Sunday, August 9th the Wailua Mission members and Master Course students living on Kauai gathered at the lovely home of Tandu and Uma Sivanathan. Here is one of the many beautiful Ganesha murthis in an alcove surrounded by water lilies and bonsai trees.
Master Course students Faith Collier and Kamala Guhan working on the rudraksha key chains. Bramacharini Lila Devi is making the ever popular bead on a string.
Kulamata Valli Sendan makes the many colorful tassels for the rudraksha malas as Rishimata "Oma" helps with the beads on a string
The men place the beads on the sturdy racks for power washing to clean the fruit off the seeds. Seated from left to right are Kulapati Aran Sendan, Master Course student Todhadeva Guhan and Kulapati Deva Seyon.
Seated on the floor is student Justice Collier, working on the couch, our host Tondu Sivanatha and Kulapati Durvasa Alahan.
Our beautiful and ever energetic hostess, Uma Sivananathan sits on the floor sorting the rudraksha beads by size and color to make malas.
A surprise guest from California on pilgrimage for a week, Nathan Sendan assists with putting the rudraksha beads on the racks.
Faith has great concentration and really enjoyed making the key rings to sell in the Mini Mela.
After working on the project for two hours, we break for a lovely potluck lunch.
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