vedanta Society.

...Where a copy of Light and Liberty was presented to Swami Chetanananda.

Swami Chetanananda then signed a copy of one of his own books.

He also offered us some gifts to take on the road. We are very grateful for his kindness.

A nice meal ended our day in St Louis.We are very grateful to our dear friend Eric Petersen for treating us.

Torch carried by
Anna Khimchinskaia (Russia), Antara-Prabhat Kalajian (United States), Arpan DeAngelo (United States), Dennis Gribok (Luxembourg), Harita Davies (New Zealand), Homagni Baptista (Australia), Sandro Zincarini (Italy), Sarvodaya Grygoryivskyy (Ukraine), Vera Sevastiyanova (Russia).  
Arpan DeAngelo, Dennis Gribok, Harita Davies, Sandro Zincarini

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