This blog will present the latest information on the construction activities of Ishwar's building project in Bruce, Wisconsin. Entries will be written by Paul Bauer, chair of the ISHA Building and Fund-Raising Committee. We are happy to answer your questions, which can be sent from the form on the right. Subscribe to The Construction Chronicles located on the lower right side of this page.

  • Dear Friends,   As many of you know, the ISHA Meeting Hall property contains several shallow, artificial ponds (technically, “infiltration basins”) that are designed to manage storm water runoff, prevent flooding and downstream erosion, and improve water quality in nearby rivers and ... [read more]
  • Dear Friends,   The lower level of the ISHA Meeting Hall dome will contain a circular dining hall capable of seating 200 people at tables. Connected to the dining hall will be a large, keystone-shaped commercial kitchen (approximately 1400 square feet) that will provide all of the space a... [read more]
  • Dear Friends,   The ISHA website (ishanews.org) is again fully operational, and so the Construction Chronicles Blog has been called back from its extended vacation.  The Blog apologizes for its absence, but wants you to know that it is feeling well rested, and is ready to return to wor... [read more]
  • Dear Friends,   There has been a lot of activity on ISHA Hill this week. Most of the work has involved moving large volumes of dirt, which turns out to be much more complicated than one might imagine. Dirt is heavy, and expensive to move, and so it takes specialized equipment and a g... [read more]
  • Dear Friends, Part 2 of the Mitti Seva blog features photos of sevadars at work on various projects. Although the afternoon rain storm prevented some seva work, lots of work got done. Picking up branches and sticks in the parking lot provided seva for many volunteers. The wood was placed in a pi... [read more]
  • Dear Friends,   On September 18, about 170 of Ishwar’s friends gathered with him at the construction site in Bruce, Wisconsin for the annual ISHA-sponsored Mitti Seva event.  Here is Part 1 of a photo essay of this special day.  Look for Part 2 tomorrow.   Preparations bega... [read more]
  • Dear Friends, The first phase of summer construction work has just been completed! During the last three weeks, sevadars have excavated the foundation for the Dome Meeting Hall, as well as creating much of the support infrastructure, including building sheds, burning huge piles of brush, instal... [read more]
  • Dear Friends,   The first phase of digging out the foundation for the Dome Meeting Hall is nearly done. During this phase, the goal was to excavate down to the level of the bottom of the basement wall. The hole is about 110 feet across and 10 feet deep. That’s approximately 3500 c... [read more]
  • Dear Friends,   Moving dirt is time consuming, expensive, and requires heavy equipment. Therefore, the engineering plan for the excavation on ISHA Hill was carefully designed so that the amount of dirt that is removed from the Hill is equivalent to the dirt that is needed to raise other par... [read more]
  • Dear Friends,   As we all know, the BIG job this week on ISHA Hill is to dig out the foundation for the Dome Meeting Hall. Here are some photos of that work in progress.   The excavator has started to remove material where the Dome basement will be located. Water is sprayed to... [read more]
  • Dear Friends,   One of the many construction tasks at the ISHA Dome Meeting Hall property last week was to install a fence and gate along the front of the property.   This lovely sign, which graces the front entrance to the property, was built and installed by sevadars during the mit... [read more]
  • Dear Friends,   As we all know, Ishwar’s construction project runs on "sevadar power,” an unstoppable and passionate force that transcends this physical plane. Not only are sevadars bound to their beloved by love and devotion, but we also enjoy special personal bonds among ourselves. T... [read more]
  • Dear Friends,   One of the first jobs undertaken by the Dome sevadars was to build an open shed near the Dome site. This simple wooden shed will be used for things such as: resting in the shade during work breaks; eating lunch; the daily morning safety meeting; and as the first aid... [read more]
  • Dear Friends,   This gorgeous 50,000-pound CAT 323F L hydraulic excavator is an amazing and versatile machine. We are very fortunate to have sevadars who are expert at operating this machine. The excavator will be essential for digging out the basement and footings for the Dome over th... [read more]
  • Dear Friends, Sevadars are sustained by love and devotion, but they also need to eat! The construction workers in Bruce are truly blessed to be supported by an amazing and dedicated team of skilled chefs, who prepare simple vegetarian meals and snacks for all.    Most of the foo... [read more]
  • Dear Friends,   Work has begun on Ishwar Ji’s tribute to Great Master in Bruce, Wisconsin!  As the project proceeds, I’ll be blogging much more often … perhaps as much as several times per week.   This weekend, sevadars from as far away as California gathered on ISHA Hill to ... [read more]
  • Dear Friends,   ISHA’s team of volunteer construction planners has postponed the start of work until mid July, due to a delay in being able to move the heavy equipment onto the site in Wisconsin. If all goes well, excavation work will begin on July 15, and proceed for about 10 days. At the ... [read more]
  • Dear Friends, Great news!  ISHA’s architects have delivered the nearly final design drawings for the ISHA Meeting Hall dome!   During the last year, the design has undergone some major modifications. The biggest of which is the addition of a full basement to the building.  This... [read more]
  • Dear Friends,   As Wisconsin emerges from an unseasonably mild winter, ISHA’s volunteer builders have begun to plan a schedule for Ishwar’s construction project in Bruce for the upcoming year. Because the winter was so mild, we expect that conditions on the site may allow us to begin work e... [read more]
  • Dear Friends,   After retiring from military service in 1889, Baba Jaimal Singh built a small hut for himself in a wild area near the River Beas. His disciples would carry water through the jungle to their Master, from a well that was located a mile distant. Several years after Baba Jaimal ... [read more]
  • Dear Friends, It’s wintertime in Wisconsin, which means no outdoor work can be done on Ishwar’s Meeting Hall project. As I write this blog, the temperature in Bruce is a balmy +30 degrees F (-1 C), but the average January low is 0 degrees F (-18 C), and the record low a frigid -48 degrees F (-44 ... [read more]
  • Dear Friends, Ishwar has told the story of how the dera in India was established along the Beas River, and how the ISHA site in Wisconsin was chosen in a similar way, along the Chippewa River. The ISHA land in Bruce, Wisconsin has riverfront access to the Chippewa River, so here’s some informatio... [read more]
  • Dear Friends, After the ISHA-sponsored Meditation Workshop in Menomonie, Wisconsin in September, a group of about 100 volunteers gathered in Bruce, Wisconsin to perform "Mitti Seva" for Ishwar’s building project. The group divided into several teams to work on a variety of projects, including ... [read more]
  • Dear Friends, Are you curious about the location of Ishwar Ji’s construction project in Wisconsin? Today’s blog contains some fascinating facts on the area. The ISHA Meeting Hall is being built in Murry Township, located in a remote area of Rusk County in northwestern Wisconsin. The nearest co... [read more]
  • Dear Friends, The lower construction site, which is the location of the parking lot and kitchen/dining hall, recently had some large pipes installed by a contractor. The pipes will solve a drainage problem by channeling stormwater runoff under the driveway and parking lot, and then eastward towar... [read more]
  • Dear Friends, As part of our stormwater permit with the State of Wisconsin, we need to be able to contain all of the rain and snowmelt that fall on our buildings, roads, and parking lots. The ground surface at both sites is shaped so that water is directed to a number of “infiltration basins” aro... [read more]
  • Dear Friends, After the ISHA Meeting Hall site was graded and seeded, the rains arrived, and the grass sprouted! The grass growing in the photos below is mostly Oat Grass. Photo of the ISHA Meeting Hall dome site on top of the Hill. The photographer is standing where the dome will be located, ... [read more]
  • Dear Friends, After the two construction sites were graded by the team of sevadars, the soil at the sites needed to be stabilized so that rain storms don’t carry sediment into the nearby creek and the Chippewa River. The State of Wisconsin has strict rules that describe how the soil is to be stab... [read more]
  • This is the fourth, and final, installment of part of a long letter to Ishwar Puri from the General Superintendent of the ISHA Meeting Hall construction project, Gilbert Garrett. The letter was written after completing a two-week campaign of earthwork activities from June 7 to June 17. A number of v... [read more]
  • This is the second installment of part of a long letter to Ishwar Puri from the General Superintendent of the ISHA Meeting Hall construction project, Gilbert Garrett. The letter was written after completing a two-week campaign of earthwork activities from June 7 to June 17. THE SECOND CAMPAIGN “... [read more]
  • [Please forgive us for the long time between blog posts. ISHA has been migrating its ishanews.org website to a new web host. Stay tuned for lots of new blogs!] This is the first installment of part of a long letter to Ishwar Puri from the General Superintendent of the ISHA Meeting Hall constructi... [read more]
  • Dear Friends, ISHA has hired Cooper Engineering of Rice Lake, Wisconsin to serve as our civil engineers for the Meeting Hall dome project. It is essential that all of the project design features be accurately located on the construction site. In addition to the buildings, this includes the roads,... [read more]
  • Dear Friends, Yesterday, the construction site was graced by a visit from the Master Inspector! Ishwar was driven to the top of ISHA Hill where he greeted the sevadars and inspected the earthworks. He was very pleased with the progress that has been made. With warmest regards, Paul Bauer ... [read more]
  • Dear Friends, This week, ISHA volunteers are engaged in the first actual ground work for the development of the Meeting Hall. Building projects are commonly divided into six general phases: Pre-project decisions. Early in the process, ISHA had to make many decisions, such as what methods ... [read more]
  • Dear Friends, It is with great joy that I can report that on the afternoon of Tuesday, June 7, work began on the Ishwar’s Meeting Hall project in Bruce, Wisconsin. This first phase of work includes clearing ground with a bulldozer in preparation for the grading of the building site. In the pho... [read more]
  • Dear Friends, Ishwar currently has two buildings planned for the ISHA property in Bruce, Wisconsin. The first is the ISHA Meeting Hall, a 400-seat dome located on top of ISHA Hill. Ishwar has said that he will speak in the Meeting Hall, and as the size of the audience grows, the dome will be used f... [read more]
  • Dear Friends, ISHA is happy to announce a new way for you to stay in touch with progress on Ishwar’s construction project in Bruce, Wisconsin. It’s a blog called the “Construction Chronicles." Periodically, I will post updates to this website. You can expect the topics to range widely, from short ... [read more]