Iraivan morning is held each month by the Wailua Mission of Kauai in an effort to do something creative as a group to help with the building of Iraivan. Here Kulamata Amala Seyon shows Tandu and Uma’s granddaughter Leila how to string a necklace.
Academy Students Leanora Orr and Faith Collier (on the right) join the mission members during this time. It is an opportunity for students and mission members to get to know each other. The Academy students are actively studying the Master Course and progress through three levels of study and practice culminating in initiation into the Natha Sampradaya.
Justice Collier joins Aran Sendan and Brahmachari Rajadeva in stringing racks of Rudraksha beads for power washing.
Kulapati Durvasa Alahan who coordinates the Rudraksha Project is sitting with another Himalayan Academy student John Stern. Durvasa reported incredible sales of Rudraksha malas and jewelry over the $3,000.00 mark last month!
A variety of beautiful bracelets just complete and ready for the Mini Mela sales rack where Kulamata Isani Alahan is sitting right now waiting for them!
A new and very successful design of single bead necklace.
Leila shows us her beautiful creations. Gurudeva always told us that a harmonious mission is a creative mission!
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.