Greetings to all from Bodhinatha’s verdant Polynesian ashram.
We are so blessed to have a living satguru with us, a jewel of wisdom and model of detachment for us all to follow. The Kailasa Parampara goes on.
The First Prakaram Handrailing
Yoginathaswami was at the temple site all morning, coordinating the endless details with the Indian craftsmen. They stopped for a moment to pose in front of a finished section of the handrailing. There are some 38 pieces that make up each section, and it takes many days for the team to assemble each section, which goes completely around the temple. Bodhinatha has a special affection for this design, and enjoys examining it daily.
This architectural drawing shows the overview and context. On the last trip to India, the monks were told that this handrailing is quite important in terms of the energy of the temple. Without it, the life-force of the temple would constantly drain away from the sanctum, but that force is contained by the wall. As the floor and these railings are set in place, visitors get a glimpse of the finished spaces, how they will look and feel.
One Response to “Iraivan Temple's Latest Developments”
With each task marked “finished”, you bring us closer to Iraivan. But, you already know that. Also know how grateful we are for ALL that you do. Thank you, Yoginathaswami and the silpi team. Congratulations!
The letter "Ya" in the Panchakshara Mantra, Namasivaya, stands for the soul. Bodhinatha uses the Panchakshara Mantra to show how the soul is initially drawn by Siva's veiling grace, which leads the soul to maturity through experience in the world. Then comes Siva's revealing grace. When we've had enough of the world, Siva's grace pulls us toward God. The mantra also has the simple, two-syllable form. Si- Reflecting on God the Transcendent Absolute, Va-God as the All Pervading Consciousness