A local Master Course student was at the Kauai Seed and Plant Exchange a few days back and sent these photos.
The monastery tent was the most popular of them all, with its unusual variety of plant gifts for the community.
Palaniswami and Senthilnathaswami were asked to open the event with a blessing, chanting "Sahana vavatu…"
Dharma is religious patterns which when followed promote the wellbeing of the individual, the family and society. Patterns so that the soul matures and gets closer to God, closer to realizing the Divinity within. Dharma is: "The orderly fulfillment of an inherent nature or destiny," working on instinctive, intellectual and intuitive natures. Destiny is fixed: Realization. Personal dharma, "your own perfect pattern in life", is different for the sannyasin and the householder.