Guests gather in the Banyan Mandapam for the weekly tour presentation. A visitor takes a few moments to read the 20 basic beliefs of Hinduism, the Yamas and Niyamas , Yoga's Forgotten Foundation.
Stopping at the Nani Kaua Waterfall and Pond visitors learn about the extinct valcano, Mt Waialeale, and the land known as Pihana Kalani, "Where heaven touches earth."
Walking past the beautifully breathtaking Wailua River, many stop to enjoy the view and take photos
In the tropical gardens wonderful statues of the Gods peer out seemingly enjoying the beautiful souls strolling by. This is the renunciate, Lord Palani.
Beneath Siva as Vinadhara, visitors learn about the common beliefs of Hindus:
God Siva is Immanent Love and Transcendent Reality, All Pervasive, the energy flowing through all form. The beliefs of karma and reincarnation are central Hindu beliefs as is ahimsa or non-violence. Hindus also believe there is no intrinsic evil, no devil or eternal hell.
It is Rudraksha season and visitors delight in finding the beautiful beads on the ground. They also enjoy hugging and sensing the healing energy emanating from the the massive trees.
A few group photos of today's visitors.
Silpi Manikandan explains using the various types of chisels on the granite stone in the weekly demonstrations.
Silpi Kannan displays amazing speed and dexterity as he demonstrates the "sandpaper" chisel used for polishing the stones.
Because of these dedicated workers, Iraivan is a not just a temple in paradise. It is a master piece of fine art and technical design.
A young guests enthusiastically tries his hand at stone carving with a little help from his father.
Bodhinatha's Latest Upadeshas: "Not Getting Upset, Viewing Reaction from Higher Faculties" (September 14, 2014)
A measure of how serious we are in making spiritual progress is that we've learned the lesson from experience. Develop the ability to watch the mind think, understand the patterns of emotional action and reaction. Have the sense that you are a divine being to root out imperfections. Becoming upset is a temporary suspension of our higher faculties; transmute the energy into the third eye.
Master Course, Living with Siva, Lesson 149;
Master Course, Merging with Siva, Lesson 152;
Yogaswami, Words of our Master
"Eight Features of the Natha Sampradaya" (September 17, 2014)
We have to discover that part of us that is the Self. One of the important benefits of temple worship is it softens the ego. Recognize and love a Being greater than us, building humility. Go to Lord Murugan; His worship strengthens the kundalini. There's a power in learning through listening, shruti, that which is heard. Tradition, sadhana and tapas, informs, inspires, awakens potential.