Michelle Mellicker, one of our video trainers from Los Angeles with us last phase, is a great photographer. She captured some wonderful views of the monastery. It's always nice to see the land through the eyes of someone new. She shared these photos with the monastery via Facebook, where we are now exploring creating a monastery presence. There, one of her relatives commented that the land really seemed to let her in. Indeed, it did, starting with the magnificent view of the pali, Wailua River and waterfall that captivates us every day.
One of our koi ponds
A bromeliad flower reaching for the sky
Our photo captioner doesn't know what this is, but it is beautiful!
The stone chains, now on display at Iraivan Temple, are quite a work of art and engineering to behold.
What a wonderful view of the distant rudraksha trees
Some of the tools the stone craftsmen use in the construction of the temple.
Michelle's caption for this photo reads, "Rain never looked so good."
Rain captured on an ape leaf (that's pronouned ah-pay)
View of the Ganapati Kulam building from the Orchid Mandapam
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Key concepts: Naalupadasaivam: "A Saiva doctrine that the initiate should pass successively through charya, kriya, yoga and jnana stages and thence obtain moksha." The charya pada, the dasa marga, path of servitude. Sharing the world of God. The kriya pada, satputra marga, true son's way. Nearness to God. The yoga pada, sakha marga, way of the friend, experiencing inner light, sharing the superconscious mind. We talk to God. The jnana pada, san marga, sayujya patavi, union with God. There is no difference between Siva and the soul. God is our dearest Beloved. The three types of temples provide training and experience leading to worship and meditation in the Atma kovil.