An hour after the amazing Pada Puja performed by Sri Kumar Gurukal (third from right, in orange), a tropical rainstorm swept the monastery.
Not an ordinary rain, mind you. This was the most rain in a short period we have seen in all our 40+ years here.
The Wailua River rose. Then it rose and rose. Then it rose some more, bringing giant trees fifty or more feet tall and four feet in girth down the river. They were tumbled in the swift waters like twigs. Nature's energy is awesome to behold, and the monks were mesmerized, unable to take our eyes off this display of natural energy.
It made an island of these giant albezias, something not seen before.
The monks were calling the floating monsters Moby Tree.
This one was so big, it got stuck on the boulders. It will take us weeks to chainsaw it into moveable pieces. What a spectacle it was, and just in the aftermath of our four days of honoring Gurudeva. How could it be a coincidence, that the more abundant rains in history came at just that moment? Color us impressed.
Within our Saiva Siddhanta Holy Scriptures the Saiva Agamas explain the basis of temple ceremonies and worship plus yoga and jnana. The Tirukural was considered by Gurudeva to be "the most accessible and relevant sacred text." In it are practical and helpful guidelines for our conduct in every day life. The point of family life is to gain steady improvement, forever, in self control in the midst of responsibilities in the fulfillment of family dharma. Meanwhile, not taking detachment too far but taking it in the sense of spiritually looking for happiness, not outside in other people or possessions, the world, but inside ourselves and then sharing it with family and friends. "We regard the writings of our satgurus as scripture."
Path to Siva, Lesson 20
Tirukural, Introduction and Contents
Tirukural, Chapter 15 Possession of Self-Control
"The temple enables us to feel the presence of God, Gods and devas." We use our inner eyes to see what's going on in the temple, the three worlds. In the temple we're being good dvaitists in the dimfi perspective, focused in bhakti upon God Siva. In meditation we're monists, in the shumif perspective. We claim our oneness with Siva, Sivoham, I am Siva. In surrender, shrinking the ego through devotion, we have a realization that we're not the doer, that Siva is doing it all. Siva's energy comes through our soul.