We bring you a few photos from Shama Kumaran’s hosting last phase.
Throughout January visitors and pilgrims continued to arrive almost daily from all parts of the globe to witness the great Iraivan Temple in progress.
Three couples arrived from Canada on the recommendation of Hindu friends and were, by their own words, “amazed” by all they saw. All agreed “we had no idea such a beautiful and peaceful place existed here on Kauai -- its heavenly!”
Still basking in the Darshan from the powerful morning puja in Kadavul Temple, pilgrimaging Hindu families were taken on a tour of the Iraivan Temple and gardens.
Today Sivakumar and Abirami Lakshmanan (right) and Vijay Kumar and Lalitha Sridhar (left) braved spontaneous showers to tour the temple property.
Sivakumar and Abirami Lakshmanan are originally from Karaikudi and Chennai in Tamil Nadu. They now live in Boston, MA. Lalitha is from Bangalore and Vijay is from Delhi. They now live in Beaumont, TX. All spoke Tamil and were able to chat with the silpis much to their delight. Both couples said they found out about our center here on the internet
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.