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.
Unless kundalini is active, the deepest meditative states are not available to us. But to activate kundalini, Gurudeva tells us we must invoke the grace of Lord Ganesha and Lord Murugan. "Yoga is internalized worship which leads to union with God." Experience the inside of you in a profound way. This requires dispassion. The popular term "kriya yoga" usual refers to a form of pranayama, but the original kriya yoga is defined by Sage Patanajli as the practice of three of the niyamas: tapas, svadhyaya and Isvarapranidhana. To achieve samadhi we practice yoga, steady restraint of mental activities, austerity, meditation, detachment, self study and worship of God. Communion with the Ishta Devata, the chosen God is a key and also Gurudeva tells us: the Deity chooses you.
Master Course, Dancing with Siva, Lesson 39
Master Course, Merging with Siva, Lesson 5
Patanjali's Yoga Sutras