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…"
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