Kulamata Amala Seyon leading the tour group to Iraivan.
Visitors on the tour pass Umbrella Ganesha where a rare flower is in bloom.
After many days of cool rainy weather, today was gorgeous which our many visitors enjoyed. Here they are learning the basic beliefs of Hinduism, Siva's all pervasiveness, karma, dharma, reincarnation and the pristine practice of ahimsa or non-violence. Guests also learn that Hindus believe there is no intrinsic evil, no devil or eternal hell.
Proceeding to Iraivan, guests take a moment to capture Siva's bounty on display throughout the tropical botanical gardens.
Strolling past Dakshinamurti, guests walk to Iraivan Temple.
Guests gather near to listen to the explanation of the revolutionary and unique "fly ash" concrete foundation designed to last a thousand years and to view the many wonders carved by hand in the granite pillars of Iraivan Temple.
Under the shade of the sacred Rudraksha trees, today's host, Kulamata Amala Seyon shares with our visitors the story of "Tears of Siva" which are used in ancient preparations of Ayervedic and Chinese medicine.
One lucky guests found a "Gowri Shankar" Rudraksha seed. This is unique in that two seeds are joined together creating Siva/Shakti energy. This type of bead is especially sacred to Saivite priests and Gurus.
Guests received envelops to share their names and contact information and to leave a love offering to help manifest Iraivan Temple, "…where the world will come to pray."
As many know, Iraivan Temple is built completely by donation.
This family is from Switzerland and are visiting the many Hawaiian Island sacred sites.
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.