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.
Key concepts: Naalupadasaivam: "A Saiva doctrine that the initiate should pass successively through charya, kriya, yoga and jnana stages and thence obtain moksha." The charya pada, the dasa marga, path of servitude. Sharing the world of God. The kriya pada, satputra marga, true son's way. Nearness to God. The yoga pada, sakha marga, way of the friend, experiencing inner light, sharing the superconscious mind. We talk to God. The jnana pada, san marga, sayujya patavi, union with God. There is no difference between Siva and the soul. God is our dearest Beloved. The three types of temples provide training and experience leading to worship and meditation in the Atma kovil.