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!”
Bodhinatha's Latest Upadeshas: "The Difference in Practice of Theism and Monism" (September 3, 2014)
During a puja we're in Theism, to receive the blessings of the Deity. After a puja we can go within our self in meditation, giving up the idea of an external Deity, Monism. Monistic Theism: Advaita Ishvaravada. Advaita means the Monism; Ishvara means the Theism.
In Shum we use two words that relate to that: shumif and dimfi. First, perfect your Theism. Then become a monist. That's called Saiva Siddhanta; one leads to the other.