Gathering in a Spirit of Inclusiveness

January 26, 2008

Author: Daniela Perdomo

Source: Los Angeles Times,1,2452768.story?ctrack=1&cset=true

Pennsylvania Avenue slopes upward through suburban La Crescenta, runs past neatly ordered ranch-style homes and ends at the lush greenery of the snow-capped San Gabriel Mountains. There, at the foothills, sits the Temple of the Universal Spirit.

"It was strange to see something like this here," said Scott Francis, 53, of Silver Lake. "I was just hiking around and saw it."

Intrigued, he made his way to the temple and its surrounding gardens and learned that the compound is dedicated to Vedanta, a Hindu philosophy.