Crystal clear days greet our many guests today on our weekly public tours. With the holiday season and children out of school there is a constant stream of visitors.
Last weeks tour group gathering under the Rudraksha trees.
With the work of the Siddhidata Kulam to build a railing we can now bring guests up on the foundation. Guests looking through the temple to the inner chamber, the sanctum sanctorum where one day soon the 700 pound Siva Crystal Linga will radiate a spiritual force which will bring thousands to Kauai.
Kandan is really wielding the hammer lately. A true stone master at work.
The children in the group all line up with great eagerness! I heard one little boy tell his father on the way back that he wants to be a stone carver when he grows up!
Here a guest decides to help build this enormous wonderment of the world.
Entering the monastery grounds, feeling the all pervasive sacredness is an experience on so many levels. It is like entering another dimension where each flower and tree whisper “all is well, all is divine”
Kulapati Easan Katir photographs the tour from another angle.
Kulapati Deva Seyon and Kulamata Amala Seyon addressing 80+ pilgrims and visitors.
Kulapati Deva Seyon leading the group on the path to Iraivan
Explaining the wonders of this divine Island
The Hon. Ashok H. Desai, former Attorney General of India and family
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.