In a beautiful sunny day and approximately seventy-one souls arrived for a tour of the Iraivan Temple. Kannan and Manikandan, two of the stone carvers from India, gave an excellent demonstration on how to correctly carve granite the world’s hardest stone. Our guests were all very impressed and some later chose to remain in the demonstration area to try it for themselves. The remaining visitors posed for this photo and, in the background, the work continues on the Raja Gopuram.
Kauai residents Kamalia and Sajon, (right) both longtime friends of the Sat Guru and Swamis pose with Palaniswami before enjoying a tour of the property. Kamalia and Sajon donated the Narmada Lingam and its base, as well as Nandi, to the Aadheenam many years ago. It was subsequently installed in its permanent site by “Gurudeva” in a lovely ceremony beside a beautiful little stream that empties through a natural waterfall into a lotus pond. Since its installation literally thousands of pilgrims have performed abhishekam in this very tranquil and spiritual setting. Thank you Kamalia and Sajon.
Their friends, Ann West from Scotland, Devon Fioner from San Diego, and Sian West and Jon Avana both from Honolulu, are here enjoying their first visit to the Aadheenam.
On the left are Alamelu and Lakshamanan who later joined our little group after performing abhishekam at the Narmada Lingam along the path of the Tamil Saivite Saints. Visiting for the first time is Bernie Eigl, Tanuja Kodeeswaran and their three children Natassja (age 8), Bryndan (age 7), and little Tharan (age 3) with Bernie’s parents from Vienna, Austria.
A relaxed and happy family enjoying the beauty and peace of this spiritual paradise.
(center) Kokila and Prem Hejmadi are here visiting the temple for the first time and are from Santa Clara. They were very surprised to meet two longtime friends whom they had not seen in years, Rev. Mira Sai Ma and Raghu Baba who are devotees of Satya Sai Baba. They are closely connected to the Kalpataru Sai Temple in San Jose, CA. After unexpectedly seeing her two friends here at the Aadheenam, Mirabai Ma mused “that is the Divine Leela at play!”
Within our Saiva Siddhanta Holy Scriptures the Saiva Agamas explain the basis of temple ceremonies and worship plus yoga and jnana. The Tirukural was considered by Gurudeva to be "the most accessible and relevant sacred text." In it are practical and helpful guidelines for our conduct in every day life. The point of family life is to gain steady improvement, forever, in self control in the midst of responsibilities in the fulfillment of family dharma. Meanwhile, not taking detachment too far but taking it in the sense of spiritually looking for happiness, not outside in other people or possessions, the world, but inside ourselves and then sharing it with family and friends. "We regard the writings of our satgurus as scripture."
Path to Siva, Lesson 20
Tirukural, Introduction and Contents
Tirukural, Chapter 15 Possession of Self-Control
"The temple enables us to feel the presence of God, Gods and devas." We use our inner eyes to see what's going on in the temple, the three worlds. In the temple we're being good dvaitists in the dimfi perspective, focused in bhakti upon God Siva. In meditation we're monists, in the shumif perspective. We claim our oneness with Siva, Sivoham, I am Siva. In surrender, shrinking the ego through devotion, we have a realization that we're not the doer, that Siva is doing it all. Siva's energy comes through our soul.