Saturday evening is for visiting the Iraivan Temple carving site. Here Bodhinatha is greeted.
A view from Jiva Rajashankara’s new house of the carving site. In front is the silpi team who have come to see Bodhinatha. At right is the carving shed where various projects are going on. At back left is the huge granite saw that Artha Enterprises, Jiva’s company, has set up for their work. Iraivain, of course, has been entirely hand carved.
Bodhinatha with the three slipis who will come in April to Kauai to work on Iraivan Temple.
The second course of the Nandi Mandapam, which is about 15 feet square.
This stone is for the “Ya” step of Iraivan temple. The original carved step was done incorrectly--too small in a critical dimension, and has to be redone.
Iraivan Temple’s stone bell. Discussion is under way as to how to hang it in the temple and whether a stone chain is strong enough, or if brass will have to be used.
An ornate pillar of the Nandi Mandapam. While the Mandapam is small compared to the temple’s main structure, it is intricately carved.
Bodhinatha with the teak pole for the temple’s kodimaram.
We meet this fine scholar of Sri Vidya, whose name we did not write down. Hinduism Today has been wanting to do a story on Sri Vidya for some years, and never quite succeeded. The scholar offered a simple explanation for our failing to find a clear statement of Sri Vidya: “It’s a secret.” However, he said, those following this deep philosophy based in the worship of the Sri Yantra and in mantras are wanting to make it better understood. In April, 2009, they plan a meeting of 1,000 scholars of Sri Vidya in Mysore. From this scholar’s explanation, Sri Vidya philosophy is a form of monistic theism, and not all that different from what Gurudeva teaches, the oneness of all, identity of Siva and Shakti, etc.
The letter "Ya" in the Panchakshara Mantra, Namasivaya, stands for the soul. Bodhinatha uses the Panchakshara Mantra to show how the soul is initially drawn by Siva's veiling grace, which leads the soul to maturity through experience in the world. Then comes Siva's revealing grace. When we've had enough of the world, Siva's grace pulls us toward God. The mantra also has the simple, two-syllable form. Si- Reflecting on God the Transcendent Absolute, Va-God as the All Pervading Consciousness