We have had many visitors from Canada lately, most very happy to leave the frozen North and enjoy the less frigid Hawaiian climate.
Our visitors today are from Ontario, Canada and are accompanied by friends from Detroit, Michigan. Here they pose in front of the handcarved stone chain displayed temporarily on the western side of the Iraivan Temple. Rajendran and Hasu Patel from Michigan, and Pankuj and Mini Patel, Kirti and Bhavna Shah all from Canada.
In front of the Iraivan Temple sanctum.
Three more Hindu families enjoyed the beautiful morning puja in Kadavul Temple. All remarked on the peacefulness and spiritual beauty of this sacred place.
They later posed for a group photo after returning from a wonderful tour of the Iraivan Temple. (L/R) Mohan and Sudha Narayanan from Arcadia, FL; The Kamaraj family -- Mahiranan (12), Aranand (3), Kanmani and Jawahar all from Tracy, CA.; and Sohena and Chirag Patel from Allentown, PA.
Kanmani and her two sons Mathiranan and Aranand happily harvest some curry leaves before they leave the Aadheenam. Although three year old Aranand is not too sure he wants to be photographed.
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.