Sivakatirswami is working on a second Peace Pole to be installed at the Matsunaga Peace Garden in Hanapepe. This is fairly straight camphor log that was rescued from being disposed of. Camphor trees are common on Kauai and “grow like weeds” in some areas.
With a chainsaw the log is first squared off on four size to make a 4 sided log.
Next after careful marking, six sides are roughly cut running the saw with a guide.
We finally understood the importance of the Sthapati at iraivan. Getting a job like this done correctly is all about thinking it thru and marking everything very carefully!
Next came the power planer…
The area was wafting with the fresh smell of camphor shavings every where.
That’s it, a nearly perfect hexogonal pole. Next we install placques in six languages that say “May Peace Prevail on Earth.”
The pole is being made as the monastery’s participation in the Interfaith Roundtable of Kauai, which wanted to put some of these poles into the community.
This one will go to the Hanapepe Peace Garden. A small setting where children are taught values of tolerance and cooperation to make a better world.
"Temples with multiple deities can be confusing, especially for today's Hindu youth. For clarity, we need to bring forward a more precise understanding of the different Hindu denominations and how the different Gods are viewed from within each denomination. For spiritual advancement it is best to focus on one deity and get to the vibration that deity. When we hear teachings from various Hindus, it is important to understand and identify which denomination they are speaking from. This will avert confusion when that teaching gets contradicted in a different context where someone is talking about the same subject but from a different philosophical background."
Bodhinatha reviews the main characteristic of Saivite philosophy and practice with an indepth focus on the four stages of religions evolution, chariya, kriya, yoga and jnana. He highlights how this shows that Saiva Siddhanta is unique and quite from the modern practice of Hinduism as Vedanta