Six of our Indian stone craftsmen are in the final days of their stay on Kauai. They arrived in August of 2005 and will leave on April 1st of 2009. Happy to return to their homes and families, a bit sad to leave Paradise. Here they are on an excursion to Pearl Harbor, visiting the battleship Missouri on the deck of which was signed the War Treaty that ended World War II.
Silpi Manikandan is our best translator between languages.
Silpi Sellaiah. These photos from this morning are taken on their day off, during their temple visit. Silpi Karuppiah is missing.
They stood for a photo by Kadavul Temple, and this little girl came forward, excited to have her picture taken, too. That's little Alex with our Indian craftsmen. She asked Palaniswami where all the animals went during the Iniki hurricane. Alex worshipped Lord Ganesha for the first time today. As she stood up from prostrating, she told her mom, "She is so beautiful!" Alex saw Ganesha as a woman.
Thank you for posting these wonderful pictures of the silpis – it is good to see the joyful souls who bring Iraivan Temple to life with their amazing talent and devotion. And thank you for the photos from the previous TAKAs – the delightful pictures of the monks and silpis, and the very special photo collection of our beloved Gurudeva. All will be cherished for many years to come! Namaste and a warm Aloha to little Alex!
It is not a mistery to hear Alex’s experience after praying to Ganesha for the first time. I myself have been seeing Ganesha as my mother, and I go to “Him” for all of my needs (like a little child going to his mother for every need); many “He” fulfils, and some “He” doesn’t, but in that case, “He” gives me the understanding that I do not need that—a wondreful peace of mind! Alex is blessed with this new experience.
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.