Aran Veylan from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, is here on Task Force. This morning he was contemplating the many wonders of Siva's Garden of Life.
His task: to plant this edible pandanus. Pandanus amaryllifolius is is known commonly as dal pandan and used widely in Southeast Asian cooking.
They have a nutty, botanical fragrance which enhances the flavor of Indonesian, Filipino, Malaysian, Thai, Vietnamese and Burmese foods, especially rice dishes and cakes.
The leaves are sometimes steeped in coconut milk, which is then added to the dish. They may be tied in a bunch and cooked with the food. They also may be woven into a basket which is used as a pot for cooking rice.
Visitors walk past Dakshinamurthi
On the roof, Yoginathaswami consults with Deva Rajan. Plans are evolving for the next water-proofing membranes.
The silpis at work on the floor installation.
It's a time-consuming project, but where else do you get a floor that will withstand any amount of traffic for one-thousand years?
Chip, chip, chip…
Chip, chip, chip…
Nearby Silpi Chitaiya works on the hand railing.
He is smoothing the joints where two stones come together.
It has been for me a grace to witness the unfolding beauty and emerging perfection of this Divine temple. May those so graced to build this temple be filled with infinite Siva blessings. In deepest gratitude for Guru Deva’s vision becoming manifest in the physical world.
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.