Over nearly two years of discussion and waiting for county approval the next Peace Pole was finally installed at Lydgate Park. Sadhaka Rajanatha give is a blessing before departing.
Sivakatirswami drove the tractor to the park and the pole was in the truck. Sadhaka Tejadevanatha was our rigging engineer. A few blankets around the center and a strap turned out to be enough.
The team had poured the concrete foundation two weeks before and the stainless steel bracket was already in place.
The pole was made on behalf of the Interfaith Round Table of Kauai.
A near perfect fit.
Sivakatirswami made this pole using a natural Blue Gum log, cyprus plaques, covered with epoxy. When we poured the foundation we realized it was going into a playground area with little children all around. Swami added a “magical realm” to the pole but embedding special stones that inspire a little wonder in the little ones whose visual world is only three feet above the ground.
We also added a bell and this little girl is delight to ring a bell for peace!
We have to re-do the bell and also add covers for the metal straps below and the installation will be complete. It started to rain shortly after we drilled holes for the bolts and we called it a day. It was our Pancha Ganapati gift to the Kamalani Playground at Lydgate Park.
A formal dedication will take place later.
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MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH!jAI GANESA!
What a wonderful gift. Thank you dear Swamiji Sivakatirswami and all the monks. Thank you dear Gurudeva for the opportunity and inspiration to better ourselves during this Pancha Ganapati celebration. And thank you dear, dear, Satguru Bodhinnatha for teaching by example and continuing this most important work. Heartfelt love and appreciation to all.Aum Shanti
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.