Early one morning (before the first visitor had arrived) Paramacharya Palaniswami rose early and manifested this exquisite rainbow of color outside the Kadavul Temple. Palaniswami is the knowing expert, mastermind and creator behind the vast planning of the beautiful fifty-one acre Aadheenam botanical gardens.
Kauai is officially known as the "Garden Island" and visitors from all over the world marvel at the rich and beautiful array of flora here. The Aadheenam gardens are a tropical paradise, with flowering plants and trees from all parts of the world, lovely tranquil waterfalls and lotus ponds, with sacred shrines and peaceful areas for meditation. It is locally known as one of the most beautiful and uplifting botanical gardens on the island. These plants were a gift to the monastery from someone who loves the idea of sacred temple grounds where seekers can see God Siva everywhere they look.
Bodhinatha's Latest Upadeshas: "Not Getting Upset, Viewing Reaction from Higher Faculties" (September 14, 2014)
A measure of how serious we are in making spiritual progress is that we've learned the lesson from experience. Develop the ability to watch the mind think, understand the patterns of emotional action and reaction. Have the sense that you are a divine being to root out imperfections. Becoming upset is a temporary suspension of our higher faculties; transmute the energy into the third eye.
Master Course, Living with Siva, Lesson 149;
Master Course, Merging with Siva, Lesson 152;
Yogaswami, Words of our Master
"Eight Features of the Natha Sampradaya" (September 17, 2014)
We have to discover that part of us that is the Self. One of the important benefits of temple worship is it softens the ego. Recognize and love a Being greater than us, building humility. Go to Lord Murugan; His worship strengthens the kundalini. There's a power in learning through listening, shruti, that which is heard. Tradition, sadhana and tapas, informs, inspires, awakens potential.