Arumugaswami took the silpis to our annual farm fair yesterday. They encountered Congressman Neil Abercrombie, who is campaigning for governor. He presently represents Hawaii’s 1st district in Washington and was instrumental, along with other congressional representatives, in getting changes made to the US Religious Worker Visa Program that allowed the silpis to come to Kauai under the R-1 visa to work on the temple. He was happy to meet the group, asked how to say “hello” in their language and then greeted each with “Vanakkam.”
"Stand strong for Saivism." The nature of life for Saivites is to turn work into worship, to turn the secular into the sacred. Each day give a little extra warmth, humanness and upliftment to others. Every day is a holy day, all day long. We want to follow our religion even in our dreams. If we help someone, we're worshiping. Wherever we are, that's a place of worship. "To the Saivite Hindu all of life is sacred. All of life is religion."