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.
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.