After nearly two months of travel in India and throughout the US since the passing of my spiritual teacher, I find myself settled back in Austin.
I’ve had the opportunity to connect with family, other disciples of my spiritual teacher, my longtime business partners, and other close friends. It has been a time for reflection and growth.
The time to travel has given me an opportunity to take a fresh look at the documentary, from everything we have filmed so far, to what we have yet to film.
The upcoming study at the University of California, Santa Barbara will be a major component of the film. This will be the first time a major academic institution in the U.S. will conduct a major study on Agnihotra. We have an amazing opportunity to document the story and the research.
With the research itself potentially taking up to 1.5 to 2 years, the need to be strategic with our filming and the scenes we capture become more critical. Hence, I have begun the process of writing an outline of the scenes we can film in Santa Barbara for phase I of the study, as well organizing the content of what we have filmed thus far. The goal is to start organizing the materials to create a cohesive timeline of the journey.
I have come to admire what filmmakers do. The sheer volume of footage and content to shift through and organize is simply massive. In the beginning it was easy to find myself putting off the work and procrastinate. But I found that particular Yagnas (in addition to Agnihotra) have really helped me not feel overwhelmed by the work, and find the energy and drive to start to organize the content, little by little each day.
At the same time, we are working through the contracts with the researchers. When we have the contracts in place, they will begin phase I of the research. When this phase begins, we will be ready to travel to Santa Barbara, to film the setup for the study and the development for the initial phase of the study.