Source: Los Angeles Times
On September 2, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported on the Kasi Center in Anaheim. Located "in the shadow of Disneyland" it has "become a magnet for hundreds of East Indian families from across the Southland eager to preserve their religious and cultural heritage...Enrollment in balavihar, the Kasi Center's version of Sunday school, has quadrupled since it opened in 1996 as part of a worldwide mission by religious leader Swami Chinmayananda...The center advocates the Hindu Vedanta philosophy. While followers worship several gods, they believe are all manifestations of one supreme being, said Swami Ishwarananda, the center's resident pastor...'Above all, we try and convince them to pursue spirituality in a world where it is easy to get caught up in materialism,' he said.
"The facility has also given Southern California East Indians a chance to come together as a community and celebrate their own festivals and holidays. Members participate in potlucks, picnics and special worship, and do community service in hospitals and retirement homes."